ISSUE 75

Hi! The big story for the end of 2014 is definitely the return of Garth with a new album and hopefully tour dates announced shortly for Aust fans to anticipate. Other fabulous releases abound with Melinda and Beccy teaming up to bring their tribute to legendary women of country, OShea’s exquisite new offering, and a […]

GARTH BROOKS

By Denise Torenbeek “Music has always been a reflection of where mankind is at the time. For 14 years, I have watched heart and soul, dreams and individualism, fighting for their very existence in a world of increasing technology.  This album is a reminder to all those who dream, work, and fight for what they […]

O’SHEA

The Famine & The Feast (out 16 January 2015) is the third towering studio release from Australian husband and wife duo, O’Shea – severally Mark and Jay. In a world in which the recording artist must live or die by the single, O’Shea have arrived at a simple though exacting modus operandi: stack each album, […]

BLAKE SHELTON

What differentiates the stars from the hoi-polloi? Blake Shelton recently tweeted that he believes there’s a big difference at the “cellular” level: “I’m so famous my phone continuously asks me for my current location – just because it worries about me. Bitch…” Blake Shelton is many things. He is left of centre but flat bang […]

LUCINDA WILLIAMS

We actually recorded over thirty tracks,’ Lucinda tells me, “so we already have enough songs for another album after this one! I guess having more experience with writing and everything, I’ve gotten more confident. I’m more prolific now than I’ve ever been!” In terms of personnel, too, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is […]

MELINDA & BECCY

It was with a smidgin of trepidation I approached this project, as I read the track list first and gulped, immediately thinking, ‘Oh dear, that’s a list of songs I’ve heard murdered at talent quests six ways to Sunday for four decades… and I am not sure I want to hear them again EVER.” However, […]

WHO: EMERGING TALENT

CASEY BARNES Casey’s music has made an impact around the world. He’s had hits in Europe, written songs in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia, and played alongside many international stars. Casey’s Flesh & Bone EP, was recorded in Nashville, produced by Rick Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning. […]

DEEP DOWN SOUTH: MELBOURNE

By Lachlan Bryan When I first began writing for Country Update, I’d just returned from a whirlwind trip to the USA (my first as a musician, though I’d been a couple of times before as a tourist).  Now, almost three years later, I find myself again at the tail-end of a US visit, and again […]

COUNTRY IN THE CONVICT CAPITAL: SYDNEY

By Gareth Hipwell. “Support the support,” was the masthead and catch-cry of a recent live music campaign spearheaded by local winemaker – and long-time arts supporter – Cake Wines. The sole purpose of the initiative was to encourage concertgoers to arrive at gigs in time to enjoy the opening acts, thereby fostering support for upcoming […]

BLUEGRASS TRUTH

By Hamish & Lachlan Davidson A good place to start this column about the finest music in the world might be to talk about the winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Album of the Year, Noam Pikelny. Also crowned Banjo Player of the Year this year by IBMA, Pikelny’s new album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny […]