Singing Texan actors Lyle Lovett and Waylon Payne headline Nu Country TV this Saturday - January 30 - at 9.30 p m on C 31.

Lovett performs in an historic video on the eve of his debut Australian tour in March.

And Payne duets with Nashville singer-songwriter Kacey Jones on their hit from her Mickey Newbury tribute disc.

Payne also appears as a love interest of Texan singing actress Lee Ann Womack in one of her classic videos.

Floridian alt-country singer Ronny Elliott also returns to Nu Country.

Former Queenslander Shane Nicholson and Sydney singer Travis Collins perform on the eve of the Whittlesea Country Music festival.

The show is repeated Tuesday at 3 p m and Wednesday at 2.30 am and online at the C 31 web page.


Lyle Lovett is taking a break from his hectic movie schedule to tour here in March to promote his 14th album Natural Forces.

The singer, now 53, teamed with San Antonio partner April Kimble to write the song Pantry on his new disc.

But it was on the set during his role in one of many Robert Altman movies that he met former wife - thespian Julia Roberts.

Lovett was cast with Roberts in 1994 in Pret-A-Porter after roles in Altman movies The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993) and Cookie's Fortune (1999).

Other movies featuring Lovett include Bastard out of Carolina (1996) directed by Anjelica Huston, Breast Men (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998,) The Opposite of Sex (1998), Three Days of Rain (2000) and The New Guy (2002.)

Lovett was still at school in Texas when Altman directed controversial 1975 movie Nashville.

Lyle and university housemate Robert Earl Keen later wrote It's Rock And Roll - a vitriolic parody of the music industry - while at Texas A & M University at College Station.

It's one of five originals on the album - others are Empty Blue Shoes, Farmer Brown /Chicken Reel, Pantry and the title track.

Lovett revamps older songs by fellow Texans Don Sanders, David Ball, Vince Bell, Tommy Elske, the late Townes Van Zandt and Eric Taylor - former singing spouse of Texan Nanci Griffith, also making her debut Australian tour in March.

The singer lives in Klein - a town founded by his great-great grandfather Adam Klein (a Bavarian weaver) in 1848 - now a Houston suburb.

He revives the video of classic She's Already Made Up Her Mind off his 1992 album Joshua Judges Ruth for Nu Country.

CLICK HERE for a pair of Lovett CD reviews from The Diary.


Internationally acclaimed comedienne-singer-songwriter Kacey Jones didn't have to look far for a duet partner for her video Lie To Me Darlin'.

Jones chose Waylon Payne who was knocked out by Kris Kristofferson in their clip for San Francisco Mabel Joy.

Both are on her tribute disc to Texan singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury who died at 62 in Vida, Oregon, on September 29, 2002.

Payne played Jerry Lee Lewis in Johnny Cash movie Walk The Line and Hank Garland in Crazy - an indie feature film inspired by the legendary guitarist.

Waylon has also appeared in new movies Kingshighway and Road To Nowhere and episodes of CSI.

Payne performed with Kacey at 2006 Mickey Newbury festival in Austin, Texas, and at Willie Nelson's July 3 and 4 picnics.

New Mexico singer-songwriter Stacey Dean Campbell, who toured here with Texan troubadour Hugh Moffatt in the nineties, directed both videos.

Kacey performed Lie to Me Darlin' at a Nu Country showcase with Oklahoma singer Becky Hobbs at the Noise Bar in Brunswick during their 2008 Australian tour.

Waylon released his solo debut album The Drifter on Universal in 2004.

He wrote 10 of 11 songs on the disc produced by Texan singer-songwriter Keith Gattis.

Payne, named after Waylon Jennings, is the son of Willie Nelson's long time guitarist Jody Payne and late country star Sammi Smith who died at 61 on February 12, 2005.

Payne and Sammi made appearances on the Grand Ole Opry where she was feted in 1970 after her huge hit Help Me Make It Through The Night.

Waylon, now 38, inherited parents' musical genetics - he recorded a live CD at the Fillmore with Shotgun Willie while opening for him and played on Texan star Pat Green's seventh album Wave On Wave.

Payne and Green co-wrote satiric Elvis and Sing Till I Stop Crying, replete with Roger Miller and Mickey Newbury name checks, on Green's disc.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Kacey Jones on January 20, 2008.
CLICK HERE for a Kacey Jones interview from The Diary on September 10, 2006.
CLICK HERE for a 2008 road trip feature of Kacey and Becky Hobbs on February 11, 2008.


Payne also appears as one of Lee Ann Womack's beaus in her evocative video for her stone country song 20 Years & Two Husbands Ago.

We reprise the video, from her seventh album There's More Where That Came From. Waylon wrote Solitary Thinking on Womack's eighth album Call Me Crazy, released in 2009.

Lee Ann recently played a sheriff - Chief Deputy Claire Wades in a small East Texas town in the movie Noble Things.

The Jacksonville born singer, 45 and mother of two, is the former singing spouse of singer-songwriter Jason Sellers.

She has long been wed to producer Frank Liddell and cut duets with fellow Texan George Strait on Everything But Quits and the 2005 CMA award-winning tune Good News Bad News.

Womack won a Grammy with Willie Nelson for their 2002 duet, Mendocino County Line.

She duets with Alan Jackson on Vern Gosdin tribute Til The End on his 18th album Freight Train, released in March.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Lee Ann from the Diary on March 28, 2005.


Ronny Elliott honours the year of his birth in Alabama in his video for 1947 - also Emmylou Harris's birth year and home state.

The singer recorded the song on his fourth album Poisonville.

Ronny, 62, supported Kasey Chambers and her dad Bill in Tampa in his adoptive home state Florida on one of her U.S. tours.

The singer, who recorded solo and with his band The Nationals recently released ninth album Jalopypaint.

Elliott's career began in 1964 with Tampa band The Rave-Ons before a brace of other southern bands.

His parodies of the music industry and diverse social-political comment songs won him an extensive international following.

CLICK HERE for a Ronny Elliott feature from the Diary on February 6, 2007.


Shane Nicholson returns to Nu Country with the video for his song Summer Dress from his third second solo album Familiar Ghosts.

The singing spouse of Kasey Chambers found most of the songs on old tapes when he moved from Queensland to the NSW Central Coast.

He recorded his latest album in his home studio.

Nicholson met Chambers while playing in their alternate band Lost Dogs.

They wed in 2005 and recorded their multi-award winning album Rattlin' Bones.

He performed a Dragon tune in Australian movie Mullet and landed his original tune The Best Day Of The Year in acclaimed new U.S. public education satire Chalk.

Another of his originals I Know What You Need features in a promo for Fox network TV series House MD.

CLICK HERE for a Nicholson feature from the Diary on May 31, 2006.
CLICK HERE for Anne Sydenham's Nicholson-Chambers concert review on August 14, 2008.
CLICK HERE for a Nicholson-Chambers interview in the Diary on July 19, 2008.


Travis Collins is one of many stars playing Whittlesea country music festival from February 12-14.

Travis joins Troy Cassar-Daley, Catherine Britt, The McClymonts, Greg Champion, Felicity, James Reyne, Amber Lawrence, Matt Walker, Geoff Achison, Jetty Road, The Flood and many more at the showgrounds.

Also on the bill is Ross Buchanan, who lost a son and daughter in the Black Saturday bushfires, with his band Country Paydirt.

Ross and many artists donated services to the Whittlesea bushfire benefit in April.

Collins performs a snatch of his video for Jude Cole song Start The Car this week.

CLICK HERE for a Collins CD Review in the Diary on June 16, 2008.


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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