We go behind the scenes to bring you excusive footage of the recording of the bushfire benefit song Marysville at 9.30 pm - Saturday - on Nu Country TV on C 31.

Californian born singer Kevin Welch wrote the evocative song about the Black Saturday fires for the St Vincent De Paul CD After The Fire.

Kane-Welch-Kaplin recorded it at the Salt Studio in East Brighton during Welch's 12th Australian tour in February.

Vinnies communications manager Carol Taylor persuaded Welch and promoter Rob Hall to open a window in their busy tour to cut Marysville at Peter Frawley's studio and donate their talent.

Our editor Kerry Richardson filmed the trio in Port Fairy and interspersed the audio for the song with Vinnies docco footage.

Shock Records released Marysville as a single to preview the After The Fire CD, now available at Collingwood's famed Last Record Store, JB Hi-Fi and Vinnies centres - all proceeds to fire victims.

Texan troubadour Rodney Crowell, who toured here in April, also returns as a solo artist and with embryonic band The Cherry Bombs.

Georgian born superstar Alan Jackson, who has cut Crowell songs, also performs a tribute song to a former woman employee on the show repeated Wednesday - 3.30 pm and Tuesday at 3.30 am.

Former Trick Pony singer Heidi Newfield debuts with her eulogy to the late superstar Johnny Cash and singing spouse June Carter Cash.


Former Goanna singer Shane Howard wrote new song Carry Me about the fires and cut it at his studio at Killarney on the Shipwreck Coast.

It's also on After The Fire - on sale in Howard's hometown Warrnambool at indie retailer Capricorn Records and the Vinnies store in Fairy St.

Howard has been touring Ireland while brother Damian Howard's Ploughboys work the folk festival circuit as an appetiser to Tamworth in January.

Kinglake singer Ross Buchanan, who lost a son and daughter on Black Saturday, cut his song Salty Tears for After The Fire.

Buchanan, singer for Country Paydirt, performed it at the Whittlesea bushfire benefit festival on April 4.

Ross also performed his song at other festivals where he and his family sold After The Fire to raise funds for fellow bushfire victims.

CLICK HERE for full After The Fire CD details in our Diary on March 15.


Texan troubadour Rodney Crowell and guitarist Will Kimbrough won a vast new audience when they toured in April with Nu Country TV host and singer-songwriter Felicity.

Crowell performs the video for Sex & Gasoline - a social comment song on pop culture - title track of his 20th album.

Crowell's second singing spouse Claudia Church also appears in the video.

Rodney, now 58, wed Claudia in 1996 after he split with Rosanne Cash - daughter of the man in black

Crowell is indebted to superstar Keith Urban for recording his songs and fellow expat - Quorn born guitarist-singer-songwriter Jedd Hughes - for playing in his Nashville band.

Rodney and embryonic band The Cherry Bombs also reprise the video for humorous song It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long.

Crowell and Kimbrough scored applause when they performed the song at Prince Of Wales Hotel in St Kilda and the Harmony Row Vineyard near Kyneton.

Award winning guitarist Vince Gill - special guest on the new Willie & The Wheel disc - appears in drag in the video.

The son of a late appellate court judge in Columbus, Ohio, rarely frocks up when home with second singing spouse - Christian singer and golf partner Amy Grant.

CLICK HERE for Anne Sydenham's review of the St Kilda Crowell-Kimbrough gig in our concert reviews on April 16, 2009.
CLICK HERE for a Crowell interview from the Diary on March 28, 2009.
CLICK HERE for a Cherry Bombs story in the Diary on January 23, 2005.


Georgian born superstar Alan Jackson performs in the video for Sissy's Song off his huge selling 17th album Good Time.

Leslie "Sissy" Fitzgerald worked for Alan until she died in motorbike accident on May 20, 2007.

Jackson, 50 and father of three daughters, wrote the song for her funeral and recorded it after an amazing reaction.

Sissy's husband, who restores cars for a living, works with Alan.

She also left behind a college-age daughter and a son in high school.

The shock of such a sudden tragedy shattered Jackson.

"I didn't sleep for a while," he says. "So I sat down one day and wrote this song, and after that I felt all right. A lot of people told me how much it made them feel better and helped them get through it a little easier. So I was very proud of it."

The black-and-white video, directed by Scott Scovill, features Alan in performance shots against the back-lit pews of historic Bear Creek Church - a tiny Civil War-era building listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

CLICK HERE for a Jackson feature in the Diary on May 28, 2008.


Former Trick Pony singer Heidi Newfield performs in the video for her tribute to the late Johnny and June Carter Cash.

She also performed it on the ACM Awards in Vegas in April.

Johnny and June is a highlight of her solo CD What Am I Waiting For.

Buddy and Julie Miller also eulogised Johnny and June in their song June, penned on May 15, 2003 - the night she died.

