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 […]

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 […]


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 […]