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 […]


Greetings! Our cover and lead story this issue are in tribute to an unsurpassed legend who has entertained and given us music for decades – for many of us throughout our lives if you’re a baby boomer like me. I clearly recall the outrage of the oldies when some ‘radical’ band broke into ‘Okie from […]

Keith Urban

Keith Urban – Descending Down Under One of music’s most innovative, progressive artists, Keith’s creativity only moves forward – After collaborating with a sweeping crop of writers and producers for 2013’s Fuse, and its resulting four US No. 1 hits, the renowned guitarist figured his next project would be much easier, because, he reasons, “I’d […]

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton – If He’s Honest Never coy in courting or countering controversy Shelton rarely hides what he thinks in any politically correct fug of subterfuge. Twice a week he’s quoted on an irate or amusing outburst in defence of a friend, slamming some showbiz sham or ripping into the rumour mill. Most recently he […]

Kristy Cox

Kristy Cox – The Universal Language Of Bluegrass By Gareth Hipwell Even beyond their similar topographies, the red clay foothills of East Tennessean Appalachia are perhaps not so far removed from the grassy, granite slopes of the Adelaide Hills. After all, South Australia’s prize wine country with its dusky bluegums (in place of Kentucky bluegrass), […]

Michael Waugh

Michael Waugh – Where We Might Be By Denise Torenbeek Recently, Allan Caswell conducted a songwriting workshop in Theebine – a little local village near me. I joined Alan and Marion at the pub for dinner, and as you might expect, the conversation was heavily biased to all things songwriting. Alan asked have I heard […]