Texan tourist Jack Ingram debuts on Nu Country TV this Saturday - January 9 at 9.30pm on C 31 - on the eve of his first Australian visit.

The singing actor performs in a video of a song he'll showcase at CMC Rocks The Snowy festival at Thredbo on the March long weekend.

U.S. superstars Brooks & Dunn and Taylor Swift toured here last year and return to the show hosted by Heather Rutherford.

Swift has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards in 2010 and makes her second Australian tour in February.

Brooks & Dunn announced their split as a duo after their return tour here in May with Dierks Bentley.

Grafton-born dual ARIA Award winner Troy Cassar-Daley returns to Nu Country as a prelude to his Port Fairy Folk festival debut in March.

Broken Hill ballet dancing boxer Steve Rowe and Cessnock born chanteuse Kel-Anne Brandt also debut on the show, repeated Tuesday at 3 pm and online at the C 31 web page.


Jack Ingram is the latest in a long line of Texans to hire expatriate South Australian Jedd Hughes for his guitar playing and songwriting.

Energetic axeman Hughes sang and played on Ingram's 13th album Big Dreams & High Hopes.

That was after Hughes wrote and performed with Texas born Rodney Crowell who toured here last April with Will Kimbrough.

Ingram, 38, performs in the video clip for his recent single Barefoot & Crazy on famed Lake Travis near Texas capital Austin.

The singer's interview with Nu Country last year was part of a Guinness World Records breaking interview marathon.

It was shortly after Hughes joined Ingram's choir on his revamp of the 1999 Todd Snider-Ingram song Barbie Doll.

Arizona born Australian tourist Dierks Bentley was Jack's duet partner and Little Big Town, Lost Trailers, Randy Houser, James Otto, Hughes and songwriter Bruce Sanders filled the redneck choir.

Ingram recently appeared in TV soapie Army Wives and was also in movies diverse as Abilene, with Ernest Borgnine, and Hope Floats.

Jack heads the international cast at the CMC Rocks The Snowy festival in Thredbo on March 5 and 6 with Texan Nanci Griffith and Virginia born pianist Phil Vassar.

He also tours Queensland and NSW with Canadian Doc Walker and Grenfell gaucho Steve Forde - also on the Thredbo bill.

CLICK HERE for Ingram's Guinness Records breaking interview in the Diary on August 30, 2009.


Taylor Swift has broken all major sales records since bursting onto the country scene as a teenager with her Internet driven music.

She was 18 when she made her Australian debut in March, 2009, at Thredbo before playing clubs.

When she returns in February she performs in major arenas in all capitals with Rod Laver Arena concerts in Melbourne on February 10 and 11.

She is touring with American Music Awards best new talent winners Gloriana.

The singer, who has sold more than 10 million albums, shares billing with a vast cast of cheerleaders this week in the video for recent smash hit You Belong With Me.

It's off her huge selling second CD Fearless, re-released with bonus tracks for the Christmas market.

The singer appeared with Miley Cyrus in the Hannah Montana movie, was cast as a victim in CSI and has now signed for the new Valentine's Day movie.

Swift plays Felicia - a homecoming queen - in the Garry Marshall romantic comedy.

She also contributes two songs to the movie soundtrack, Today Was a Fairytale and Jump Then Fall.

Swift's reputed boyfriend, Twilight: New Moon's Taylor Lautner, also appears as her love interest in the movie featuring Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher and Julia Roberts.

Taylor, now 20, has been nominated for a brace of Grammy awards after scooping the pool at the recent CMA Awards in Nashville and American Music festival.

She has long been a prolific songwriter and now her merchandising is fast dwarfing the Elvis Presley Rollercoaster.

Swift has a line of singing Taylor Swift dolls, Band Hero video games, greeting cards and a clothing franchise.

CLICK HERE for a Taylor CD review from the Diary on January 5, 2009.
CLICK HERE to win Swift CDS on our membership page.


Brooks & Dunn return to Nu Country with their new video clip Honky Tonk Stomp.

They showcase a vast array of cars and trucks and dancers as they stomp and sing.

The duo, formed in 1991, introduced fellow chart-topper Dierks Bentley to Australian audiences on their national tour in May.

Louisiana born Kix Brooks and Texan Ronnie Dunn topped charts and country music awards in their colourful career.

They created the Boot Scoot Boogie and also wrote songs about heroes diverse as Jerry Jeff Walker and Martin Luther King.

