Expatriate Australian guitar slinger Jedd Hughes headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday July 24 at 10 p m on C 31.

Hughes is in a duo Buxton Hughes with Sarah Buxton who wrote expat Australasian superstar Keith Urban's big hit Stupid Boy.

Urban hails from Caboolture just south of Caloundra - hometown of Liam Brew who performs his new video Doghouse this week.

And Alan Jackson returns with his video of a #1 hit written by another expat Queenslander Kylie Sackley from Port Douglas.

Geelong born Adam Harvey and Wendy Matthews showcase their new duet and expat Kiwi Matt Joe Gow returns with his new video.

Kansas chanteuse Martina McBride - seasoned survivor in a youth market - performs a video from her 12th album Shine.

The show, hosted by fellow survivor Mid Pacific Bob Olson, is repeated Wednesday at 1 am and 3.30 p m and is viewed online at C 31.


Jedd Hughes long ago proved the most famous export from the tiny town of Quorn, due north of Adelaide.

The prolific songwriter and guitar for hire studied bluegrass and writing at South Plains College, Levelland, near Lubbock in famed West Texas Panhandle.

Terry McBride of McBride & The Ride discovered Jedd while lecturing on campus and produced his debut CD Transcontinental for major label Mercury in 2004.

That was after another Kentucky Coalminer's Daughter Patty Loveless recruited him as guitarist for her bluegrass band.

Hughes has written songs and recorded with Texan tourist Jack Ingram and played in the band of fellow Lone Star state born Rodney Crowell.

He entered another hallowed domain - writing with Texas born Guy Clark who has toured here twice.

Hughes is featured on three tracks on Sarah Buxton's debut solo disc.

Lyric Street released the belated album early this year but was closed down by parent company Disney.

Hughes and Buxton have written 60 songs together - several feature on an their duet album to be released as Buxton Hughes.

Jedd also wrote songs for The Greencards - the Nashville bluegrass band featuring expatiate South Australian Kym Warner and Dorrigo born Carol Young.

Hughes followed them to West Texas at 18 after earning his fare fencing for his farmer father.

The Starmaker winner's collaborations with Catherine Britt and Felicity Urquhart also adorned their latest albums.

This week Hughes, now 27, performs the video for High Lonesome - a tale depicting his busking era in Nashville.

CLICK HERE for a Jedd feature in the Diary on January 20, 2005.


Fellow Starmaker winner Kylie Sackley has written three major hits for Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and Georgian superstar Alan Jackson.

Expatriate Queenslander Kylie, 29, earned lucrative royalties from Alan's #1 hit of her song It's Just That Way.

Jackson, 51, performs with his boating band in the video - filmed at his Tennessee lakeside mansion he recently sold for $28 million.

Alan and wife Denise's lakeside locale featured a six-bedroom house, 20-car garage, log cabin and barn with two bedrooms and boathouse. Douglas penned the song with Vicky McGhee and hit writer Keith Stegall - also producer for Jackson and Novocastrian Catherine Britt.

Sackley chased her songwriting dream when she left coastal colony Port Douglas for Nashville a decade ago.

She also wrote Some Things Never Change with former South Carolina partner Lee Brice for his debut solo disc Love Like Crazy, out this month.

Jackson, discovered by expatriate Kiwi Barry Coburn in the late eighties, included Sackley's song on his 18th album Freight Train.

Canadian Fred Eaglesmith wrote the title track of a disc that took Alan's sales beyond 51 million.

CLICK HERE for an Alan Jackson feature in the Diary on May 28, 2008.


Jackson protégé Adam Harvey and Wendy Matthews perform the video for their duet Easy on this week's show.

The duo serenaded under the gaze of an historic wireless - the type Adam may have listened to as a child for both musical and football education.

It's one of many highlights of Harvey's duet disc Both Sides Now - his eighth album - featuring country and pop artists.

Seven time Golden Guitarist Harvey, born in Geelong suburb Leopold, and seven time Montreal raised ARIA winner Matthews toured nationally to promote the disc.

The couple met on TV show It Takes Two and later performed a duet of Johnny Cash hit Jackson on Hey, Hey It's Wednesday.

CLICK HERE for a Harvey feature from the Diary on November 5, 2009.


Sunshine Coast teenager Liam Brew emulated the late Johnny Paycheck when he made the video for his second single Doghouse.

The song was a sequel of sorts to Paycheck hit Thanks To The Cathouse - I'm In The Doghouse With You.

In the video the singer found a way to extend his doghouse to fit his band and their instruments.

It's unclear if there was room for the blonde who evicted Brew from the main residence.

Doghouse is on Tamworth Starmaker Brew's debut Compass Brothers album Wild Heart.

Jedd Hughes and Sam Hawksley, also now living in Nashville, wrote the title track of the Graham Thompson produced album.

But it was expat Sunshine Coast superstar Keith Urban - not Paycheck - who was his mentor.

Brew, 19 and guest on CMC Rocks The Snowys festival at Thredbo in March, was born the year Urban won Starmaker.

They grew up a few kilometres apart near Caboolture and Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

Brew performs the same venues Urban played as a young artist.

"The day after I won Starmaker, Keith did a video cross from Nashville to congratulate the new Starmaker winner, saying he hoped I'd go as far as him. It was pretty cool to think he was saying that to me!" Liam said.

Fellow Starmaker winner Travis Collins, from Macquarie Fields, duets with Brew on A Woman Can Do That to a Man.

Further info - www.liambrew.com.au


Expatriate Kiwi Matt Joe Gow performs in the video for new single I Let You Be from his debut CD The Messenger.

The singer, born in Dunedin, supported Justin Townes Earle on the New Zealand leg of his fourth Australasian tour.

Gow, son of a professor, is a well-travelled troubadour.

The singer used a windmill metaphor in his song and video clip.

The Messenger is released by Liberation Records - latter day home of Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, The Dingoes and Troy Cassar-Daley.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Matt from the Diary on July 26, 2009.


Kansas born Martina McBride, now 43 and mother of three, may be a happily married minstrel.

But in her latest video Wrong Baby Wrong her character finds a new man at a Laundromat before her night out with the girls at a honky tonk.

It's not clear if that's the kind of shopping she enjoyed on her Australian tour last millenium.

McBride and husband John - former sound man for Oklahoma superstar Garth Brooks - operate a studio in Nashville when not on the road.

Her new video is from her 12th album Shine.

Click Here for a McBride feature from the Diary on July 31, 2007.


Award winning Tim McGraw tour promoter Michael Chugg and Rob Potts are promoting Series #14 of Nu Country TV.

Now the superstar and singing actor's record company Sony has given Nu Country viewers a chance to win his souvenir tour CD.

The Southern Voice CD, with bonus tracks, is released here to promote McGraw's debut Australian tour with wife Faith Hill and The Dancehall Doctors in September.

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

It costs just $20.

Please send a cheque or money order made out to Nu Country Music to us at P O Box 625 - Northcote - 3070.

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


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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