Florida Georgia Line's search for those shrinking 12 Apostles on our Shipwreck Coast in their new video for chart-topping hit Holy headlines Nu Country TV this Wednesday June 22 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.

Georgian star Jason Aldean, who played Margaret Court Arena in March with the Port Campbell visitors also returns to the show repeated on the Sabbath at 4 am.

Prolific hit writer Brandy Clark features in Editor Laith Graham's graphic for our Behind Bars segment - so she is back there this week with her new video and Tennessee bluegrass belle Sierra Hull.

Queensland born singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson also returns with his production client - Scotch College media and drama teacher Michael Waugh who performs a Gippsland football song.

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

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Christian duo Florida Georgia Line may not have been able to resurrect the eroded 12 Apostles in wild seas off our Shipwreck Coast but their video for smash hit Holy rocketed to the top of Billboard charts on debut.

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard lured their wives Brittney Cole Kelley and Hayley Hubbard to the Port Campbell cliff tops to appear in the video from their third album Dig Your Roots , scheduled for release in August.

It's not the first time the Florida femme fatales appeared in the duo's videos.

“The stripped down cliff-side scenes and sweeping vistas of a 25,000 year dormant volcano, matched with lyrics of love's salvation, culminate in an astounding visual as an ode to their wives,” was how the video was promoted in the U.S.

“There's something to be said for sharing your life with someone. We're officially a team now. We're building something together,” Kelley said of creative input of the duo's wives.

“I think people can see our love for our wives and the passion that we have for being good husbands in this song.”

Hubbard, no relation to Texan troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard, added “that's the key, we're both madly in love and our world revolves around our wives and our music.”

High rotation of the video on international TV is a huge boost for Shipwreck Coast tourism that recently received local funding for accommodation and better viewing facilities.

Holy , aka High On Loving You , was written by prolific Nashville hit tunesmiths Mike Busbee, Nate Cyphert and William Larsen.

It's unlikely the writers were privy to veteran Shipwreck Coast pioneer outlaw band The Dead Livers mystical hit Holy Mary that also name checked Apollo Bay, Port Campbell and Warrnambool in its religious imagery.

That tune's writer was retired Portland singing school teacher Marty Atchison - son of a Western District wool classer.

Marty was inspired by boarding at Monivae College in Hamilton with the band's bassist Michael Schack and trips down the Great Ocean Road.

Schack, son of a Glenthompson soldier settler and second Dead Livers member to recover after liver transplants, now performs with local bands from his home near Koroit satellite suburb Yarpturk.

He wrote our web page diary of his odyssey to the 42nd Willie Nelson July 4 picnic last year.

CLICK HERE for Schack's odyssey in our Concerts section.


Georgian chart-topper Jason Aldean returns with his video for Lights Come On that he showcased here in March at Margaret Court Arena.

Aldean, 39, toured to promote sixth album Old Boots New Dirt that is accompanied by live concert DVD Night Train To Georgia.

Aldean's video acting was enhanced by a role in historic Sweetwater movie with Ed Harris and January Jones.

Sweetwater, released as Sweet Vengeance in the UK, is a 2013 American thriller western film directed by Logan Miller and co-written with Andrew McKenzie and Noah Miller.

The movie is set in the late 1800s with a beautiful ex-prostitute trying to rebuild her life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico.

Aldean and childhood sweetheart wife Jessica Ussery - mother of his two daughters - split on April 26, 2013.

On March 21, 2015, he wed American Idol singer Brittany Kerr.

Aldean owns hunting company Buck Commander and 1300 acres of land outside Nashville - Black Jack Ridge.

Jason's record company Sony has released his entire recording catalogue from a decade long career on indie label Broken Bow .

CLICK HERE for an exclusive Aldean interview in The Diary on March 30, 2015.

CLICK HERE for our Membership page to win his CD and DVD.


Dual Grammy nominee Brandy Clark proved she's no suburban serf in her humorous video for Not The Girl Next Door.

It's on her third album Big Day In A Small Town out here this month.

Clark, 38, also features on the Dave Cobb Southern Family album.

Washington-state born Brandy has lived in Nashville for 16 years and co-wrote Texan Miranda Lambert's #1 hit Mama's Broken Heart and Band Perry chart-topper Better Dig Two .

She landed songs on albums by artists diverse as Gretchen Wilson, Ashton Shepherd, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Darius Rucker.

Clark was nominated for two 2014 Country Music Association Awards for New Artist and Song of the Year for Texan Kacey Musgraves hit Follow Your Arrow .

Brandy was reared in Morton, Washington - a logging town of only 900 people in shadows of Mount St. Helens.

Her indie album features Vince Gill on background vocals and debuted at #28 on Billboard .

