Issue 87 – OUT NOW!

After a horror quarter of catastrophes including the hideous Harvest Festival massacre in Las Vegas and the loss of too many industry personnel, including promoter Rob Potts, writer Iain Shedden and the inimitable Don Williams, to name a few, I think it best we hope the worst is over and look forward wholeheartedly to a […]

Luke Bryan

Set to headline CMC Rocks Qld next March, Georgia-raised breakaway superstar Luke Bryan – he of the impish grin and manicured stubble – has long been one of contemporary Nashville’s most ebullient personalities. There’s no end in sight to the heaving portable party that is the singer’s live show, with this year’s Huntin’, Fishin’ and […]

Chris Stapleton

‘Flat-out like a lizard drinking’ has fast become two-time Grammy-winner Chris Stapleton’s default mode of living. In what has been a massive year for the hirsute Kentuckian, the 39-year-old guitar-slinging country-soul man has added several new feathers to the signature hat – with its shield of deer-hide and plumage studded with a nugget of turquoise […]

Kristy Cox

After a triumphant 2016 that saw her touring the US, Europe and Australia plus being nominated for both Emerging Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year with Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent, reaching #8 on the US Bluegrass Junction album chart for her last album Part of Me and # 2 position on the US […]

Don Williams

Country music fans around the world mourned the loss of one of its’ most distinctive song stylists with the passing of Don Williams in September after a short illness. He was 78. Rodney Crowell recently wrote with his customary eloquence and graceful example, I have my own peculiar Don Williams story. In 1993 I arrived […]

Michael Waugh

It’s lunch break at a prestigious school on the Yarra River in Melbourne and shortly a group of senior students will be summoned back to the classroom for exam revision. Taking a moment away from class preparations to talk about his upcoming new music is Michael Waugh, a passionate educator. But that is not all…to […]

ROOTS’N’ALL

AUSTRALIANA AMERICANA Following the flurry of excitement accompanying “The First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night” at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne recently it became apparent to me that I was unaware that an Australian sub-branch of the Nashville based Americana Association had even been set up in Australia. Considering that I author a long-running column […]

ISSUE 86 – OUT NOW!

Greetings! And so to the Spring edition and the onset of festivals everywhere starting with the Gympie Muster – although Queensland’s winter run of festivals is gaining increasing impetus and the Broadbeach CM Festival at close of July was a blinder with attendee numbers almost double on last year and absolutely perfect weather for the […]

Shania Twain

By Mikaela Bella. It took that self-instructive horse sense for Shania to finally commit to the challenge of releasing Now. Baulked by turbulent years of illness and a traumatic separation from her longtime songwriter/producer and husband, the highly anticipated follow-on from Up! has been fifteen years in the making. But, Man! Doesn’t it feel good […]