It's on their latest album Written In Chalk.

Fellow Highwaymen recorded Good Morning John, for friend-mentor Johnny Cash, about his struggles with addiction early in his life.

It's on the new Kristofferson disc Closer To The Bone - his second on New West Records, scheduled for release on September 29.

Heidi, 38, grew up on a horse farm in northern California and named her first band after a trick pony.

They split after a decade in 2006.

Newfield and Hunter Valley singer Kirsty Lee Akers both recorded the Angaleena Presley song Knocked Up on their most recent albums.

CLICK HERE for a Heidi Newfield feature in the Diary.


EMI Records has provided Nu Country TV with Arizona born Dierks Bentley's fifth chart topping CD Feel That Fire.

Bentley won an enthusiastic following on his debut Australian tour in May with superstars Brooks & Dunn.

Feel That Fire has already produced two U.S. #1 hits - the title track and Sideways.

Bentley, 33, has scored seven #1 hits since leaving Phoenix for Nashville as a teenager.

Dierks trails only expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban as most played male artist on U.S. country radio so far this year.

The father of two is currently blitzing the U.S with West Virginia born star Brad Paisley on his American Saturday Night tour.

Bentley plans to return to Australia for a second tour to capitalise on his growing fan base.

The singer has broadened his music by including bluegrass - featuring the famed McCoury family - on albums dating back to his indie debut Danglin' Rope.

He has also recorded duets with prolific Grammy winner Alison Krauss and Texan chanteuse Patty Griffin.

Win Feel That Fire by becoming a member of Nu Country or renewing membership.
It only costs $20 including postage.

Please email us first at music@nucountry.com.au

We will then send you the CD on receipt of your cheque or money order made out to Nu Country Music.


We have more good news for viewers - EMI Records has given us an invaluable collectors' item - a brace of the 4 Box sets by late Australian country legend Slim Dusty.

Sittin' On 80 features a lost, classic track discovered by Slim's widow Joy McKean.

Joy found Give Me Room from a 1997 recording at their home studio Columbia Lane.

It was written by one of Slim's favourite writers John Dohling - outback station hand and good mate who passed away in November last year.

Sadly he never heard the final version of Slim's recording of his classic trucking song.
It has now been released as a single and included on Sittin' On 80.

Slim's legendary Travelling Country Band played on the song that has been digitally re-mastered by Australia's mastering guru Don Bartley.

All you have to do to win Slim's 4 CD Box set is become a member of Nu Country TV or renew your membership.

It only costs $20 and includes postage.

Please email us first at music@nucountry.com.au

We will then send you the CD on receipt of your cheque or money order made out to Nu Country Music.


Sony-BMG has also given us extra copies of the Cowboy Town tour souvenir CD and bonus Greatest Hits CD.

Viewers who become members or renew membership for just $22 including postage can win the double CDs.

Please email us at music@nucountry.com.au with your pledge.

Important note - please email first - don't send your membership until you have been confirmed as a winner.

Brooks & Dunn have sold more than 30 million album since releasing their debut disc in 1991.


Universal Music has donated copies of teen sensation Taylor Swift's huge selling second album Fearless to Nu Country TV.

Viewers who become members or renew their membership can win the Fearless CD.

Swift, 19, played capacity audiences on her debut Australian tour in March and plans to return in 2010.

Please email us at music@nucountry.com.au with your pledge.

Important note - please email us first.

Don't send membership cheque until you have been confirmed as the winner.


We have Catherine Britt's third CD Little Wildflower for viewers who wish to become members or renew membership.

Catherine, Adam Brand and Mike Brady were among artists who donated their talent to the Whittlesea Bushfire benefit on Saturday April 4.

Brady donated autographed copies of his Country To Country CD to viewers who become members or current members who renew their membership.

Mike was also a VIP guest host of Nu Country TV during our eighth series.

So for your membership you can win Mike's CD Country To Country or Catherine Britt's Little Wildflower CD.


We have the following CDS for viewers who email our web page and pledge $22 membership at music@nucountry.com.au .

Telstra Road To Tamworth winner Jasmine Rae's debut CD Look It Up.

We also have Steve Forde's fifth album Guns & Guitars.

Both Rae and Forde performed at the CMC Rocks The Snowy festival at Thredbo.

Jasmine also supported Brooks & Dunn and Bentley on some of their Australian concerts.


Internationally renowned country comedienne, singer-songwriter and producer Kacey Jones has given us a box of autographed merchandise for viewers and members who renew their membership.

A highlight is her acclaimed tribute disc Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury that is scheduled for Australian release in July.

We have autographed collectors' copies of the CD for viewers who want to become members of Nu Country TV.

She 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 celebrate 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 out prize treasure trove.

It's available for viewers wanting to become members or current members wishing to renew their 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 other CDS in our library as rewards for your valued membership - we rely on membership for our survival.

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