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 […]

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 […]

O’Shea

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!”) […]

ISSUE 81

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 […]