Prolific Golden Guitarists Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell and Felicity Urquhart headline Nu Country TV at 9 pm on Saturday October 20 on Channel 31/Digital 44.

Victorian bluegrass band Mustered Courage also return to the show repeated Sunday at 11.30 pm and Monday 3 pm.

Fellow Victorians and Kinglake bushfire survivors Destiny Band filmed their video in Gippsland on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

North Carolina chart topper Luke Combs, dual Grammy winner Lori McKenna and Texan Kevin Fowler also return with their latest videos.

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

Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/


Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell and Felicity Urquhart illustrate their choice of love or money with games of chance with unique cards and rewards in their return.

They drive home their message on Love Or Money - first single on their second album Weeds.

The trio's 2015 self-titled debut album won two Golden Guitars for best group and best alt-country album.

Kevin, Lyn and Felicity are likely to add to their collective 16 Golden Guitars in the 47 th Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth in January.

This album features Bennett's collaboration with septuagenarian Lola Brinton on Just Down The Hall that first appeared on Carpenteria chanteuse Kalesti Butler's second album Airborne .

Brinton's memory of the painful birth of an indigenous baby on the outside steps of a country hospital underpins the depth of this dynamic disc.

CLICK HERE for our Weeds CD feature in The Diary.


Melbourne bluegrass band Mustered Courage are joined by Choir Boys refugee Mark Gable on their Run To Paradise video filmed in May.

It preceded their fourth album We Played With Fire, released in September.

It was filmed in a different locale to the old Geelong gaol where the 2015 Tamworth Golden Guitarists shot their video for Cruel Alibis from their debut album.

Long-time friends Texas born Nick Keeling and Julian Abrahams started performing together in a hip-hop band while studying Jazz in Canberra .

Mustered Courage features lead vocalist Keeling on banjo, Abrahams on vocals and guitar, Josh Bridges vocals and bass and Paddy Montgomery on mandolin.

The album title track When We Played With Fire is a song about the old days and old gang from high school days.

Mustered Courage recorded their album with a crowd funding campaign that raised over $15,000.

“We are very proud to be independent again and more excited about our new album than ever before,” says guitarist Julian.

They also appeared on Nu Country with Leave This Life Behind from their third album White Lies & Melodies.

They return to Northcote on Sunday to play Wesley Ann .

CLICK HERE for a Mustered Courage CD review in The Diary on October 12, 2015.


The Destiny Band take us to some familiar landmarks when they filmed their latest video at Yinnar - the Davidson Brothers birthplace in Gippsland.

The sextet's dream move to the bush was sparked by sounds of a milkman's horse in outer eastern Melbourne suburb Kilsyth where singer Tessa Libreri was raised.

Streets Of Old Kilsyth is on new Destiny EP From The Heart that also features Sorry and Kuragg Kbir and precedes a third album later this year.

It follows two albums - Take Me Back in Time in 2016 and Makin Music released in June 2017.

Tessa was raised in Kilsyth and graduated from the Johnny Young Talent School in Richmond and was an extra in Neighbours, Skirts, Flying Doctors, Carson 's Law, The Henderson Kids and Mission Impossible.

She met Reservoir born Thomas Libreri in Kinglake when they formed a duo and band.

They married, had children and performed in the Yarra Valley , King Lake and Yea, Crown Casino , Parliament House and Federation Square while running their building and maintenance business.

In 2009 they fought Black Saturday Bushfires , saving their family, neighbours and dream home they purpose-built.

The home, replete with soundproofed studio and band rehearsal room, is now hired out by the new owners for corporate getaways and song-writing workshops by country duo Carter & Carter.

Thomas received a Bravery Medal from the Governor General for saving a neighbour who had been burnt in the fires but tragically died three weeks later.

They later moved to Gippsland with their children and front the Destiny band featuring keyboardist Ron Armstrong, drummer Tony Desira, bassist Bob Hutton and backing vocalist Jessica Loprese. The sextet showcases its music live in Gippsland and beyond.

Further info - https://destinyband.webs.com/


Dual Grammy winning hit writer Lori McKenna took her band to an inland stream to illustrate her time travel in her latest video Young And Angry Again .

The 49-year-old Massachusetts mother of five proved why she's a true survivor.

She wrote 11 songs on her Dave Cobb produced 12th album The Tree including Young And Angry Again and The Lot Behind St Marys.

Her video for People Get Old - about her father - appeared on Nu Country in July.

McKenna won Grammys for writing Tim McGraw hit Humble & Kind and Little Big Town smash Girl Crush.

She and McGraw also wrote recent song Gravity for new movie Free Solo about Alex Honnold's pursuit to free solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

A previous video The Bird & The Rifle was title of Lori's Cobb produced 11th album.

McKenna and Brandy Clark, 40, wrote Three Kids No Husband for Lori's eighth album Numbered Doors in 2014 after meeting a woman with five children and no husband.

It also appeared on Clark's second album Big Day In A Small Town and was inspired by a YouTube video Clark created to introduce Pray to Jesus from her 2013 album 12 Stories .

Lori and Texan troubadour Sunny Sweeney also wrote recent Sweeney hits Bottle By My Bed and Nothing Wrong With Texas .

Further info - http://www.lorimckenna.com/


North Carolina singer-songwriter Luke Combs has joined Octogenarian mentor Willie Nelson as a prolific video maker and chart magnet.

He shot his latest video for She Got The Best Of Me to accompany his chart topping deluxe bonus CD This One's For You Too.

Combs, 28, returns for the sold out 12th CMC Rocks Queensland festival at Ipswich in March.

He debuted there this year before a concert with South Carolina star Darius Rucker at Melbourne CBD Forum Theatre on March 19.

The CMC festival and Rucker-Combs tour are among memorable projects organised by our late benefactor Rob Potts and fellow Tasmanian born Michael Chugg.

Luke left home town of Asheville for Nashville after dropping out of Appalachia University .

It was worth it for Combs whose deluxe version of debut album This One's For You Too featuring five new songs, including Beautiful Crazy , was released here in June.

CLICK HERE for a Combs CD feature in The Diary on July 9.


West Texan singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler didn't hide his feelings under his hat when he escaped to the sand and surf for his latest video.

Fowler, 52 and father of three daughters, showcased the wild life on top of his hat and shoulders in Beach Please from his 11th album.

The Amarillo singer's previous gems include Don't Touch My Willie and Santa Got Busted by the Border Patrol.

They were inspired by Shotgun Willie Nelson's drug busts and feature a cameo by Asleep At The Wheel singer Ray Benson.

Fowler has a penchant for booze songs - The Lord Loves a Drinking Man, Beer Season, Long Neckin' (Makes for Short Memories), Drinking Days, Ain't Drinking No More, Beer Money and All The Tequila in Tijuana.

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Sammy Kershaw and fellow Texans George Jones and Mark Chesnutt recorded Beer, Bait & Ammo - title track of his 2000 album.

Chesnutt also cut The Lord Loves A Drinking Man .

Fowler writes songs driving his pickup at his ranch near Junction - he calls them "presents from the song Gods."

"Those seem to be the best ones," he said of songs including Cheaper To Keep Her .

He penned Ain't Dead Yet and Now You're Talkin' with frequent Aussie tourist David Lee Murphy and drinking anthem I Pulled a Hank Last Night and Honky Tonk Junkie.

Further info - www.kevinfowler.com


We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 37th series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.

You can win Kip Moore's third album Slowheart , thanks to EMI promotions chief Dave Parker, and Blake Shelton's 12th CD If I'm Honest from Karen Black and Tony Midolo at Warner Music.

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

They include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for full details.

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