Georgian born superstar Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett have more in common than their hit duet video on Nu Country TV on C 31 - Saturday - February 19 at 9.30 pm.

The chart-topping singers are keen sailors in Buffett's adoptive home state Florida.

Buffett, now 64, may also warn Jackson about the dangers of bright lights on Sydney stages after his horrific tumble on Australia Day.

Oklahoma singer, actor and TV host Reba McEntire also returns to the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and repeated Tuesday at 4.30 p m.

Mid Pacific Bob, fresh from his rescue of a Korean in the Bega River on the Sapphire Coast blends Bega Valley cheese, local tomatoes and chiles for his spicy Chiles Rellenos recipe.

Shipwreck Coast refugee Damian Howard also debuts on the show after returning from Tamworth where he shared exposure with Port Macquarie raised singer Aleyce Simmonds.

Olson, an academic in voluntary exile, also introduces fellow Melbourne teacher Suzie Dickinson's animated video for her new album title track 19 Steps.

And fellow Melbourne artists The Wildes return with their ode to another Sue Ellen on the eve of their Apollo Bay festival performance in April.


March tourist Alan Jackson returns with January visitor Jimmy Buffett with the video of their hit It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere.

The singing sailors show no sign of walking the plank or stage diving in the clip.

Sadly Buffett, 64 and a descendant of the Norfolk Island pioneer Buffett family, fell from the Hordern Pavilion stage on his final Sydney concert.

It was Buffett's third Australian tour.

And he has Gordian Fulde - head of accident and emergency at the famed St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst - to thank for his rescue.

Fulde, seated in the first row, rushed forward to treat the star and joined him on the ambulance ride to hospital.

Jackson, 51, has his wife Denise and Texan Miranda Lambert on his debut east coast tour but has not yet reserved front row seats for the musical medic.

Extra seats have been released for the previously sold out concerts and there is no shortage of tickets for the CMC Rocks The Hunter festival at the Hope Estate on March 5 and 6.

Texan Jack Ingram, Joe Nichols, expat Australians O'Shea and Jedd Hughes and Buxton Hughes, Canadian band Emerson Drive and local stars headed by Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley top the bill.

Also on the tour is Fawkner singer Jasmine Rae who has just released her second album Listen Here.

Click Here for Tonkgirl's Gig Guide for all festival line-ups.
CLICK HERE for a Jackson interview in the Diary on October 24, 2010.


Oklahoma raised rodeo refugee Reba McEntire returns to the show with the video for her 35th chart topping single Turn On The Radio.

The singer began 2010 with the first #1 single Consider Me Gone and ended it with her radio metaphor from new album All the Women I Am.

Reba performs in a warehouse full of antique radios dating back to days of yore in the video.

McEntire, now 56, has earned more than 55 million album sales and 63 Top 10 hits in her 35-year career.

Fellow Australian tourist - Texan singer Red Steagall - discovered her at a rodeo in the seventies before his Victorian tour that included the Cross Keys Hotel in Essendon.

Reba hosts her own TV show, aired on Australian TV from 2001-7, and starred in the 2001 Broadway hit show Annie Get Your Gun.

The singer is now being sounded out for a revival of another show about a plucky heroine, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

She also appeared in movies diverse as Tremors, The Gambler Returns, The Man From Left Field, Secret Of Giving, One Night At McCool's and Buffalo Girls.

McEntire was also the voice of Betsy The Cow in 2006 animated movie Charlotte's Web, starring Beau Bridges and Dakota Fanning, and filmed at diverse locations in Bacchus Marsh, Greendale and Heidelberg West football oval in Melbourne.

Click here for a Reba feature in the Diary on December 9, 2003.


Shipwreck Coast singer-songwriter Damian Howard has impeccable genes for his music career.

He was the youngest in a musical family of seven raised in a cottage on the banks of the Merri River beside the Nestles factory at Dennington west of Warrnambool.

Howard and The Plough Boys work similar terrain to elder siblings Shane and Marcia who did their time in country-folk-rock mines with Goanna before enjoying solo careers.

The singer and Sapphire Coast Nu Country TV host Cameron Cusack were finalist in the 2011 Tamworth Starmaker quest.

Howard and his band perform in the video for All I Ever Wanted from his recent album Out Of My Hands

The singer, a regular performer, returns to the Shipwreck Coast for the 35th Port Fairy folk festival.

''I've always grown up loving harmonies,'' he said. ''It's always been a big part of my music. I suppose that's where it's lead me to now.''

His new album features snapshots of Australian history such as Buckley's Chance - the life of convict William Buckley and Raise The Glass penned about the Kelly gang.

''I wanted to explore more songs about Australia,'' Howard says.

''I don't write specifically for a genre but the songs that came out certainly had a very Australian sound and it's something that I'm pretty proud of.

