Tamworth Golden Guitar winners Beccy Cole and Adam Brand headline this week's episode of Nu Country TV as a prelude to their performances at Whittlesea Country music festival.

Fellow Tamworth winners and Whittlesea guests Jake Nickolai and Sunny Cowgirls also perform on our show this Saturday February 10 at 9.30 p m on C 31.

The show is repeated on Wednesday at 5.30 pm and at high noon on Thursday.

This week's host is PBS-FM programmer and former Nu Country FM rockabilly DJ Hugo Armstrong who shot the Queenscliff Music Festival to international acclaim.

Armstrong, a fellow Geelong College graduate of former Nu Country DJ and latter day Acid Country PBS host David Heard, did his hosting role where the duo toil on Easey Street in Collingwood.

Series #5 producer Sofie Blichfeldt directed and filmed the extravaganza in the studio of the station that moved from St Kilda to Carringbush a few moons ago.

Cole, born in the Blackwood Hills of South Australia, brought her Golden Guitar tally to seven with three new gongs this year.

The one time singer with the Chambers family Dead Ringer Band, won awards for her Australian soldiers tribute song Poster Girl (Wrong Side Of The World).

It was inspired by a 2005 tour of duty in Iraq and Kuwait and included on the bonus disc when her fifth album Feel This Free (ABC) was re-released.

Cole, 36, hosted the 2006 awards on her return from the war zone.

"I'm still on a high from my experience entertaining the troops in the Middle East,' Cole said at the time.

"I have a huge amount of respect for our forces and I'm very proud of the great job they are doing over there. Our job was to provide an entertaining break from their gruelling routine. We succeeded. I'm happy to report that morale is high amongst the Aussies and if their hard work and commitment is anything to go by, peace in the Middle East is achievable."

CLICK HERE for a Cole feature from the Diary on April 16, 2005.


Adam Brand also returns to Nu Country with the video clip of his song Open Ended Heartache from his sixth album What A Life.

Brand, twice divorced at 36, was well qualified to write the song that scored him his ninth Golden Guitar.

The Perth born former stock car racer and dental technician spent his teenage years at Colac and Wallington south of Geelong.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Brand from the Diary on August 26, 2004.


Florida country singer Ronny Elliott performs Born In 1947 with his band The Nationals.

Elliott, 59, shares birth date and place - Birmingham, Alabama - with Emmylou Harris
Ronny has been recording since the sixties and opened for Kasey Chambers in a dirt floor Florida bar on her first American tour.

The singer has released seven albums that won wide exposure on Americana radio and on Nu Country and PBS-FM in Australia.

CLICK HERE for an Elliott feature and reviews from the Diary.


Whyalla born Jake Nickolai followed Keith Urban to Nashville last year where he won acclaim when he played showcases.

He shared a bill with expatriate Australian starlet Catherine Britt at prestigious 12th and Porter and Station Inn venues.

Jake also wrote with leading songwriters in Music City and is about to release his debut album.

Those writers included Neil Coty, Mike Mobley and Jon Vezner - Grammy award winning husband of singer songwriter Kathy Mattea.

Nickolai performs the video of Three Days Driving from his seven track ABC Music EP Think About You on Nu Country.

The hotshot guitarist was a headliner at the Nu Country TV Arts Centre showcase on January 30, 2005, and toured nationally with fellow South Australian born Cole.

Jake also worked on a charity recording session with fellow South Australian expat Jedd Hughes and his former employer - Texan country star Lee Ann Womack.

The session featured Joe Nicholls and was produced by Dan Huff whose clients are expat superstar Keith Urban and singing actor Tim McGraw.

Jake also played on a session with new artist, Kyle Wyley who was so impressed with his guitar skills he offered Jake the opportunity to record with him.

There was also a chance meeting with Blues Brothers legend Steve Cropper - the co-writer of Dock of The Bay who gave him one of his guitar picks.

CLICK HERE for a Jake feature from the Diary on September 13, 2005.


Sunny Cowgirls - Sophie and Celeste Clabburn - were raised on a family farm near Hamilton in the western district of Victoria before heading west across the Nullarbor.

They perform a video of their new single Six Pack Short from their second album A Little Bit Rusty (Compass Brothers-SONY-BMG.)

Sunny Cowgirls made the finals of the Golden Guitars and perform at Whittlesea in their home state.

Sophie Clabburn wrote seven originals - credible pen pictures of life beyond the smog and traffic - on the duo's new album.

CLICK HERE for a Sunny Cowgirls feature from the Diary on July 12, 2005.


Alex Watt's art imitates his life.

He moved to Tamworth from Western Australia wheat belt town Koorda after the bank foreclosed on the family farm when he was just 21.

Watt retrained as an agricultural plant mechanic and headed north with wife Sheree and their three children in 2004.

The singer, one of six children, grew up without television so music was the main feature of family life.

Alex's father was a musician in a local band and taught him the basics of piano and then guitar.

Watt, who began writing songs at 16, penned seven of 12 songs on his debut disc that was produced by Bushwackers member Roger Corbett.

Alex, a finalist in the prestigious Star Maker in 2005, performs a video of his album title track Window Down.

"I spent the first twenty-one years of my life on the family wheat and sheep farm," Alex revealed.

"I was a mad keen farmer ever since I was old enough to pull on my own boots. Unfortunately we went down the gurgler as far as the banks go. They kept lending us money until the bottom fell out of the land prices. My life changed big time then. It took me years to get over the loss of the farm. It was like a death. I think you really have to live some experiences to understand them. I went back to farming for about eight or nine years and in all that time I didn't play the guitar at all. But over the past two or three years I've started to get back into it."

Further info - www.alexwatt.com.au


ARIA award winning singer Troy Cassar-Daley hosted the premiere of Series #7 of Nu Country TV and has become a valued benefactor.

You can win an autographed copy of Troy's big selling sixth album Brighter Day by becoming a member of Nu Country TV.

We also have copies of Felicity's fifth CD My Life.

CLICK HERE to learn how to win CDS by Troy, Felicity, Kacey Jones, Catherine Britt, Tania Kernaghan and Billy Wyatt.

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