Texan troubadour Rodney Crowell and duet partner Emmylou Harris headline Nu Country TV Saturday June 20 at 10.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44 on the eve of their return to St Kilda Palais on Thursday June 25.

The celebrated singers, who first worked together in Emmylou's Hot Band in 1975, are touring to promote second duet album The Travelling Kind .

Fellow Texans Miranda Lambert and Wade Bowen return to the program repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm, Wednesday 7.30 am and Thursday 2.30 am.

Georgian Kip Moore also boomerangs with a marriage parody and California Jon Pardi debuts with his first Top 10 hit.

Sydney bluegrass band The Pigs trot back to the show filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Thanks to former Vincent riding pioneer counter culture writer-editor and Federal MP Pete Steedman we have liberated the John Fogerty tribute album Wrote A Song For Everyone from our membership rewards program.

We thank Pete - our latest benefactor in our struggle to survive on free to air TV

Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.

Just follow this link on your computer or mobile phone - http://www.c31.org.au/program/view/program/nu-country-tv


Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris reveal the roots of their musical marriage dating back to 1975 in a mini-documentary in Behind Bars.

The duo discuss working with Harris's Hot Band that also featured Hank De Vito, Ricky Skaggs, Emory Gordy Jr, James Burton, Glen Hardin, John Ware and Albert Lee.

They also explain song sources and choices for their 2013 debut duet disc Old Yellow Moon.

Rodney, 64, and Emmylou, now 68, play St Kilda Palais on Thursday June 25 to promote their second joint album The Travelling Kind.

When Emmylou toured here in 1984 for expat Australasian promoter Barry Coburn she was accompanied by famed tour manager and author Phil Kaufman.

We arranged a Sydney reunion for Kaufman and Adelaide born fellow Emmylou roadie Michael Martin - Phil's partner in crime - when they stole her former duet partner Gram Parsons body and gave it a cut rate cremation at Joshua Tree National Monument in the Mojave Desert in California.

Gram, who died at 26 from a booze and drug overdose at the Twenty Nine Palms motel, on September 19, 1973, made a death pact with Kaufman at the funeral of Byrds guitarist Clarence White who was killed by a drunk driver at 29 on July 15.

Kaufman kept his side of the pact by commandeering a hearse to liberate Parsons body and coffin from Van Nuys airport en route to Florida .

Art imitated life when Johnny Knoxville starred as octogenarian Kaufman in the 2004 movie Grand Theft Parsons - based on Kaufmann's book Road Mangler Deluxe .

That was long after Kaufman, who had cameos in the movies Spartacus, Riot in Juvenile Prison, and Pork Chop Hill, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1996.

Rodney and Emmylou headlined the Kaufman cancer fund raising Concert For Manglerdesh at famed Ryman Auditorium on October 8, 1996 - it also featured Aussie tourists Guy Clark, Marty Stuart, Steve Earle, Trisha Yearwood, Nanci Griffith, Jon Randall, Barry & Holly Tashian and Sam Bush and other artists including The Delevantes , Bob Woodruff , Sweethearts of The Rodeo and Riders In The Sky.

Kaufman boomeranged to full health and has since toured here with Emmylou Harris and Texan singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith.

That was despite producing and releasing mass murderer Charles Manson's album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult at the height of his notoriety before they shared Terminal Island prison cell digs in the sixties when Kaufman was imprisoned on a minor drug bust.

Kaufman's first post-prison gig was chauffeur for Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull.

CLICK HERE for a review of The Travelling Kind in the Diary.

CLICK HERE for a review of Crowell CD Tarpaper Sky in the Diary on June 1, 2014.


Texan singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert emulates Tennessean peer Will Hoge with a song that became a Dodge truck jingle

Lambert's video for Roots And Wings is an extension of the original ad, featuring Lambert driving her Ram truck down country roads as photos and videos of memories flash across the screen.

“I got red dirt stains on my boots and jeans/calloused fingers from my guitar strings/wild like the wind in the tall pine trees/I got roots, and I got wings.”

She auctioned the Dodge Ram to raise funds for her Oklahoma pet shelter - the Mutt Nation Foundation - that provides foods and lodgings for deserted canines and felines.

It's not far from the Tishomingo ranch where she and singing spouse Blake Shelton lay their weary heads when not on the road or TV shows diverse as The Voice, Kimmel and late lamented Letterman .

Lambert , 31 and daughter of former Dallas undercover drug detective Rick Lambert , said “Roots and Wings is all about taking what life hands you and making it your own

“I am very inspired by what the Ram brand stands for - being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots,” Lambert said when the ad was originally released.

“I wanted to write a song that would represent all of those things. Roots and Wings is personal to me about where I come from and where I am going. The guys at Ram really made the lyrics come to life with the imagery, and I hope it speaks to people the way it does to me.”

Lambert also wrote new song, Two of a Crime for new comedy movie Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon.

"Reese texted me and told me about the movie and wanted me to write something or sing or both,” Lambert recalled.

