Issue 85 – OUT NOW!

GREETINGS! Firstly let me welcome Chris Matthews as a new columnist bringing the top end of WA’s Kimberley region alive for readers. Chris is resident muso at El Questro for the winter months and presently on a ‘singing odyssey’ with Luke O’Shea touring the coast of WA from bottom to top. A stack of excellent […]

Chris Stapleton

By Denise Torenbeek The broad strokes of Chris Stapleton’s story have long since been transformed into contemporary country-music mythology. A veteran songwriter who spent 15 years writing for bros (Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett), traditionalists (George Strait, Alison Krauss), and the most popular singer in the world (Adele), Stapleton finally stepped out on his own with […]

Caitlyn Shadbolt

By Mikaela Bella Songwriters take note: if ever you experience a deficit of inspiration you can always mosey on over to Bali. It worked a treat for Caitlyn Shadbolt, who penned the twelve tracks on her delightful debut album Songs On My Sleeve while jet setting between three continents and four cities (with Nashville, Sydney […]

Zac Brown Band

By Gareth Hipwell This is the most personal album we’ve ever done and we’re very proud of it. Welcome home,” says Zac Brown of Welcome Home, the fifth major label outing for the tireless juggernaut that is the 8-piece Zac Brown Band. Representing a marked softening in both sound and thematic thrust after the kaleidoscopic […]

Brad Paisley

By Denise Torenbeek I was beginning to fret that this long-awaited record would never see the light of day, as for several issues I’ve had it slated for the lead story only to learn it would be postponed to a future date. Nought for it but to wait patiently and trust it was a case of […]

Jimmy Webb

By Kim Cheshire It’s been nearly 20 years since master songwriter Jimmy Web visited Australia promoting his book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting. I caught him at Sydney’s Basement along with many of Australia’s top songwriters, music publishers and fans. The book although semi autobiographical was more a tutorial than a personal bio and […]

The McClymonts

As is the case in almost any timeworn township of regional Australia, the picturesque surroundings of Grafton in the northern NSW hinterland hold a special significance for the denizens of the city’s shady streets decked out in clouds of purple blossom. Australia’s own Jacaranda Capital is hometown and heartland for Brooke, Mollie and Sam McClymont […]

Kasey Chambers

For the artist at the peak of his or her creative powers, all that remains is to go bigger. The creator’s urge to pan out to widescreen in the pursuit of epic grandeur has yielded some towering opuses over the years – from Tolstoy’s colossal War & Peace to our own Tom Roberts’ celebrated large-scale […]

Dixie Chicks

Eager music lovers snapped up tickets to Dixie Chicks’ first Melbourne show in record time, with the band’s April Fools Day Rod Laver Arena show completely selling out within fifteen minutes, making it the fastest-selling Dixie Chicks show in Australia ever. Returning in 2017 for the first time in more than ten years, the Dixie […]

Luke Bryan

Long lauded as being the pinnacle of the country music hierarchy and adorned with every award available, there is no hint of superstardom having disconnected two-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, from his roots and an ordinary homelife common to all. There is a straight forward humility and humanity about the farm boy from […]

Sunny Cowgirls

Setting out to catch up on what’s been going on in the life of the Sunny Cowgirls, Sophie and Celeste, on the eve of their new album, Here We Go, being released, I discovered there have been some dramatic life changes and one especially exciting little detail in the not far-off future. Sophie – “Yes, […]