Issue 88 OUT NOW!

Greetings! Welcome to another year in country music and after the frivolity and fanfare of Tamworth we get down to what’s coming for the rest of 2018 and there is plenty – with new albums, new festivals, existing festivals and tours galore. In this role I am often fascinated by how recurring themes insert themselves […]

The Wolfe Brothers

‘Round here we get high on that Cascade blue – start throwin’ ‘em back when there ain’t much to do,’ sings Nick Wolfe at the outset of soaring anthem ‘Ain’t Seen It Yet’ – the first track and lead single lifted from the Wolfe Brothers’ towering fourth studio album, Country Heart. In case there was […]

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Surprisingly later rather than sooner, after sharing tours, hits and a 21-year marriage, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have finally released a duets album. The twelve collaborative tracks deliver enchanting romance in boundless depth with the richest male and female harmonies country music has produced in ages. The content is on point – territory you […]

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

‘Now it’s raining on the Hawkesbury, it’s slippery on the road, and she’s dialling up another song he doesn’t know. Some girls quite like country music, but that’s not so common now…’ So sings Lachlan Bryan on ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Middle Aged Man’, the second track of Bryan and band the […]

Andrew Swift

Caravanning is fast becoming a routine incident of the Australian country circuit: to wit, Country Update favourites Luke O’Shea and Fanny Lumsden have each been enthusiastic proponents of caravan touring in recent years – Lumsden and husband Dan Stanley Freeman crisscrossing the landscape in their own soon-to-be-iconic Millard caravan with the Fans and Dan Van […]

Deep Down South

With Gretta Ziller. Hello readers! I’m writing this article on my first Sunday back in Melbourne after the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and I must say the only thing that has eased the post Tamworth blues that we all experience, is coming back to a perfect Melbourne summer! For those that don’t know what that […]

Bluegrass Truth

With Hamish and Lachlan Davidson. Tamworth was a real blast for us this year, we got along to Pete Denahy’s Bluegrass & Comedy Breakfast show and Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club both of which were full of great musicians and on-stage jams. We also performed with Melinda Schneider at her show which she opened with a […]

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 […]