Florida born moonshiner's daughter Elizabeth Cook headlines Nu Country TV Saturday October 3 at 10.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.

Fellow Floridians Trinity River Band debut on the show repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm, Wednesday 7.30 am and Thursday 3 am.

And veteran maestros The Lonesome River Band keep the bluegrass tributary flowing Behind Bars on the program hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Texan troubadour Eric Paslay and Sydney singer Aleyce Simmonds also return after international tours.

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Elizabeth Cook is best known here for writing songs with one time Nu Country TV host Melinda Schneider.

Cook and Schneider, both daughters of country music artists, had a Sydney reunion on her 2013 Aussie tour.

Elizabeth and former singing spouse Tim Carroll played Northcote Social Club on Beer Can Hill to promote her fifth album Welder after Tamworth gigs with Jim Lauderdale.

The singer, now 43, revisits animated historic hit Stupid Things from her second album Hey Y'all back in 2002.

Cook is youngest of 11 children of late dad Tom - a moonshiner who learned to play double bass during a 10 year gaol term.

Tom and her mum Joyce played in aptly named duo - Medicare - into his 80's.

Elizabeth introduced Melinda and famed yodeller mum Mary to the Medicare family duo backstage at the Grand Ole Opry where they performed as an impromptu trio.

That was after Cook and Schneider wrote Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman - title track of Elizabeth 's fourth album.

They both recorded their Balls anthem and Rest Your Weary Mind.

Another of their 12 collaborations I Like Men in Trucks also surfaced on Melinda's fourth album Stronger .

Cook completed international cross fertilisation by hiring Bones Hillman of Midnight Oil as her bassist.

CLICK HERE for a Cook interview in the Diary on November 9, 2008.

CLICK HERE for a Schneider interview in the Diary on August 9, 2006.


The Trinity River Band debut with a live rendition of Better Than Blue - title track of the family's fifth album.

Singer Sarah Harris and bassist sister Lisa featured in a turkey hunt in Kentucky on a recent episode of TV show Bloodlines in the Bluegrass Babes episode.

The family band hails from Callahan , Florida , where they began playing in local churches in early 2008 before full-time touring in 2011.

Members are Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Lead and Harmony Vocals); lead singer-mandolinist, Sarah - a two-time IBMA Momentum Award Nominee in the Vocalist of the Year Category.

Better Than Blue is on Orange Blossom Records - it features original material from Mike and Sarah Harris, Larry Cordle, Lisa Shaffer, Carl Jackson, Lucinda Williams, Sarah Pirkle, Brink Brinkman and Paula Breedlove.

The band also appeared on Dugger Mountain Show on the Heartland TV Network (formerly Nashville Network ) and Daytime - a nationally syndicated morning show.

The band released 9th studio album - gospel disc Jump Off The Ship in June.

Further info - http://www.trinityriverband.com/


The Lonesome River Band return with some homespun philosophy.

Her Love Won't Turn On A Dime is also title of their 16th album - latest in a 30 year recording career - that also features their tune Lila Mae .

Singing actor-author-comedian-banjo player Steve Martin presented Lonesome River Band ace Sammy Shelor with his bluegrass banjo excellence award on the late lamented David Letterman show.

Waco born Martin, now 70, then joined the band live on the show.

The band formed in 1982 - current members are Shelor, fiddler Mike Hartgrove, mandolinist Jesse Smathers, bassist Barry Reed and guitarist Brandon Rickman.

It was featured on several tracks of John Fogerty's 1997 album Blue Moon Swamp .

Further info - http://lonesomeriverband.com/www/


Eric Paslay returns with She Don't Love You ( She's Just Lonely ) - third single off his debut self-titled album.

Eric, 32, wrote it with Jennifer Wayne but it was originally intended for someone else.

“We initially were trying to write a song for George Strait , because he had just announced that he was doing the Cowboy Rides Away Tour,” Paslay revealed.

“And Jen Wayne's grandfather is John Wayne, so she knows a lot about cowboys. So we were trying to just write that song, and we didn't quite have it.

“And in the midst, like songwriters do, of writing a song, just cutting up and small talk and this and that, and I think I said, you know, ‘She don't love you,' or she said, ‘She don't love you,' and I said, ‘Yeah, she's just lonely.' Just kind of joking around or something. Forty-five minutes later, we had written She Don't Love You .”

Eric hails from Abilene - his 700 song catalogue includes many hits written for peers.

We previously featured his first #5 smash hit Friday Night - also cut by prolific Grammy winning Georgian March tourists Lady Antebellum .

Although Paslay co-wrote Eli Young's Even if It Breaks Your Heart , Jake Owen's Barefoot Blue Jean Night and Love and Theft's Angel Eyes he has plenty of spares.

On his debut disc he co-wrote all 11 tunes including Country Side Of Heaven featuring Little Big Town and Less Than Whole with Big Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich.

The long tall Texan towers above peers on stage but shares propensity for hook heavy love songs like Pontiac driven entrée Keep On Fallin , Never Really Wanted and Here Comes Love .

Further info - http://www.ericpaslay.com/


Port Macquarie born singer Aleyce Simmonds returns with Stronger from her second album Believe.

Aleyce, now 28, also performed it with Louisiana guitarist singer-songwriter-actor Hunter Hayes in April at the Prince Of Wales in St Kilda.

She recently released new single Joshua - written for her brother who died 21 years ago as an infant.

The dual 2015 Tamworth Golden Guitarist is touring locally after recent Norway and Europe sojourns.

Aleyce previously appeared with The Keeper from her debut album Pieces Of Me and her duet with Lachlan Bryan on My Life Drives Me To Drink .

Simmonds is also co-writer of Nu Country TV host and Starmaker finalist Cameron Cusack's debut single Dreams Are Not That Far Away .

The singer recently released a double CD collection on indie label WJO through Universal.

It included tunes from her EP Mighty, Mighty Love - her prize for winning the 2005 Telstra Road To Tamworth competition.

Aleyce also toured with Parkes born singer Dianna Corcoran and Mascot minstrel Amber Lawrence in Chic Frontier and worked in a duo with younger sister Karlee.

Further info - www.aleycesimmonds.com


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