Six-time Texan Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves headlines Nu Country TV Saturday April 27 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/44 on the eve of her second Australian tour in May.

Newly-wed fellow Texan Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies return to the show repeated Monday 7.30 am and Thursday 12 am.

Lone Star state peers Kevin Fowler and Cody Johnson also appear on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Hunter Valley singer-songwriter Tori Forsyth boomerangs while Montana singer-songwriter Tim Montana debuts.

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

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


Kacey Musgraves didn't have butterflies when she won four more Grammys in February.

Instead she showcases her new single of that name live in Tokyo on this week's show.

Butterflies is on her quadruple Grammy award winning seventh album Golden Hour.

It was voted all genre album of the year and won three country Grammys - best country song for Space Cowboy , solo performance for Butterflies and country album Golden Hour .

Golden, population 200, is Kacey's Texas hometown

Kasey, 30, performs St Kilda Palais on May 14 with Canadian artist Bahamas , born Afie Jurvanen, 37, who is touring to promote his fourth album Earthtones.

Musgraves has showcased several vibrant videos on Nu Country.

She wed fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly on October 14, 2017, and credits him for her marital mood upswing in many new songs

Kacey also became an Uber driver to rescue Kelly when he was locked up in Nashville police cells for DUI in January, 2018.

Kelly made the most of his time behind bars to write a new song for his second album that follows debut disc Dying Star recorded at Sonic Ranch way out west in El Paso.

Kacey and Kelly honoured the late Johnny Cash with their adaptation of the poem To June This Morning that started as an ode by the man-in-black to his second wife June Carter Cash from 2016 book Forever Words: The Unknown Poems.

Johnny died at 71 on September 12, 2003, and June died earlier that year on May 15 at 73 after many Australian tours.

CLICK HERE for our Kacey interview in The Diary on June 18, 2018.


The Pistol Annies return with an acoustic version of Best Years Of My Life from the trio's third album Interstate Gospel, released on November 2 after a five year hiatus.

The trio features Miranda Lambert, Knoxville girl Ashley Monroe, now 32, and another Presley.

Angaleena Presley is a Kentucky Coal-Miner's daughter

At 42 she's younger than two fellow singers and coalminer's daughters - famed octogenarian Loretta Lynn and her cousin Patty Loveless

Lambert announced on February 16 that she wed her second husband Brendan McLoughlin.

“In honor of Valentine's Day,” Lambert, 35, wrote.

“I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you, Brendan McLoughlin, for loving me for me.”

This is Lambert's second marriage after her four-year marriage to Oklahoma singer-songwriter and Voice judge-mentor Blake Shelton from 2011 to 2015.

Lambert has released six solo albums, Monroe five and Presley two as well as the Pistol Annies three discs.

CLICK HERE for a previous Miranda CD review in The Diary on June 23, 2014.


Texan Kevin Fowler traces his life in country songs in his return to Nu Country TV.

The Amarillo born father of three daughters revealed he was raised on George Jones and other major country stars

It helped him make the most of his 52 years in his video trip from cradle to his grandpa's grave.

His final pit stop was at Buck's Bar in Buda , Texas , in Country Song To Sing on his eighth album Coming To A Honky Tonk Near You.

Fowler's hits include Beer, Bait & Ammo, Hip Hop In a Honky Tonk and Santa Got Busted by the Border Patrol.

The latter was inspired by Shotgun Willie Nelson's drug busts - and features a cameo by Asleep At The Wheel singer Ray Benson.

Kevin also recorded Don't Touch My Willie about his hero - singing actor Nelson who turns 86 on April 30.

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


Former Texan prison guard and rodeo rider Cody Johnson rises above the pack in his latest video.

Cody urged fans to rise above the envy of haters to chase their dreams in Doubt Me Now from his seventh album Ain't Nothing To It.

Johnson and drummer guitarist dad Carl were prison guards the infamous Huntsville prison.

The 31-year-old rode his horse off-stage on his previous video Dear Rodeo.

Carl played on Cody's first two albums - Black and White Label and Live and Rocking at Shenanigans and Confetti's Club in Huntsville in 2007.

Cody released third album, Six Strings One Dream , in 2009 and fourth album, A Different Day , in 2011.

He teamed with Kyle Park in 2012 for the Dancing and Drinking at Johnson Park changed their name to the Rocking CJB's .

Johnson's fifth album Cowboy Like Me - the second produced by Trent Willmon - was released on January 14, 2014.

Further info - http://www.thecodyjohnsonband.com/home.php


Tim Montana takes us back home to mining town Butte, Montana .

Montana , who shares his name with his home state, rode his steed and trucks through ice and snow.

He also enlisted his mum, aunt, mechanics, miners, cooks, first responders and other Butte denizens in American Thread from his third album.

“I got to involve a lot of people who helped me when I was a kid,” Montana , 34, revealed.

“It was a family thing, a friend thing, and I got to bring all these people to the big screen. The mechanic in the video taught me a lot about my truck. My mom is with the horses. My aunt is holding a baby. The bus driver would pick me up when I was a kid in Elk Park . I tried to involve as many people as possible.”

Tim, 35, was raised in a trailer without power in the Montana mountains

His second album was Tim Montana & the Shred Necks.

Charlie Sheen starred in and produced Tim's latest video Mostly Stoned at Watertown near Nashville in February.

Further info - https://www.timmontana.com/


Hunter Valley singer-songwriter Tori Forsyth returns to Nu Country with a haunting tale.

She fought the curses of witches in the forest and murky dark water in her video for Redemption - fourth single from debut disc Dawn Of The Dark, produced by Shane Nicholson.

The 23-year-old was born on the NSW Central Coast but was raised on a 62-acre farm near tiny rural town Congewa in the Hunter Valley.

Tori previously appeared on Nu Country with Grave Robber's Daughter filmed in Swanhaven on the NSW south coast,

She mixed poetry and songwriting at school with encouragement of a grade 5 English teacher who “was the only teacher in the school who made poetry a thing, and it was really cool”.

Tori didn't rate her writing - “I always just fluked English”.

But her original tune Johnny And June appeared on debut 2014 EP Black Bird that she worked multiple jobs to pay for.

“I tried to co-write, I did a lot of them, but I didn't feel they were a reflection of me and I wouldn't be comfortable putting them out,” recalled Tori who played the 2018 South by South West Festival in Austin , Texas .

“If I was to have an album full of love songs that would be dumb, it wouldn't make sense. If I was making an album about drinking and having a good time on a Friday, that wouldn't make sense either.”

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


We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 39th 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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