But the grind of constant touring took its toll on the artists - both of whom had solo careers before becoming a duo.

They released 10 studio albums, several greatest hits discs and brace of compilations.

Brooks, 54, and wife Barbara will now have more time to sample the product at their Tennessee winery and quarter horse stud that employs three Australians.

Dunn, 56 and married for 17 years to his wife, Janine, plans to spend more time with their three children: Whitney, Jesse and Haley.

CLICK HERE for a Brooks & Dunn feature interview from the Diary on March 22, 2009.


Prolific Golden Guitar and ARIA awards winner Troy Cassar-Daley has made Victoria a focus of his 2010 national summer tour.

The singer, who performed for Black Saturday victims in the aftermath of bushfires, returns here in February.

Troy appears at the resurrected Whittlesea Country Music festival from February 12-14 and the 34th Port Fairy folk festival on the March long weekend.

The singer performs on Nu Country this week in the video for the title track of his seventh album I Love This Place.

Troy will add to his rich trove of Golden Guitar awards in Tamworth in January before the Victorian leg of his national tour.

CLICK HERE for a Troy feature from the Diary on May 7, 2009.


Stephen Rowe combined boxing with ballet to help develop his balance as a motocross rider in his outback youth.

Rowe left Broken Hill for Adelaide at 19 and studied classical ballet.

He toured with the Houston, Milwaukee and Cincinnati Ballet Companies before following his dream as a singer.

It was in Houston that Stephen started writing his own songs.

Stephen got his break when invited by Tania Kernaghan, to record a guest vocal on her song Yee Ha!

His debut album, Broken Hill, was released in February 2007 - it reveals traditional music influences in stories of his life, hometown, family and his country.

Expatriate country roots artist Anne McCue produced the disc featuring four singles Don't Kick My Dog, Two Clock, You're The Angel and the title track.

In mid 2007, Stephen released the song Let's Fall In Love Again as a duet with Tania Kernaghan.

Rowe performs on Nu Country in the video for new single Country Kids In The City from his second album Restless Soul.

Travis Fimmel - the Aussie Calvin Klein underwear model and co-star of ABC TV series, The Beast, with late Patrick Swayze - has a major cameo in the video.

Further info - http://www.stephenrowemusic.com/ and www.brokenhillboy.com


Cessnock born Kel-Anne Brandt performs in the video for her new single Sometimes You Win When You Lose from her latest album I'm A Big Girl Now.

Bushwackers veteran Roger Corbett produced the album, released here in June 2008.

The singer ploughs plenty of territory in her travels to source her music.

She moved to Orange at the age of two and debuted on TV six years later.

Brandt finished her secondary education in Sydney before moving north to Newcastle where she studied singing at the Music Conservatorium while performing on NBN Channel 3.

She moved to Sydney in 1991 after surviving a divorce and major health crises.

Flying Burrito Brothers icon John Beland produced the first of her two albums - featuring a duet with one time Burritos singer Brian Cadd.

Brandt was a regular guest performer on Bert Newton's Good Morning Australia and has also appeared in All Saints.

Further info - http://www.kel-annebrandt.com/


We also have Rosanne Cash's acclaimed new EMI CD The List - new versions of classics from a list given to her by late father Johnny when she was 18 in 1973.

Guests on the Cash collection include Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright.

Cash's second husband John Leventhal produced the CD for Manhattan Records.

It features songs dating back to the Carter Family, the Hanks - Williams, Snow and Cochran - Harlan Howard, Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan.

We'll reward your new membership or membership renewal with a copy of the CD - please send us a cheque or money order for $20.

Please email us first at music@nucountry.com.au as stocks are limited.


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

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

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

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 The 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.


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 for just $20 can win the Fearless CD.

Swift, 19, played capacity audiences on her Australian tour in March and returns here in February.

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.


Multiple Golden Guitarist winner Felicity Urquhart returned to Nu Country TV as hosts during Series #12, beginning in June.

You can win autographed copies of Felicity's sixth album Landing Lights, available here in shops on Shock.

All you have to do is become a member of Nu Country TV or renew membership.

It only costs $20 including postage.

Please email us first at music@nucountry.com.au and let us know which CD you would like.

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


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 $20 membership you can win Mike's CD Country To Country or Catherine Britt's Little Wildflower CD.


We also have the following CDS for viewers who email our web page and pledge $20 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.

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