Clark made her CBS network TV debut with Stripes on David Letterman's late lamented show.

Clark opened for Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles on her 2014 tour and wrote satiric Songs About Trucks for Waco country singer Wade Bowen.

Further Info - http://brandyclarkmusic.com/


Tennessean bluegrass singer Sierra Hull, just 24, returns with her aquatic video for Black River from fourth album Weighted Mind.

Sierra hails from Byrdstown and self-released debut disc Angel Mountain at the age of 11 and Rounder Records album Secrets at 16.

The mandolinist graduated from famed Berklee School of Music in Boston and launched third album Daybreak in 2001.

Banjo ace Bela Fleck produced Weighted Mind with guest vocals from singing spouse Abigail Washburn, Alison Krauss and Rhiannon Giddens.

Hull wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 12 songs on Weighted Mind.

The writing and production paint a portrait of a young woman confused and bewildered by the world around her as she leaves childhood behind.

She admits much of the music came to her through real life.

"I think the clouds have cleared up anybody that knows me knows I'm a naturally happy person,” Sierra revealed in an interview before appearing at the Telluride bluegrass festival with artist divers as John Prine and The Punch Brothers.

“I'm very blessed in my life, and really, even on those worst days of being down about, you know, whatever, something that just doesn't feel like I'm in the right place or something, I still also realize I've got it a lot more fortunate than most people. But I think what happens is that."

"I'm a very kind of emotional person in general. I tend to write more when I'm feeling more sorrow, I guess, than when I'm happy. If I wrote songs about when I was happy, I'd probably have a lot more songs, truly, than I would the other way. It wasn't just an artistic re-awakening I found there, it was quite a strong personal one too.

I was in a creative crevice. But for some reason the sound of the music that goes with songs that are more about sorrow, like even musically I think, sometimes I'm just more drawn to at this point in my life. I'm not sure why, but that seems to be the natural thing right now."

More info - http://www.sierrahull.com/


Eight time Golden Guitar winner Shane Nicholson proves that having an expensive house pest like rock peer Tim Rogers can be taxing.

So taxing that Rogers drives Shane to busking to pay the rent in his humorous new video for Weight Of The World from his sixth solo album Hell Breaks Loose.

Well, Shane could have returned to the digs of Captain Percy Pierre Gustaf-Janson whose 1842 vintage Rutherglen House bluestone animal mausoleum in Highlander Lane in our CBD was the locale for the launch of Wreck & Ruin - the second duet disc with former singing spouse Kasey Chambers.

The octogenarian former racing car driver and retired socialite has a few vacancies for new arrivals among his vast taxidermy treasures - perhaps a niche beside the unfortunate giraffe who was one of the first victims of the nearby Montague Street bridge.

Shane credits equally historic Hermannsburg - 130 km from Alice Springs and home of fellow singer-songwriter Warren H Williams - as his salvation, rejuvenation and birthplace of Hell Breaks Loose, produced by Matt Fell.

CLICK HERE for a feature story on Hell Breaks Loose in the Diary on August 24, 2015.


Gippsland dairy farmer's son and latter day Hawthorn teacher Michal Waugh returns to love of bush football in his video for Maffra Under 10's.

It was inspired by his nephew Ostin and another highlight of his debut CD What Might Be.

Waugh recreates rural rituals where boys and girls dream of sporting stardom as they play football on muddy fields near dairy paddocks where Friesians and Jerseys roam before and after milking.

Michael, now a boarding house master and media and drama teacher at Scotch College where Cyril Rioli and other indigenous peers mixed sport with academia, personalises not so trivial pursuits of young combatants from Sale Catholic College and Maffra Under 10's.

The athletes compete in front of cars parked behind oval fences where car horns are often mistaken for sirens that start and end each quarter and game.

Michael name checks footy icons - Drouin raised Gary Ablett, Kevin Sheedy, Alex Jesaulenko, Buddy Franklin and Nick Riewoldt - in a song that finds players hoping to reach the under 14's before soaring even higher.

It may be a more lucrative career than the dairy farmers' indentured slavery to corporate milk processors whose greed has soured not just the milk but rural families' lives.

Michel has covered that subject in his new song Baling Twine.

CLICK HERE for a Michael Waugh feature in the Diary on February 1, 2016.


We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 30 th series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.

Warner Brothers promo wizard Tony Midolo has given us Blake Shelton's CD If I'm Honest and Sony has donated the latest CD and DVD by Georgian star Jason Aldean.

We also have Angels And Alcohol - 20th album by fellow Georgian superstar Alan Jackson and Adam Harvey's 12th album Harvey's Bar - The Backyard Sessions .

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

They include singing actors Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Charley Pride and more.

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