Three artists who record for indie label Compass Bros headline Nu Country TV this Saturday - August 2 - at 8.30 p m on C 31 on the eve of a rare triple headed concert at Crown Casino.

Golden Guitar winners Adam Brand, James Blundell and Sunny Cowgirls strut their stuff with new video clips on a show, repeated on Thursday at 9.30 am and Friday at 4.30 am.

The trio and their bands also perform at Palms @ Crown on August 2.

We also previously featured Brand in an interview filmed by Series #10 editor Sean Tierney in an episode hosted by in demand Melbourne drummer Dave Folley.

Mascot accountant Amber Lawrence and Sydney band The Pigs also showcase their latest video clips.


Adam Brand has won 11 Golden Guitars since leaving his home in Perth and heading east to Sydney.

The singer, who enjoyed secondary education at Colac and Wallington near Geelong, toured the east coast earlier this year with Noiseworks singer Jon Stevens.

Adam returns to Victoria for a solo concert at Colac before his Palms concert to prime the sales pump for his seventh album Blame It On Eve.

CLICK HERE to learn how you can win an autographed copy of his CD.

CLICK HERE for a feature story from the Diary on Adam on March 3.


Former Mortlake jackeroo and Northern Territory stockman James Blundell returns to
Nu Country with a video for Nature's Gentleman from ninth album Ring Around The Moon.

Blundell wrote the song about Ernie Charles Collins was born in Drake, NSW in 1928.

"He attended school until grade four, then was taken out of the education system, and began work for his father in a traditional shaft gold mine," Blundell revealed.

"He was underground, up to his knees in water, with a miner's lamp and pick for company. Right from an early age, he displayed a keen sense of individuality, which led him to look for something better in life. A jack-of-all-trades, and master of most, he could fix any piece of machinery with bits and pieces he found lying around, he could communicate with any horse thrust at him, and he loved and still loves his wife Kay with a single-minded devotion.

My brother and I were totally blessed to be partly raised by the two of them, and I still miss his company although we haven't worked together in 23 years."

James performed the song at six drought relief concerts in NSW en route to his Crown Casino gig on August 2.

Blundell headlined the concerts in southern and western NSW that gave rural families a break from the stresses of drought.

"Our songs won't make it rain or lift market prices," said twice wed James, now 44.

"But they will remind us this has all happened before and every day it doesn't rain is one day closer to when it does."

Victorian born Tamara Stewart and Peter Denahy and Hunter Valley vamp Kirsty Lee Akers joined Blundell at the gigs that began on July 4 in Urana.

The quarter also performed at Wakool, Booligal, Ungarrie (home of the famous AFL Daniher brothers), Barellan and Jerilderie.

Blundell also released his first DVD collection on July 7.

The Definitive Collection 1988-2008 celebrates the first 20 years of James' career and features 21 clips from the singer.

Blundell has written hits for Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan and Jimmy Little and won nine Golden Guitar awards and five ARIA Award nominations.

CLICK HERE for a Blundell feature from the Diary on February 1, 2005.


The Sunny Cowgirls perform a video for their song Dry Land Crop from their second album A Little Bit Rusty on the eve of their Crown Casino concert on August 2.

Celeste and Sophie Clabburn are making a rare return visit to their home state where they were raised on a farm at Dunkeld near Hamilton in the Western District wheat and wool belt.

The family later moved to a much larger farm in W A where the girls nurtured their love of country music.

They release their third album Dust Will Settle on the day of their Crown gig.

The album was recorded in Sydney and Tamworth with producer and record label boss Graham Thompson.

Their new single Acting Stupid, accompanied by a video clip, was launched early in July.

The Sunny Cowgirls signed with Compass Bros Records in 2005 and have sold more than 30,000 copies of their first albums.

Further info - www.sunnycowgirls.com.


Country starlet Amber Lawrence, who morphed from toiling as a Mascot accountant, returns to Nu Country with a video clip of her new single Good Girls.

Good Girls is the third single from Amber's album The Mile which peaked at #4 on the ARIA Australian Artist Country Chart.

Golden Guitar winning director Glenn Wilson shot the video that features two sides of the singer - good and bad.

Lawrence worked as a chartered accountant after graduating from university and has toured extensively since releasing her album.

The singer, 28, visited East Timor in November 2007 and performed for Australian Troops.

She also toured with The McClymonts, Adam Harvey, James Blundell and Travis Collins before joining Chic Frontier with Dianna Corcoran, Kirsty Lee Akers and Aleyce Simmonds.

Chic Frontier performs at Hallam Hotel on August 13, Bairnsdale RSL on August 14 and Wonthaggi Workers Club on August 15.

Further info - www.amberlawrence.com


We also feature The Pigs who made the finals of the Tamworth Golden Guitars with the video for Crazy - title track of their first EP.

The bluegrass quartet has a banjo warning on its CD cover - something many peers would slop for.

The Pigs frequently play Tamworth and Gympie but rarely perform south of the Murray-Dixon line.

Further info - http://www.thepigs.com.au/


We have more good tidings for viewers wanting to join Nu Country TV and keep us on air in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New Zealand.

Major independent label Compass Brothers has donated autographed copies of Adam Brand's seventh disc Blame It On Eve for viewers who become Nu Country members or renew their membership.

The CD has a bonus DVD of the making of the album and the video clip of Get On Down The Road that we aired on our show.

Adam also did an exclusive interview with Nu Country TV that we have broken up into two episodes during Series #10.

We have limited supplies of Adam's big selling CD-DVD so please email us first at music@nucountry.com.au so we can allocate your reward.

Adam performs at Crown Casino in Melbourne on August 2 with Compass Brothers stable-mates James Blundell and The Sunny Cowgirls.

CLICK HERE for the Adam Brand interview from the Diary on March 3, 2008.


We also have the latest CDS by Aussie stars Melinda Schneider and Catherine Britt as a reward for new members and renewing members.

Melinda hosts an upcoming episode of Nu Country and has donated copies of her fifth CD Be Yourself.

And Catherine and her record company ABC-Warner provided autographed copies of her third CD Little Wildflower.

We have limited supplies of Melinda and Catherine's big selling CDs so please email us first at music@nucountry.com.au so we can allocate your reward.


We'll feature highlights of the Kacey Jones-Becky Hobbs concert at the Noise Bar as a preview for our special later in this series.

Kacey Jones has donated autographed copies of her acclaimed tribute CD to the late, legendary Texan singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury to Nu Country.

Nu Country has featured the CD video clips San Francisco Mabel Joy and Lie To Me Darlin' featuring Texan singer-songwriters Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Payne.

The CD - to be released here in July - is one of many rewards for viewers to become members or renew their much-appreciated memberships.

Kacey also autographed tee shirts and posters for Nu Country members.

For your $22 membership and postage you can take your pick of Kacey memorabilia. We have limited supplies so please email us at music@nucountry.com.au first.


We also celebrated Shotgun Willie Nelson's 75th birthday on April 30 with a special giveaway of his collectors' book.

We have limited stock of Willie Nelson - The Collected Writings Of A Living Legend - The Facts Of Life And Other Dirty Jokes.

The book, featuring yarns, jokes and Willie Nelson song lyrics, is the latest addition to our prize treasure trove.

It's available for viewers wanting to become members or current members wishing to renew membership.

Please email us at music@nucountry.com.au for a chance to win a copy of this book with your membership.

We also have autographed copies of Mike Brady's new album Country To Country and others by Troy Cassar-Daley, Tania Kernaghan and Arizona singer Billy Wyatt.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page.

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