Australian country music queen and TV star Melinda Schneider hosts the premiere of Series #14 of Nu Country this Saturday June 12 at 10 p m.

Schneider hosted the show long before flying north to Nashville for the CMA festival and returning here for a guest role on Seven Network show Dancing With The Stars.

Texan born singer-songwriter and U.S. Billboard chart topper Miranda Lambert also returns to the show with a vintage video clip.

Schneider also welcomes fellow Australian young gun Kirsty Lee Akers and rural reared seasoned songsmiths 8 Ball Aitken and Paul Costa to the gala premiere.

The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 1 am and 3.30 p m and available online at the C 31 web page.


Melinda compliments her hosting role with a family sourced 2005 video Real People that reaches back to her childhood in Queensland.

We feature an interview with Schneider in the former Glen Iris home of Nu Country TV editor Peter Staubli.

The singer, promoting 5th album, Be Yourself, confessed she had a crush as a teen on Dancing With The Stars predecessor Adam Brand.

"I've known Adam since I was 13," Schneider, now 38, confided.

"We met on the Gold Coast and became pen pals and wrote romantic letters to each other. It was a little crush which went nowhere."

Schneider, former wife of Compass Brothers Record label boss Graham Thompson, now has six Golden Guitars in her collection.

And Brand, who recently married Dancing With The Stars partner Jade Hatcher in Sydney, has returned to Nashville where he has a major deal with Sony.

Thrice wed Brand, 40 and winner of 12 Golden Guitars landed it after recording 8th album Hell Of A Ride with major producer Richard Landis.

Schneider, prolific writer with international songsmiths, was nominated for an Americana award for Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman - one of three collaborations with Florida born Elizabeth Cook.

It was the title track of Cook's fourth album and one of their three tunes on Schneider's fourth album Stronger.

CLICK HERE for a Melinda feature from the Diary on July 26, 2008
CLICK HERE for another Melinda feature on August 9, 2006.


Miranda Lambert, daughter of a former Dallas undercover narcotics cop, returns to Nu Country with the video for More Like Her from her third album Crazy Ex Girlfriend.

Miranda's father Rick changed career to private detective while playing guitar and songwriting for therapy.

These days Rick and Miranda's mother Bev operate a thriving Lambert shrine and store, replete with her own line of jewellery, wine and other treasures, in their hometown Lindale - population 2,500.

Miranda, latter day fiancé of Oklahoma star Blake Shelton, returned to the U.S. chart tops this week with The House That Built Me from her fourth album Revolution.

We'll feature the new video - evocative tale of returning to a childhood home occupied by new owners - later in the series.

Lambert's Australian tour plans were delayed by the huge success of her new album.

The singer fronted her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour after raising $91,000 for abandoned canines at a Cause For Paws fundraiser in Tyler, Texas.

Lambert, owner of two dogs Delilah and Delta, was out in the woods near her Tishomingo, Oklahoma, ranch when Shelton, 33, proposed to her.

Miranda, 26, who bought a ranch next door to Shelton's, says she was totally surprised - not only by the proposal but also by the diamond and platinum engagement ring he picked out.

CLICK HERE for a Lambert feature in the Diary on May 5, 2007.


Hunter Valley raised singer-songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers returns with the title track of second album Better Days.

The dual Tamworth Golden Guitar and Starmaker winner, just 21, wrote four songs on her album.

But not Better Days or Knocked Up - the song that shares name with the 2007 Hollywood movie that Loudon Wainwright 111 starred in.

That song also appeared on former Trick Pony singer Heidi Newfield's debut solo CD What Am I Waiting For on Sony-Curb.

Instead it was Mark D Sanders and Angaleena Presley - who wrote three tunes on this disc and is published by expatriate Australasian star maker Barry Coburn and singing spouse Jewel Coburn.

Presley has released a solo album that features original versions of Better Days, Knocked Up and other quirky songs Pain Pills, Tennessee, Ain't No Man and American Middle Class.

Akers impressed at the Geelong Stampede and more recently the third CMC Rocks The Snowys festival at Thredbo in March.

She is on the Guys, Girls, Guitars and Bars June tour with Liam Brew, McAlister Kemp and Chelsea Basham.

CLICK HERE for an Akers CD review from the Diary on July 6, 2009.


Multi-instrumentalist 8 Ball Aitken hails from Mareeba in The Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland but is a true rolling stone.

The 27 year old spends most of the year touring overseas and throughout the guts of regional and outback Australia.

8 Ball showed how easy it was to perform live on the back of a moving truck without messing up his hair on the video for Booty Call.

He is also adept at riding a skateboard and avoiding an angry man with a shotgun.

It was not his roadie dad Cue Ball.

His latest video clip Black Swamp Creek, aired earlier in the year on Nu Country and CMC, has been released in the U.S. to promote third album Rebel With A Cause.

We eagerly await another new video.

"Yellow Moon is a song I wrote about a fellow whose girlfriend has been taken by a crocodile in North Queensland," 8 Ball revealed recently about the song that was a finalist in the International Song Contest in the U.S.

"It feels good to know that the judges like it, especially because it's an Australian song with uniquely Australian content."

Further info - www.8ballaitken.com


Sunraysia singer Paul Costa exuded altruism when he played at the 2009 Whittlesea bushfire benefit concert on April 4.

This week Costa performs in the video for In This Life - title track of his third solo album.

It's one of 12 original songs on the disc.

Costa and his three brothers in rhyme hail from Robinvale on the banks of the mighty Murray River in the Victorian Sunraysia citrus belt.

Although the Costa quartet performed and recorded together before the turn of this century they were a creative cottage industry of sorts.

They made six indie albums and toured way beyond their rural river roots to promote them.

One of those brothers, Noel, also read a book about the great depression and provided the soul of the song Survivor 1932.

Noel collaborated with Paul and producer Rod McCormack.

Paul also collaborated with fellow Sunraysia raised singer Sara Storer on the song Big Circle.

CLICK HERE for a Paul Costa CD review from the Diary on December 7, 2009.


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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