Texan singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves headlines Nu Country TV with organic versions of two of her hits on Thursday October 30 at 10.30 pm on Channel 31, Digital 44.

Musgraves is joined by co-writer Brandy Clark on the show repeated Monday 5.30 am and Thursday 2.30 am and filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

And South Carolina born singer Julie Roberts debuts after fighting back from being diagnosed with MS in 2011.

Kiewa Valley minstrel Greta Ziller also debuts with canine and equestrian help and Texan Billy Joe Shaver returns by popular demand.

Nu Country TV is a highlight of the C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.

Just follow this link on your computer or mobile phone - http://www.c31.org.au/program/view/program/nu-country-tv


Kacey Musgraves performs an organic cut of her song Mama's Broken Heart - a #1 hit for fellow Texan Miranda Lambert in 2013.

She wrote it with fellow Nu Country TV guest Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.

Kacey, just 26, also performs Keep It To Yourself - the fourth hit on her fourth album Same Trailer Different Park.

She is going to use dream team songwriters and co-producers Luke Laird and Shane McAnally on her fifth album in 2015.

“I've written a little,” said Musgraves whose mainstream debut won a Grammy Award for best country album.

“I almost feel like I'm in a bubble sometimes, and every day is different. It's very hard. But I've written some songs that I'm very excited about so far, but nothing has taken shape yet. We'll just clear our heads and write and see what happens.”

Musgraves admitted feeling added pressure writing her new album.

“I'm going to go with my gut and make it about the songs,” she said.

“They say you have your whole life to write your first record and influence that, and this time there's not as much time there for me to be able to do that. I just need to focus on that I've found my stride and I'm doing something that makes sense to me. I'm just going to keep doing that.”

Kacey recently toured with Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss plans a duet with Willie.

“It's really a lot of fun, we've had a good tour,” Willie said about travelling with Musgraves.

“I look forward to touring with those folks again one day. Kacey and I are planning on doing a song together, an old song I wrote called You Sure This Is Where You Want to Be . We're going to do some recording together and that's going to be cool.”

It is best known by the title Are You Sure and appeared on Willie's third studio album Country Willie - His Own Songs from 1965.

It was a co-write with his former Cherokee Cowboys band mate Buddy Emmons.

Are You Sure comes from the same song-writing era as Willie's standards Night Life, Crazy and Hello Walls .

CLICK HERE for a Kacey story in The Diary on July 9, 2013.


Prolific Washington born singer-songwriter Brandy Clark returns with her video for Pray To Jesus from her debut album 12 Stories.

Clark, now 37, has lived in Nashville for 16 years and co-wrote Miranda Lambert's #1 hit Mama's Broken Heart and Band Perry chart-topper Better Dig Two.

She also landed songs on albums by artists as diverse as Gretchen Wilson, Ashton Shepherd, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Darius Rucker.

Clark is nominated for two 2014 Country Music Association Awards for New Artist and Song of the Year for Musgraves hit Follow Your Arrow .

Brandy was reared in Morton , Washington - a logging town of only 900 people in the shadow of Mount St. Helens .

Her indie album features Vince Gill on background vocals and debuted at #28 on Billboard.

On January 6 this year Clark made her network CBS network TV debut with Stripes on The Late Show With David Letterman .

Clark opened for Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles on her 2014 tour and wrote satiric Songs About Trucks for Waco country singer Wade Bowen.

Further Info - http://brandyclarkmusic.com/


Julie Roberts debuts on our show with the video for the title track of fourth album Good Wine And Bad Decisions .

Her wine warning followed her recent single Whiskey & You .

Sadly Julie, 35, was diagnosed with MS in 2011.

She then released her third album Alive after a five year hiatus from 2006 disc Men And Mascara.

The South Carolina born singer debuted on TV in a CMT documentary In the Moment: Julie Roberts that documents the days of a country star on the rise.

Roberts worked for five years as an intern, receptionist and P.A. to Luke Lewis - CEO at the Nashville office of Universal Music.

She was well versed in pitfalls of artists whose music is thrown at the radio wall and may be dumped after their first single.

"I didn't know how it was going to turn out," Roberts told Nu Country after her self-titled Universal album reached #9 on debut.

"I didn't know the song was going to move slowly on the charts. It was showing the reality of my career and how things move slowly.

They followed me more than six months with cameras."

CLICK HERE for our exclusive interview with Julie in The Diary on June 20, 2004.


Kiewa Valley singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller showcases her Celtic and German heritage in her candle lit video for Hunt For Love .

The singer is also accompanied by her dog and horse in the song she wrote for five track EP Hell's Half Acre named after her trip to Alberta in Canada .

Producer Matt Fell played on the disc with Glen Hannah (guitars), Sam Hawksley (pedal steel), Luke Moller (fiddle) and Josh Schuberth (drums).

She cut the WJO distributed CD in late 2013 - it came out in August and followed a self-titled EP in 2009.

Ziller also co-founded old time bluegrass band Orange Blossom but her biggest audience was with Johnny Farnham at the 2009 AFL Grand Final.

That was the year Geelong won its eighth flag despite Harry Taylor breaking his hand.

Gretta, a 2011 CMAA Academy Of Country Music graduate, grew up in Thologolong near Wodonga in the Upper Murray .

She dabbled in musical theatre after learning violin, cello, double bass and bagpipes - a reflection of her Celtic & German Heritage.

Gretta was Pipe Band Coordinator at the Scots School Albury where she studied from 2004-2010.

Ziller then headed south to Melbourne where she studied for a Bachelor Degree in Voice that landed her in the Trinity College Choir (2000-2002) and overseas tour opportunities.

Further info - http://grettaziller.com/


Texan honky tonk hero Billy Joe Shaver returns by popular demand with his live version of Good Old U.S.A.

It was recorded at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth before he launched his new album Long In The Tooth in August.

The album included The Git Go - Jamey Johnson also joined Willie Nelson on that song on Willie's 69th album Band Of Brothers .

Billy Joe opened for Waylon, Willie and The Highwaymen , cut a live album at the Corner Hotel, Richmond , and performed a special after midnight birthday show for this diarist at Paul Madigan's long defunct Druids' lodge on the mean streets of Brunswick on previous Australian tours.

Shaver returned here in 2002 on a tour with singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman who returns to the Caravan Club in Oakleigh in January.

Long in the Tooth , produced by Ray Kennedy and Gary Nicholson, on the Lightning Rod label, features Hard to Be an Outlaw - a duet with Willie - that also appears on Band Of Brothers .

CLICK HERE for a Billy Joe feature in the Diary on April 11, 2007.


We need your support as we celebrate the 24th series of Nu Country TV.

Australian record companies and artists have joined forces to ensure our survival.

We have new CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your membership.

They include singing actors Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw, Voice judge Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Charley Pride, Slim Dusty, Kacey Jones, Rosanne Cash and more.

We also have the latest John Denver all-star tribute album and DVDS by Lady Antebellum .

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for full details.

top / back to diary