Arizona pilot Dierks Bentley is joined in the chart cockpit by singing actress Elle King as they headline Nu Country TV on Channel 31/Digital 44 on Saturday October 22 at 9.30 p.m.

Tennessean singer-songwriter Chris Young and Oklahoma star Vince Gill also return to the show repeated on Monday at 2.30 a.m.

Texan outlaw Cody Jinks and Maryland born singer-songwriter and October tourist Joe Pug perform original songs in Behind Bars in the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Expat Kiwi Matt Joe Gow returns as he promotes his second album and Highett duo The Weeping Willows debut as they tour Victoria and the unlucky radio country.

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/series/487


When Dierks Bentley, 40, chose younger women as duet partners on his 10th album Black it was a smart move.

His duet with Californian chanteuse Elle King, 27, on Different For Girls topped the Billboard singles chart and another with Texan Maren Morris, 26, is waiting in the wings.

When Bentley released Different for Girls as a single he wanted King - daughter of actor-comedian Rob Schneider - to appear in the video with him.

“Elle will tell you, she's different from other girls,” says Bentley - father of three - including two daughters.

“I think one of the things in the video, of having her in there, is seeing how the roles can be reversed.

“We were cracking up between every take. She's one of the funniest people I've ever met in my life.

“It's a different song, and I'm letting it do its own thing. I don't know how it fits into our live shows; it's such a summertime, tempo-driven show.”

The lyrics include “It's different for girls when their hearts get broke/ they can't tape it back together with a whiskey and Coke / they don't take someone home and act like it's nothing / they can't just switch it off every time they feel something”

Dierks also welcomed another female to his family after the death of his beloved dog Jake who joined him in Nashville long before his career took off.

Jake, who appeared in the singer's videos and earned a verse in his new song Can't Be Replaced , died of cancer at 15 in July but Dierks adopted a female surrogate from the Nashville Humane Association .

Bentley's eldest daughter Evie, eight, showcased her puppy on the Internet and sang “we got a dog, we got a dog.”

The Bentley family was elated about its new family member.

“In and out in about 10 minutes,” Bentley said of the adoption, “and we got a dog. We don't have a name yet. But we got a dog.”

Bentley named his album Black - surname of wife Cassidy - so maybe the new canine could be Loretta, Patsy, Tanya or Dolly.

CLICK HERE for a Dierks Bentley CD feature in The Diary on July 25.

CLICK HERE to win a Dierks CD on our Membership Page.


Tennessean Chris Young, 30, recruited older Oklahoma star and fellow Australian tourist Vince Gill, now 59, for Sober Saturday Night from his fifth album I'm Coming Over .

Young performed with Big & Rich at the Billboard Club in the Melbourne CBD on their 2015 Australian tour.

Chris wrote Sober Saturday Night with Floridian brothers Brett and Brad Warren who appeared as The Warrens at the long defunct Continental Café , nee ID's , in Prahran.

But Young was reluctant to ask former Pure Prairie League singer Gill to duet with him.

“I'm such a fan of his, just asking him, I was like ‘He'll probably say no,'” Young revealed as he promoted his new album that also features a duet with a Pope - not one from the Vatican.

“It was one of those songs where it was good before he played on it, but it's great now that he's on it.”

Oklahoma born chart-topper Gill, whose late Appellate Court judge sire Stan played in bluegrass bands and often played his banjo in chambers during adjournments, was a perfect choice.

Young is a long time Gill fan.

“I grew up loving Vince Gill. That was the first concert I ever went to - and when I asked him if he would want to sing or play on it, he asked if I wanted to come over and do it in his studio, and I was like, ‘Yes, I do!'”

“So we get over there, and after he sang a bunch of harmonies, he asked if I wanted him to play guitar. He thought maybe our styles didn't match up, and I just remember turning to the right and seeing his wall of Grammys and going, ‘Yes, I want you to play.' And he killed it. He sounds live just like his records or even better.”

Young liked the duet so much he released it as the third single from the album in May.

