Issue 89 OUT NOW!

Greetings! With the recent drop in temperature to very chilly mornings and snow and frost in some areas, it is a good thing the festival season is about to turn the heat up in earnest here in Qld. Starting with Groundwater (formerly Broadbeach) there seems to be a festival almost every weekend from now through […]

Kasey Chambers

At the height of a career that has produced a dozen albums and scores of accolades and awards, for Kasey Chambers, the memory of a mulgawood campfire still flickers vividly across time. “‘The Campfire Song’ feels like a song that’s been in my heart for my whole life, but it’s only just surfaced now,” Kasey […]

Keith Urban

“The studio to me is like a blank canvas,” Aussie superstar Keith Urban recently told Eric Westervelt of Here & Now, describing the making of expansive eleventh studio album Graffiti U. “I go in and just start flicking paint around and start building really an album from there. No preconceived idea, just creating in the […]

Catherine Britt

From Newcastle to Nashville, Catherine made the move to the home of country music at just 17 years old. It proved to be a brave decision that gave her immeasurable experience as a musician, insight into the workings of the industry and a contract with the iconic RCA Records. When you look at modern country […]

Kacey Musgraves

To those eager to apply a rebel narrative to an artist pushing country music’s buttons and testing its’ boundaries, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter’s cheekiness and campy, Instagram-friendly way she interpreted the cowgirl costuming of her musical Texas youth has held quite the appeal. Due credit should also be attributed to the input of equally militant and […]

Willie Nelson

Willie doesn’t want to be the last man standing, he declares on the title track of this new album, made up of eleven original co-writes with producer Buddy Cannon. After a moment’s consideration, he adds: “On second thought, maybe I do.” The song is a wry concession to an overshadowing truth that accompanies Willie Nelson […]

THE SECRETS AT OCEAN’S EDGE Kali Napier

1932. Ernie and Lily Hass, and their daughter, Girlie, have lost almost everything in the Depression. All they have keeping their small family together is their shame. Abandoning their failing wheat farm and small-town gossip, they make a new start on the west coast of Australia where they begin to build a summer guesthouse, but […]

THE WILDFLOWERS Harriet Evans

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamourous, argumentative…adulterous to the core. They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the same house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy. But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been […]

THE GREAT ALONE Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit. Amid a world in political turmoil, Ernt Allbright, a Vietnam vet and former POW, suffers from what we now call PTSD. His volatile nature and violent temper make it hard to hold down a job. When a friend […]

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR Sally Hepworth

Brimming with power and intrigue comes another saga riddled with secrets – well, if everything was as it seemed there wouldn’t be a story would there?! The most secure suburbs often hold the deepest shadows and such is the case for Essie, a mother of two. In a moment of maternal despair she once made […]