JESS MOSKALUKE PAST THE PAST

Acclaimed in 2017 as the first female Canadian country artist since Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with ‘Cheap Wine and Cigarettes’), she has achieved three Top 10 hits with ‘Kiss Me Quiet’, ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘Drive Me Away.’ Crowned the 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year, Moskaluke is […]

DAVID LEE MURPHY NO ZIP CODE

When his Kenny Chesney collaboration ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ hit No. 1 in June, it was the first time Murphy had occupied its top slot in more than 22 years, the second-longest gap at No. 1 in the chart’s history. It’s not that Murphy retired after ‘Dust on the Bottle’ peaked in 1995. He amassed […]

DAN + SHAY SELF TITLED

With athletic vocals and a knack for writing expressive songs with strong melodies that resonate with young fans, Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) stand out as a leading duo in the current pantheon of US pop-country proponents – albeit in a less rowdy, subtler style than harder edged rivals. ‘Tequila’ is a […]

BETH NEILSEN CHAPMAN HEARTS OF GLASS

Chapman’s first release since her 2016 induction into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Hearts of Glass is a collection of songs about vulnerability and strength, which includes several new compositions and a few striking versions of rediscovered songs. Riveting and sparse, these songs, like the heart, traverse the delicate line between vulnerability and strength. Hearts […]

LERA LYNN PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

With three solo albums to her credit, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lera Lynn brings this new release that more than speaks to the power of collaboration. She’s collaborated before on songwriting with T-Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash, and here, Lynn has purposefully taken collaboration to the nth degree. On Plays Well, Lynn, teams up with eight different […]

BOBBY WILLS IN COMES THE NIGHT

Introducing Bobby Wills! While well known in his home market of Canada, Bobby is now on ABC Music for Aust. But coincidentally Bobby’s musical journey started here. Following a spontaneous dare while traveling in Australia, the course of Wills’ life literally changed forever.  “We were at an open mic night and my buddy bet me […]

ALBERT LEE LIVE AT THE IRIDIUM

Ahead of Albert Lee’s extensive Australian tour and appearances at the Gympie Muster, Melbourne Guitar Show and both the Adelaide and Sydney Guitar Festivals, comes a new live album from the man Eric Clapton has called ‘the greatest guitarist in the world. The ultimate virtuoso.’ Albert Lee is “the guitar player’s guitar player,” universally recognized […]

DAWN LANDES MEET ME AT THE RIVER

Landes is one of the most fearlessly innovative musicians working today, but this 12 song collection results from an unexpected partnership with Nashville legend Fred Foster, (Roy Orbison’s ‘Pretty Woman,’ Dolly Parton’s debut album & co-wrote ‘Me & Bobby McGee’) Despite shaping up as something of a musical odd couple, Landes and Foster bring the […]

SHAKEY GRAVES CAN’T WAKE UP

As an evolution from his 2014 release And The War Came, which scored him Best Emerging Artist at the 2015 Americana Music Awards, this new album harnesses a revelatory sound that ascends to new genres for the artist. “This record is the most I’ve ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of […]

CODY JINKS LIFERS

Jinks is an enigma to me – he brings all the sounds and all the feels but still fails to sell me somehow. Lifers – 8th album from the thrash-metal act turned indie-country outlaw – chugs along with a martial, and somewhat sinister, focus. Lead single ‘Must Be The Whisky’ gave no new spin on […]

JAMIE MCDELL EXTRAORDINARY GIRL

Extraordinary Girl is an instant standout as a well-crafted country album. The style and delivery is broad and masterful, ranging from the bone deep conviction of a Patty Loveless to the chugging drive of the Dixie Chicks, swathed in soul, intelligent lyrics, provocative topics and beautifully nuanced vocals. NZ native Jamie McDell draws inspiration from […]