Legendary Floridian singer-songwriter Ronny Elliott belatedly celebrates his 60th birthday on Nu Country TV this Saturday June 30 on C 31.

Elliott, born on April 21, shares his birth year and place - Birmingham, Alabama - with Emmylou Harris.

He also shares a timeline or two with this week's show host - expatriate Californian teacher and chef Mid-Pacific Bob Olson.

Mid-Pacific Bob, a mathematics wizard, also shares a timeless recipe with viewers from the culinary HQ at Northcote High School in the Beer Can Hill delta.

CLICK HERE for Mid Pacific Bob's recipes.

Ronny performs a live version of his song Born In 1947 on the show at 8 p m on Saturday - it will be repeated on Thursday at 2 a.m.

The singer reprised the song on his eighth album - a live disc - that was released this year on his own indie label Blue Heart.

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 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 on February 6, 2007.


Oklahoma singer Pat Payne has embellished his five independent albums with songs in movies.

They include Waitin to Live, starring veteran actor Lee Majors and Barry Corbin and directed by Joey Travolta, Flat Tire and new movie The Forgotten Few.

Waitin to Live writer Nick Felix and Majors appear in the Payne video clip for the title track of his album Backroads that airs this week on Nu Country.


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Majors needs no introduction but Texan character actor Corbin's careers dates back to Urban Cowboy in 1980 and The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia in 1981 to the recent Dukes Of Hazzard movie, King Of The Hill and Spielberg's Director's Chair.

Payne, three-time entertainer of the year on Oklahoma Opry, also wrote the theme song for TV show On The Road.

He recorded his new album during the Texas spring at Willie's Place near Lone Star state capital Austin.

Further info - http://www.patpayne.net/


Melbourne band The Original Snakeskins followed their studio albums with a live DVD recorded in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

They perform a video of traditional gospel tune I'll Fly Away, reincarnated on the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.

You might awake to the Original Snakeskins if you doze off in the Canterbury dental surgery of band member Andrew Langton-Joy.

Andrew plays dobro, banjo and mandolin on their third CD We Got Trouble featuring nine original songs by bassist Steve Hyde and the majority of vocals by Anne Ungar.

Harmonica player Alan Rose penned Near The Bottle Is Me - a mood modifier.

The band launched the CD at Wesley Anne on Beer Can Hill in Northcote.

Further info - www.theoriginalsnakeskins.com


Andy Alberts has long been a popular performer at Port Fairy folk festival and other venues on the Shipwreck Coast of Victoria.

The Gunditjmara singer songwriter was born one of six children at the Framlingham Aboriginal mission.

After leaving school at 14 Andy worked in a local factory and Warrnambool hospital as well as fruit picking.

Andy has also been an administrator at the local Aboriginal cooperative.

He started playing guitar at 12 while watching his sisters and brothers and friends play and developed a passion for writing with the encouragement of former Goanna singer Shane Howard and Lee Morgan.

Alberts, renowned for his dry humour, fronts his own band The Walkabouts and also joined Robbie Bundle and Howard to record Kingfisher Dreaming as the Buddas at Shane's famed Killarney studio The Shed.

Lost In Suburbia bassist Peter Bird produced Alberts second solo CD Life And Land, featuring The Howard siblings and diverse local musicians at Bird's Warrnambool studio YELP.

Andy performs a video of his original song Back Where I Belong on Nu Country TV


NSW band the Yee Ha Boys debut on Nu Country with a video clip of Playin' 8 Ball - title track of their Waterfront Records CD.

They feature Sydney dancer and model Tommy Lee in their vast cast in their video.

Former Ted Mulry Gang guitarist Mick Buckley formed the band after he toured the U.S. for six years when he was based in New Orleans.

Buckley injected his Texas swing music into a band featuring members of rock acts - Noiseworks and The Radiators.

The Yee Ha Boys performed at Gympie Muster and Royal Sydney Show in 2006 and plan to return to the U.S. in 2007.

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