Issue 89 OUT NOW!

Greetings! With the recent drop in temperature to very chilly mornings and snow and frost in some areas, it is a good thing the festival season is about to turn the heat up in earnest here in Qld. Starting with Groundwater (formerly Broadbeach) there seems to be a festival almost every weekend from now through […]

Kasey Chambers

At the height of a career that has produced a dozen albums and scores of accolades and awards, for Kasey Chambers, the memory of a mulgawood campfire still flickers vividly across time. “‘The Campfire Song’ feels like a song that’s been in my heart for my whole life, but it’s only just surfaced now,” Kasey […]

Keith Urban

“The studio to me is like a blank canvas,” Aussie superstar Keith Urban recently told Eric Westervelt of Here & Now, describing the making of expansive eleventh studio album Graffiti U. “I go in and just start flicking paint around and start building really an album from there. No preconceived idea, just creating in the […]

Catherine Britt

From Newcastle to Nashville, Catherine made the move to the home of country music at just 17 years old. It proved to be a brave decision that gave her immeasurable experience as a musician, insight into the workings of the industry and a contract with the iconic RCA Records. When you look at modern country […]

Kacey Musgraves

To those eager to apply a rebel narrative to an artist pushing country music’s buttons and testing its’ boundaries, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter’s cheekiness and campy, Instagram-friendly way she interpreted the cowgirl costuming of her musical Texas youth has held quite the appeal. Due credit should also be attributed to the input of equally militant and […]

Willie Nelson

Willie doesn’t want to be the last man standing, he declares on the title track of this new album, made up of eleven original co-writes with producer Buddy Cannon. After a moment’s consideration, he adds: “On second thought, maybe I do.” The song is a wry concession to an overshadowing truth that accompanies Willie Nelson […]

Bluegrass Truth

Each time we write this column it seems we’ve met more young bluegrass musicians in Australia which is a momentous turnaround from when we were starting out in the mid-90’s. The most exciting news for us right now is that the Davidson Brothers have been selected as an Official IBMA Showcase Act at the World […]

Deep Down South

With Michael Waugh. I’m going to tell you a story about music in Victoria – but I’m not going to pretend that it’s anything more than a personal perspective. I think that the best stories are. My March began with launching my CD The Ashfalt & The Oval at The Spotted Mallard – a beautiful […]