BIRTHRIGHT Fiona Lowe

A family tangled together by a rich inheritance simmers in secrets, childhood rivalry, favoritism and betrayal. Is inheritance a privilege or a right? Three families. Three claims. One fortune …let the bastardry begin. The Jamiesons are wealthy and considered aristocracy in the heart of Victoria’s high country. Margaret, the matriarch has always been as tight […]

THREE GOLD COINS Josephine Moon

Masquerading as the not unusual fare of satisfying themes of love, second chances and a redeeming outcome, this book encompasses several big issues compellingly and arbitrarily which makes it an infinitely more riveting journey. On the run from a dubious and dangerous ex-partner in Brisbane, Lara Foxleigh tosses three gold euros into the Trevi Fountain […]

THE MAKING OF MARTIN SPARROW Peter Cochrane

Lazy, lovelorn and luckless, Martin Sparrow is already deep in debt when a devastating flood strikes the Hawkesbury River in 1806. His 30-acre farm is all but washed away, leaving the former convict with a choice: he can buckle down and set about his agricultural renewal, or he can heed the whispers of an earthly […]

IMOGEN CLARK COLLIDE

The second major label outing from Imogen Clark breaks with the rustic sonic palette of Love & Lovely Lies (2016). A frequently brooding note of high drama pervades Collide, which finds Clark grappling with the unending pitfalls and betrayals of burgeoning maturity. Produced by Mark Lizotte (Diesel), it’s an album of brilliant polish and expansive […]

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW VOLUNTEER

Produced by an evidently tireless Dave Cobb, Old Crow’s signature old-timey sound feels as alive as ever – in fact you’d be forgiven for thinking it was recorded at a kitchen party. It’s bound to thrill longtime fans, and anyone looking for some relief from the suffocating smoothness of most mainstream country. Its’ rustic references, […]

MORGAN WALKEN IF I KNOW ME

The sought-after songwriter co-penned six tracks for this album, and the project perfectly embodies Wallen’s downhome roots, whiskey-soaked vocals, and Southern rock edge, serving as a fitting introduction to “country music’s newest superstar” (NKD Mag). Morgan Wallen’s “addictive” new single ‘Up Down,’ featuring Florida Georgia Line, is catapulting up the Country charts and has earned […]

KIM RICHEY EDGELAND

On album No 8 Richey utilizes no less than three separate groups of musicians for her first release in 5yrs. Ramping up the eclectic instrumentation, if not the volume – the players contribute everything from electric sitar to Bouzouki, vibraphone and resonator guitar – which brings refreshing variation to Richey’s sweet vocals. Strings arranged and […]

JOHNNY CASH: FOREVER WORDS VARIOUS ARTISTS

This companion piece of sorts to 2016’s Johnny Cash: Forever Words book finds some of Americana’s most respected artists creating music to handwritten letters, poems and other documents unearthed after his 2003 death. Largely ballad-oriented set ranges from the raw, stripped down banjo and vocals of Kacey Musgraves with husband Ruston Kelly (‘To June This […]

TRAVELLER WESTERN MOVIES

Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel, and Jonny Fritz are three of Nashville’s most beloved songwriters, so the announcement that their supergroup Traveller – a project they teased in 2015 – had a full-length album on the way was a welcome one. Western Movies is a fitting introduction to the music these three artists make together: playful, […]

BRAD COX SELF TITLED

Brad Cox, the reigning Star Maker whom we introduced last issue after that impressive win, has delivered an imposing debut album. Owning an exceptional vocal and solid song writing chops, Brad is the real deal with the dirt-left-on when it comes to Australian contemporary country. Refreshingly raw and unpolished there is no pretense or artifice […]