Issue 88 OUT NOW!

Greetings! Welcome to another year in country music and after the frivolity and fanfare of Tamworth we get down to what’s coming for the rest of 2018 and there is plenty – with new albums, new festivals, existing festivals and tours galore. In this role I am often fascinated by how recurring themes insert themselves […]

The Wolfe Brothers

‘Round here we get high on that Cascade blue – start throwin’ ‘em back when there ain’t much to do,’ sings Nick Wolfe at the outset of soaring anthem ‘Ain’t Seen It Yet’ – the first track and lead single lifted from the Wolfe Brothers’ towering fourth studio album, Country Heart. In case there was […]

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Surprisingly later rather than sooner, after sharing tours, hits and a 21-year marriage, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have finally released a duets album. The twelve collaborative tracks deliver enchanting romance in boundless depth with the richest male and female harmonies country music has produced in ages. The content is on point – territory you […]

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

‘Now it’s raining on the Hawkesbury, it’s slippery on the road, and she’s dialling up another song he doesn’t know. Some girls quite like country music, but that’s not so common now…’ So sings Lachlan Bryan on ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Middle Aged Man’, the second track of Bryan and band the […]

Andrew Swift

Caravanning is fast becoming a routine incident of the Australian country circuit: to wit, Country Update favourites Luke O’Shea and Fanny Lumsden have each been enthusiastic proponents of caravan touring in recent years – Lumsden and husband Dan Stanley Freeman crisscrossing the landscape in their own soon-to-be-iconic Millard caravan with the Fans and Dan Van […]

Deep Down South

With Gretta Ziller. Hello readers! I’m writing this article on my first Sunday back in Melbourne after the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and I must say the only thing that has eased the post Tamworth blues that we all experience, is coming back to a perfect Melbourne summer! For those that don’t know what that […]


“What saves you in the battle / Can kill you at home,” sings Gauthier on ‘Soldering On,’ mixing electric guitar and fiddle harmonies to create a sound that modernizes folk music while paying tribute to its history. This is how the 55-year-old folk singer opens this collaboration with SongwritingWith:Soldiers, an initiative that helps veterans process […]


This is a work that takes the true diarised story of Charlie Gaunt, the Durack family and an epic droving trip of more than two years of unrelenting deprivation – from western Qld to the Kimberley, nearly 5000 ks, in the 1880’s  – and upholsters it with fiction, recreating a genesis of Australia’s pastoral history. […]