“I got inspired. I love Reese and Sofia Vergara. It was a bit of a Thelma and Louise theme, and that's totally up my alley. It is really so fun to be part of it."

"It was the first time I wrote a song specifically for a movie, so it was a different experience for me."

Miranda has also released Smokin' and Drinkin', featuring Little Big Town , from her huge selling sixth album Platinum .

Natalie Hemby wrote the song with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.

Lambert also released op 5 singles Automatic, Somethin' Bad and Little Red Wagon - Somethin' Bad , with Carrie Underwood, reached #1.

But she revealed recently she missed out on another hit.

“I had the song Downtown for a little bit,” Lambert revealed.

“Me and Lady Antebellum had it at the same time, but they were cutting a record before me, so I just let it go, because I thought they would do an awesome job, and they did, and it was a big hit.”

The debut single from March tourist Lady Antebellum's fourth album Golden soared to the top of the charts in 2013.

The trio - Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood - knew Lambert was interested in the tune

“It was one of those songs that we heard and fell in love with and then found out that someone else had that song on hold,” Scott recalled.

“That someone was actually a girl by the name of Miranda Lambert, who I consider a good friend.

“She very, very selflessly said, ‘Let Lady A have it,' so we owe her a huge thank you.

“She really went above and beyond, and that's what you find in our amazing genre of country music - that the artists really do love each other and support one another.”

CLICK HERE for a Miranda Lambert Platinum review in the Diary on June 23, 2014.


Georgian Kip Moore proves that weddings can be fun in his satiric video for new single I'm To Blame.

Kip, now 35, had plenty of time in the hallowed house of God as a youngster.

His mum is organist in a Baptist church in his hometown Tipton

I'm to Blame is on his second album Wild Ones , out in August.

Moore, now 34 and one of six children, was an avid surfer before choosing a music career - he wrote tunes for fellow young guns Thompson Square and James Wesley.

The singer also performs Lead Me on the soundtrack of new movie The Best Of Me , starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden.

CLICK HERE for a Kip Moore feature in the Diary on February 20, 2013.


Californian singer-songwriter Jon Pardi got breaks touring with Arizona bluegrass and country star Dierks Bentley who played St Kilda Palais with Aussie country king Lee Kernaghan on March 13, 2012.

And, like concert guests - Carlton footballers Andrew Walker and David Ellard and St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt - Pardi, 30, is kicking goals a little higher on the ladder.

Pardi performs an energetic video for his second single Up All Night - his first Top 10 hit - from debut album Write You A Song .

The singer toured as opening act for label-mate Dierks, Eric Church, Gary Allan and Alan Jackson before he released debut single Missin' You Crazy that debuted at #58 and peaked at #29 in 2012.

Third single What I Can't Put Down preceded When I've Been Drinkin on September 22, 2014.

Pardi grew up in Dixon but ignited his career at Butte Junior College in Chico where he started Northern Comfort and moved to Nashville on February 23, 2008, with his dog, PA system and $7,000 savings.

He used a credit card to pay for lifeguard training to earn money until he landed a publishing deal 18 months later.

Two early collaborations Write You a Song and Fighting The Fool landing him his contract.

Further info - http://www.jonpardi.com/welcome.html


Texan Wade Bowen performs an acoustic version of Say Anything in Behind Bars .

Wade hails from Waco - the Texan city where bikie parking is fatal for Chromosexuals from competing gangs at restaurants.

It's also hometown of bluegrass author and comedian Steve Martin and latter day digs of sharp shooter Billy Joe Shaver who also pumped lead outside Papa Joe's Saloon at Lorena, south of Waco.

Say Anything is on Wade's sixth album The Given .

The Texas Tech University graduate also appeared on Nu Country with When I Woke Up Today from his self-titled seventh album.

Sadly, tragedy struck on June 9 for Wade's duet partner Randy Rogers from previous video for Standards on their joint album Hold My Beer, Volume 1.

Randy and wife Chelsea lost their second daughter, Rumer Rain, of natural causes less than two weeks after her birth at Seton Memorial Hospital in Austin , Texas .

Rogers, who appeared on Nu Country with his video for Interstate from fifth album Burning The Day, has cancelled several Texas gigs this week.

Further info - http://wadebowen.com


Sydney bluegrass band The Pigs return with Josh Abrahams on bottles in their video to Addicted To Bass.

It's another highlight of their fourth Home Brew - 13 Aussie classics done bluegrass style

We have also run their videos for Skyhooks classic You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed with Red Symons and Fanny Lumsden and INXS hit The Devil Inside.

The Pigs are touring nationally to promote their album on radio and TV.

CLICK HERE for a Pigs CD review in The Diary on April 6.


We need your support as we celebrate the 27th series of Nu Country TV .

Australian record companies and artists have joined forces to ensure our survival.

We have new CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your membership.

They include singing actors Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw, Voice judge Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Chris Young, Charley Pride, Slim Dusty, Rosanne Cash and more.

We also have DVDS by Lady Antebellum.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for full details.

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