He released his first solo album One in 2006 with a Tamworth launch.

His new album features Yackandandah fiddler Peter Denahy, bassist James Rust, guitarist Jason King and drummer Declan O'Neill.

Guests include a Warrnambool raised posse - pianist Richard Tankard, drummer Jon Emry and Lost In Suburbia pedal steel guitarist Murray McDowell.

Eldest brother and vocalist Eric - eldest of the Howard clan to pull on the boots for the Warrnambool footy team - guests on vocals.

Yes, a team mate of this writer in the 1964 Warrnambool Under 18 Hampden League finalists.

For music news - www.damianhoward.com.au


Elwood music teacher Suzie Dickinson, compadre of Shane and Marcia Howard, returns to the show with the animated video of the title track of her latest CD 19 Steps.

It's not a descendant of the famous John Buchan novel 39 Steps.

The video is more like a new version of the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy that ends at Luna Park.

Suzie has been a popular guest on our Nu Country showcases and also expatriate Australasian superstar manager and publisher Barry Coburn's Spurs cowboy bars in the eighties.

CLICK HERE for a Suzie review from the Diary on June 14, 2010.


Melbourne band, The Wildes, return to Nu Country on the eve of its appearance at the Apollo Bay music festival from April 8-10.

The Wildes join California rockabilly filly Rosie Flores, making her third Australian tour, bluegrass veteran Pete Rowan, Shane Howard, Scared Weird Little Guys, James Blundell, Pete Denahy, Van Walker, Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson and many more at the gateway to the Shipwreck Coast festival.

The band performs this week in a video homage to a wheelchair bound woman in their evocative song Sue Ellen.

It's one of the highlights of their debut CD Ballad Of A Young Married Man.

Click Here for The Wildes CD review in the Diary on July 12, 2010.


We also preview the new video by Port Macquarie born blonde Aleyce Simmonds for The Keeper from her belated debut album Pieces Of Me.

Simmonds - co-writer of Starmaker finalist Cameron Cusack's debut single Dreams Are Not That Far Away - launched her C D in Tamworth.

Aleyce previously recorded her EP Mighty, Mighty Love - her prize for winning the 2005 Telstra Road To Tamworth competition.

She then had a two year stint in Sydney, followed by relocation to the NSW Central Coast, then a return to Tamworth, before again settling in Sydney.

Aleyce also toured with Parkes born singer Dianna Corcoran and Mascot minstrel Amber Lawrence in Chic Frontier.

She worked in a duo with younger sister Karlee.

Now she's touring to promote her album produced by NSW Central Coast multi-instrumentalist Rod McCormack - husband of Toowoomba born 1991 Starmaker winner and multiple Golden Guitarist Gina Jeffreys.

She wrote the 12 songs on her album including Bondwood Boat - penned with Mackay flood refugee and 2011 Golden Guitarist Graeme Connors.

Further info - www.aleycesimmonds.com


There's great news for fans of Georgian born superstar Alan Jackson and quadruple CMA Award winning Texan star Miranda Lambert.

We have the March tourists latest CDS as prizes for viewers who renew Nu Country TV memberships or become members.

Sony-BMG promotions chief Emma Smith has also given us Miranda's new DVD - Revolution: Live By Candlelight.

Alan's 34 Number Ones features his biggest hits including his duet with Zac Brown Band - As She's Walking Away.

The bonus tracks also include his version of the late June Carter Cash-Merle Kilgore written Johnny Cash hit Ring Of Fire and the rare track Look At Me.

Emma also donated Miranda's huge selling 4th CD Revolution.

And as a bonus there is Miranda's brand new DVD featuring rare acoustic performances of six songs White Liar, The House That Built Me, Love Song, Heart Like Mine, Love Is Looking At You and Rolling Stones country classic Dead Flowers.

Jackson and Lambert perform their hits at Rod Laver Arena on Friday March 4 before headlining CMC Rocks The Hunter on March 5 and 6.


Expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban returns for a triumphant tour with chart-topping mates Lady Antebellum in April.

And Keith's long time record company EMI-Capitol has great news for Nu Country TV viewers.

Promotions ace Bianca O'Neill has donated autographed copies of his huge selling ninth album Get Closer to You.

All you have to do to win the Jackson, Lambert and Urban CDS of the Lambert DVD 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.

We also now have electronic banking for membership payment and renewal.

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

Other prizes on offer include -
Taylor Swift - 2ND CD Fearless.
Tim McGraw Southern Voice Tour CD with 11-bonus video clips.
Dierks Bentley - Feel The Fire.
Felicity - Landing Lights
Slim Dusty Sittin' On 80 Boxed Set
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty
Steve Forde - Guns & Guitars
Catherine Britt - Little Wildflowers.
Mike Brady - Country To Country.
CMAA Winners 2011 and other compilation CDS.

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