Award winning Texan singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert indulges her passion for fast Nascar style getaways when she headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday - December 22 - at 10.30 p m on C 31.

Floridian John Anderson and Texan singing stonemason Kevin Deal also debut in our Behind Bars segment repeated on Monday at 2.30 pm and midnight.

Red Hill Country Music festival headliner Adam Harvey also returns with Santa to the Christmas show edited by Blaize Warden.

And Texan George Goss, who married in Luckenbach, also finishes up behind bars in the slammer at nearby Terlingua.


Miranda Lambert and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick leave a tattooed barfly and cops in their slipstream in their rollicking video for Fastest Girl In Town.

The girls hoodwink their amorous pursuer before fleeing in a Smoky & The Bandit style road chase.

Their joyride also drives the hapless honky tonk hero into the arms of cops in the song from Lambert's fifth album Four The Record.

Rick Lambert - musical dad of Miranda - was an undercover narcotics cop in Dallas before becoming a private eye.

But he doesn't score a cameo in the music clip filmed outside Nashville in the wilds of Tennessee.

Rick and Miranda's mother run the merchandise empire of Miranda who lives on an Oklahoma ranch with singing spouse Blake Shelton - also a coach and judge on The Voice.

Lambert, 29, and twice wed Shelton, 36, are frequent CMA, ACM and American Music Awards winners.

This year they won CMA song of the year for Over You.

They wrote it about Shelton's brother Richie, 24, who was killed in a car accident when Blake was just 14.

Shelton won two other 2012 CMA Awards - male vocalist and entertainer of the year.

Blake, wed to Kaynette Gern from 2003-2006, has released 10 albums and three EP CDS in a career dating back to debut hit Austin in 2001.

Miranda won best CMA female vocalist for the third consecutive year.

She also appeared in TV show Law And Order - Special Victims Unit and hosted The View.

She topped charts with her trio Pistol Annies whose song Run Daddy Run appears on the Hunger Games movie soundtrack.

CLICK HERE for a Miranda Lambert CD review in the Diary on January 11, 2010.
CLICK HERE for a Miranda feature in the Diary on May 7, 2007.


Texan singing stonemason Kevin Deal debuts on Behind Bars with his video for I Need Revival from his eighth album - the gospel fuelled There Goes The Neighbourhood.

Multi-instrumentalist album producer Lloyd Maines - father of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie - appears in the video.

He also plays dobro, banjo, mandolin and lap steel on the disc cut at Cedar Creek studio in Austin.

Deal, 50 and father of five, is a leader of the Americana movement in Texas.

The singer has made six more albums since appearing on Nu Country FM in its era at the Paris, Texas end of Collins St in 2001.

CLICK HERE for that interview and CD reviews in the Diary.


Florida born John Anderson also debuts on Behind Bars with the video for an historic hit.

He ignites the free spirits of an ancient native Indian culture in Seminole Wind - title track of his 1992 album.

Anderson touches on a subject examined in satirical depth by Miami crime writer and columnist Carl Hiassen in his many novels.

The singer longed for an era when everglades and ancient relics were untouched by over development.

Anderson celebrated his 58th birthday on December 13 after he reunited with longtime producer James Stroud on 30th album Bigger Hands.

The project was released in 2009 on Country Crossing Records - a division of Stroud's new label Stroudavarious Records.

The first single and video was Cold Coffee and Hot Beer.

Anderson's previous album, Easy Money, was released in 2007 and produced by John Rich.

Anderson and Rich also co-wrote Rich's single, Shuttin' Detroit Down.

The acclaimed new traditionalist's many other country hits since moving to Smithville in Tennessee include Wild and Blue, Swingin', Straight Tequila Night and Seminole Wind.

CLICK HERE for Anderson interviews and CD Reviews in The Diary.


Texan George Goss finishes up behind real bars in his Nu Country debut with his noir video There Ain't No Honky Tonks In Jail.

Goss was married in Luckenbach and has lived in Terlingua for many moons.

Terlingua is where latter day Texan Jerry Jeff Walker made famed 1973 live album Viva Terlingua.

Here is his story.

"I literally cut my teeth on my daddy's Doctor Graybo pipe, a pacifier soaked with Jim Beam and a Willie Nelson album called And Then I Wrote," Goss says in a brief bio.
"I bought my first hock shop guitar when I was 19, learned three chords and sat down to try to write my story. I guess played every campfire, picnic, carnival ground and honky tonk from coast to coast. Eventually I landed in Luckenbach, Texas, where I played under the trees and where my girlfriend worked. I sat with some of the finest songwriters in the world, unsung heroes, the talent was abounding. I was later married in Luckenbach and started Broken Strings Recording Studio.

It became a phenomenon, my old friend Alton Watson called it Happening - songwriters came from every. It was all about the song, we were writing songs. Every day someone would always show up on the doorstep and say 'hey listen to this.'

My heart for the music has not changed since those days. We decided to move south and build a green energy studio. Since we have moved to the desert of the Big Bend we have taken songwriters from all over Texas down into the Villa De La Mina twice to record on green energy. For me it has been and always will be about the song. My latest CD is a work coming out soon, produced by Pat O'Bryan in a green energy studio just a couple of
miles down a dirt road where we intend to build Broken Strings Studio at the Bluff."


Prolific Geelong-born Golden Guitarist Adam Harvey returns to Nu Country on the eve of his headlining role at Red Hill Country Music Festival on Sunday January 13.

Harvey graphically tells the story of Jack, Jill and moonshiner Joe in his humorous video for The House That Jack Built.

Joe stole Jill from Jack but Adam was winner in the eternal quadrangle on the NSW Central Coast.

The song is on Adam's 2001 album Workin' Overtime.

Adam, father of two, plays Red Hill country fest Sunday January 13 with Kristy Cox, Paul Costa, Adam Toms and other local artists.

Harvey turns 38 on New Year's Eve and tours to promote his 10TH album Falling Into Place.

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


Kirsty Akers returns to Nu Country with It Gets To Me from third album Naked.

The Hunter Valley singer might guest on a 2013 tour by Texans Bruce Robison and wife Kelly Willis.

She toured here last year with Texan Hayes Carll after being support on the 2011 tour by Nashville singer Jace Everett.

Kirsty, 24, hails from Kurri, Kurri and performed with Steve Earle on his recent visit.

We previously featured her animated video with Bob Evans on John Prine song In Spite Of Ourselves.

The singer wrote seven songs with Melody Pool for Naked.

They included the satirical parody of prima donnas - That's How You Get Famous.

CLICK HERE for a Kirsty CD review on August 23, 2011.
CLICK HERE for a Kirsty and Hayes Carll concert review on August 25, 2012.


We have copies of the hot new DVD by recent Grammy Award winners and Australian tourists Lady Antebellum for new members and renewing members of Nu Country.

The 18-track Own The Night World Tour DVD has five bonus songs with exclusive version of Black Water featuring Darius Rucker and Thompson Square.

There's also intimate backstage footage of the band, road crew and fans on a tour that included two concerts at the famed St Kilda Palais.

The 124-minute DVD features the band performing its many hits live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and documentary footage of band members and song sources.

Click Here for our membership page for details of all prizes.

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