ISSUE 77 – OUT NOW!

It is a relief to welcome the cooler months and less volatile weather after the recent havoc of floods in both NSW and SE QLD. I was on site for the utter chaos caused by a 270mm deluge in one hour and twenty minutes at Caboolture the first weekend of May, and never want to […]

Being Reba

Being Reba isn’t a one-dimensional job. She’s a country music icon, a movie, TV and Broadway veteran, the face of her own fashion and manchester brand and a newly launched cosmetics line…she even has a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Being Reba is a whole industry, and she’s not afraid to get hands-on or to get […]

Zac Brown

It’s a fair bet that, for the throngs of punters who braved the ever-present threat of rain to catch Zac Brown Band’s headlining set at Bluesfest in the Byron Bay hinterland this March, the Georgia act’s clear devotion to all things sand and surf was the defining feature of their set. Guest appearances from both […]

CHRIS STAPLETON

I can’t recall this much commentary and expectancy surrounding an album release, much less from a technically ‘debut’ solo artist! There must be a million words printed across entertainment related publications and blogs recently re Traveller, and it would be superfluous of me to attempt to do more than whet your curiosity, because all you […]

Kacey Musgraves

Much-decorated, uniquely incisive, and all but universally celebrated, here as abroad, Texas’ Kacey Musgraves paid her first visit to Australian shores to appear at CMC Rocks QLD in March. For Sydney fans, the singer’s Australian sojourn culminated in an intimate show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory with support from local country-roots lynchpin Shane Nicholson.  Musgraves’ […]

CATHERINE BRITT

While diffuse, creeping despair undeniably pervades much of Catherine Britt’s sixth studio outing Boneshaker, Britt is, by her own admission, a patently happy woman. Recently engaged, the Newcastle local has just marked twelve-months with new label and nascent roots tastemaker Lost Highway Australia. True to form, Britt has elected to celebrate both milestones with a […]

Bluegrass Truth

By Lachlan & Hamish Davidson The acoustic music revival across Australia is showing solid growth and it is dissolving the boundaries between Bluegrass, Americana, Alternative-Country and Traditional Country. It is becoming increasingly common to walk into a bar on Sydney Road (Melbourne) or in places like Fitzroy (Melb), Collingwood (Melb), Annandale (Syd) or Newtown (Syd) […]

WHO

SIMON & TAMMY LONDON Hailing from the south coast of WA, Simon and Tammy have made isolation work for them. Their debut CD Dont Leave No Light On For Me was mostly written and recorded wherever their hats were hung at the time – in a tiny Swedish apartment, a caravan, bedrooms and back rooms […]

ROOTS & ALL

By Kim Cheshire Highlights from Bluesfest 2015 After my personal ordeal following last year’s Bluesfest that saw me carted away in an ambulance suffering from a heart attack about a week after the festival, I was unsurprisingly a little cautious about returning for what must be about my twentieth festival. Of course I don’t hold […]