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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Rascal Flatts

By Mikaela Bella. There’s been a lot of talk about Back to Us echoing the nostalgia of early Rascal Flatts sounds and albums? “I’m not saying this because it’s our latest album and it’s my job to plug it – but I’d put Back to Us right up there with any of the best we’ve […]

Shane Nicholson

By Gareth Hipwell. To paraphrase the Beatles: picture yourself in a tinnie on a river. Tumbledown fishing shacks – boxy fibro cubbies hemmed-in by dense bushland – crowd parcels of verdant lawn, while the languid Hawkesbury licks at shelves of oyster-encrusted rocks along the shoreline and the wavelets patter against the broadside of an anchored […]


By Gareth Hipwell When I ask Mark and Jay O’Shea for a brief run-down on the two years since Country Update last caught up with them, the duo’s response leaves me marvelling at their relaxed and chipper demeanour (narrating some background noise for my benefit, Mark explains that, “Jay’s just emptying the champagne ice bucket!”) […]