Keith Urban

Keith Urban – Descending Down Under One of music’s most innovative, progressive artists, Keith’s creativity only moves forward – After collaborating with a sweeping crop of writers and producers for 2013’s Fuse, and its resulting four US No. 1 hits, the renowned guitarist figured his next project would be much easier, because, he reasons, “I’d […]

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton – If He’s Honest Never coy in courting or countering controversy Shelton rarely hides what he thinks in any politically correct fug of subterfuge. Twice a week he’s quoted on an irate or amusing outburst in defence of a friend, slamming some showbiz sham or ripping into the rumour mill. Most recently he […]

Kristy Cox

Kristy Cox – The Universal Language Of Bluegrass By Gareth Hipwell Even beyond their similar topographies, the red clay foothills of East Tennessean Appalachia are perhaps not so far removed from the grassy, granite slopes of the Adelaide Hills. After all, South Australia’s prize wine country with its dusky bluegums (in place of Kentucky bluegrass), […]

Michael Waugh

Michael Waugh – Where We Might Be By Denise Torenbeek Recently, Allan Caswell conducted a songwriting workshop in Theebine – a little local village near me. I joined Alan and Marion at the pub for dinner, and as you might expect, the conversation was heavily biased to all things songwriting. Alan asked have I heard […]

Sara Storer

Sara Storer That once great, virtually vanished brand we encounter so seldom these days, ‘Made In Australia’, applies to nothing more adherently than Sara Storer. Needing no jingoistic logo or contrived ‘act,’ her ‘brand’ comes forcefully from within as naturally as breathing, and speaks volumes in Silos. I caught up with Sara on an evening […]

Graeme Connors

Graeme Connors – Sixty Summers When Graeme Connors was asked to stay longer at Tamworth this year to attend the Golden Guitar Awards, he never suspected he’d be celebrating his own induction into Tamworth’s Roll of Renown. “That was fabulous. What took me by surprise most of all was the incredible wave of emotion I […]

Clint Black

Clint Black – Purposefully Black Clint Black is back! Much vaunted as one of country music’s biggest stars of the 80s and 90s, Black brings On Purpose, his first all-new studio album in a decade. Black’s twenty-first album overall, this marks his first since 2005’s Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic. The 14-track album, recorded at […]

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw – Damn Country Music McGraw’s latest album seems to have found universal appeal with fans and critics alike garnering widespread praise for the strength of the songs and claims it re-introduces the singer’s love for stone-cold country classics. “When I recorded the track Damn Country Music, it was one of those electric moments,” […]

Sydney Country

This year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival was all about Melbourne. I met nary a festival-going soul who was not quick to volunteer a few mellifluous words of praise for the Victorian capital’s vibrant country scene, and it seemed that my every step under the blazing Peel Valley sun drew me, inexorably, toward Lachlan Bryan-curated Melbourne […]