Issue 85 – OUT NOW!

GREETINGS! Firstly let me welcome Chris Matthews as a new columnist bringing the top end of WA’s Kimberley region alive for readers. Chris is resident muso at El Questro for the winter months and presently on a ‘singing odyssey’ with Luke O’Shea touring the coast of WA from bottom to top. A stack of excellent […]

Chris Stapleton

By Denise Torenbeek The broad strokes of Chris Stapleton’s story have long since been transformed into contemporary country-music mythology. A veteran songwriter who spent 15 years writing for bros (Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett), traditionalists (George Strait, Alison Krauss), and the most popular singer in the world (Adele), Stapleton finally stepped out on his own with […]

Caitlyn Shadbolt

By Mikaela Bella Songwriters take note: if ever you experience a deficit of inspiration you can always mosey on over to Bali. It worked a treat for Caitlyn Shadbolt, who penned the twelve tracks on her delightful debut album Songs On My Sleeve while jet setting between three continents and four cities (with Nashville, Sydney […]

Zac Brown Band

By Gareth Hipwell This is the most personal album we’ve ever done and we’re very proud of it. Welcome home,” says Zac Brown of Welcome Home, the fifth major label outing for the tireless juggernaut that is the 8-piece Zac Brown Band. Representing a marked softening in both sound and thematic thrust after the kaleidoscopic […]

Brad Paisley

By Denise Torenbeek I was beginning to fret that this long-awaited record would never see the light of day, as for several issues I’ve had it slated for the lead story only to learn it would be postponed to a future date. Nought for it but to wait patiently and trust it was a case of […]

Jimmy Webb

By Kim Cheshire It’s been nearly 20 years since master songwriter Jimmy Web visited Australia promoting his book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting. I caught him at Sydney’s Basement along with many of Australia’s top songwriters, music publishers and fans. The book although semi autobiographical was more a tutorial than a personal bio and […]

Roots & All – Issue 85

With Kim Cheshire Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017 Having recently survived the worst flood here in the region since the 80’s, completely devastating the town of Lismore and many of the outlying communities, Bluesfest was a welcome respite from the weather and the woes of the massive cleanup, to have five dry days of glorious sunshine […]

Bluegrass Truth – Issue 85

It’s time we highlight our good neighbours, New Zealand, for consistently producing some fine bluegrass musicians through the past 40 years. Many of them travelling to Australia frequently to perform and attend festivals; and some have since gone on to base themselves in the United States. First to mention is Paul Trenwith, who late last […]


VARIOUS ARTISTS Double disc – CD and DVD of the live Concert. Having never been a huge fan of tribute albums, live albums or even Waylon Jennings for that matter, I was surprised to discover my critical parameters expanding as I moved track by track through this inspiring collection of performances. This musical memoir of […]


TRUE NORTH ‘Sisters’ is the newest single from Rachel and Bec Olsson, sister act Innocent Eve. The second single taken from True North is written about the three Olsson sisters; Bec, Rachel and Catherine who share a strong bond and who were all once in a covers band together. Although quite different in looks, personality […]


BAREFOOT WONDERLAND Justin Bernasconi is considered a rarity among guitarists and songwriters. Straddling styles and sounds from the Delta Blues, Appalachian Bluegrass, English Folk and all stops in between, his highly original tunes, are infused with exciting and soulful guitar playing. The album opens with ‘Speed Camera’, which is the true story how Bernasconi’s partner […]