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 […]

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 […]