Vince, who first toured here with expat English guitar ace Albert Lee in the eighties, recently released an album with veteran western swing band The Time Jumpers .

CLICK HERE for a Young feature in The Diary on June 11.


Texan troubadour Cody Jinks returns to Behind Bars with a live version of his Biblical parable Cast No Stones on Asleep At The Wheel singer Ray Benson's Texas Music Scene .

Fort Worth born Cody included his song on his 2015 album The Adobe Sessions in Tornillo, Texas.

His new album I'm Not The Devil is expected to be released here - we'll review it when it becomes available.


Maryland minstrel Joe Pug shares stints in Texas capital Austin with Jinks who also appears in our live segment on Behind Bars before his return tour of Australia this month .

Joe performed Out On The Weekend Festival at Seaworks in Williamstown on Saturday October 15 with Lindi Ortega, Texan Robert Ellis, expat Canadian chanteuse Tracy McNeil & The Good Life and other artists.

Pug, now 32 and born Joe Pugliese, was discovered in Chicago and performs his song Bright Beginnings from his third album Windfall.

CLICK HERE for Anne Sydenham's review of a Joe performance in Melbourne in our Concerts Section on November 5, 2011.


Bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows debut with their video for River of Gold from second album Before Darkness Comes A Callin' , recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy Award winning engineer Ryan Freeland.

Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth live in Highett - same southern suburb of Melbourne as Dead Livers pedal steel guitarist Brendan Mitchell who donated our Luckenbach prop.

Coates said the new 10 track album, released on March 4, has a much darker and brooding feel than their first album with themes of death, loss and the country staple of love-gone-sour.

“The album was written over the three years since first album Till The North Wind Blows , primarily in our dimly-lit back room, in between two visits to the southern states of America,” Coates said.

She said the style of music they played was a more “stripped-back” style of country/folk which has its roots in America's south, and it was a great experience to spend time there absorbing the music and the atmosphere.

“They've got a bit of a gothic feel to them, some of the folks we met down there, and I think it has influenced the feel of the album,” said Coates.

The duo played Gympie Muster in August and Morrisonville Americana Festival last week with Texans Kinky Friedman and Hayes Carll, Eagle & The Wolf and Paddy McHugh.

They also play Fleurieu Folk Festival on Saturday in Willunga, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival at Flora Hill on November 6,

Healesville Music Festival on November 12 and Live at Station Place with Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes , Trent Hamilton Paige Smith, Billy Bridge and Rebecca Lee Nye at Werribee on November 19 and support Eilen Jewell at the Corner Hotel, Richmond on November 24.

Further info - http://www.theweepingwillows.com.au/#home


Expat New Zealand singer-songwriter Matt Joe Gow returns to Nu Country with his video for I'm Your Man from his second album Seven Years.

Vanessa Crouch plays Gow's love interest in his video directed by Joanna Strong at Monster and Bear Studios in historic inner northern Melbourne suburb Brunswick.

The singer's character uses imagery of a broken record and late night TV to illustrate power of his passion for the subject of his love pursuit.

Dead Livers pedal steel guitarist Brendan Mitchell, who has performed in Matt's band the Dead Leaves , is not on board this time.

Matt hails from Dunedin on the south island of New Zealand and travelled the world with his family.

He has fine genetics - his dad is a professor and still sings in choir when not behind the lectern.

Matt released 2 EPS before his debut album The Messenger on Liberation Records - latter day home of Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley.

Chambers family protégé Catherine Britt added her vocals to The Messenger but this time Katya Harrop blooms as Gow's duet partner on Flowers In Your Hair .

It's a natural fit as Katya is a member of Gow's road band and cousin of guitarist-co-producer Andrew Pollock.

CLICK HERE for a Matt Seven Years CD feature in The Diary.

CLICK HERE for a previous Matt feature in The Diary on July 26, 2009.


We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 31st series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.

Warner Brothers promo wizard Tony Midolo has given us Blake Shelton's 12 TH 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.

Also 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.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for full details.

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