DIERKS BENTLEY THE MOUNTAIN

Bentley has a well-known love of bluegrass inc his bluegrass-inspired album Up on the Ridge in 2010. He has now scaled heights anew to conquer The Mountain. The Colorado ski town of Telluride, home to a storied progressive bluegrass festival, inspired a freewheeling process spiked by returning with six of his favourite “Telluwriters” to imbue […]

CHARLIE WORSHAM THE BEGINNING OF THINGS

First single ‘Old Times’ Sake’ is a pretty good standard bearer for the superiority it heralds – rhythmic soul, classic licks and solid story-telling. It is cool, confident and idiosyncratic. Worsham seemed slightly over-polished on his 2013 debut Rubberband, so this clever, quirky collection comes as a welcome surprise. Worsham still indulges in studio slickness […]

MEGAN COOPER WILD MOUNTAIN

Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Megan Cooper turned heads with stunningly poised 2013 debut Ghosts, Choirs & Kings. Since then, Cooper has done anything but bide her time, performing tirelessly while assembling the songs that comprise breathtaking sophomore outing Wild Mountain. Re-enlisting producer Michael Muchow (Hillbilly Killers), Cooper assembled players including bassist Ben Conicella (Bill Chambers), Danny Widdicombe […]

WADE BOWEN SOLID GROUND

Texan singer-songwriter Wade Bowen may not be a name you recognize but he’s an artist that’s worked from the ground up to nurture a strong following. Solid Ground is free from gimmicks and trend-roping, concentrating instead on crafting an artistically rich collection of songs. With co-writes from the likes of Andrew Combs, Charlie Worsham and […]

BLACKBERRY SMOKE FIND A LIGHT

“Blackberry Smoke is part of a lineage that shares a love of Petty, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr., able to ride an Americana vibe or peel off a stomping riff and tie it all together without a hint of pretense.” – Rolling Stone stated of this set that runs a […]

MICHAEL RAY AMOS

Named in honour of Ray’s grandfather, who passed away just two months prior to Ray’s Grand Ole Opry debut, who inspired Ray’s passion for music, having invited him to play with the family band from the age of just nine years old and ultimately shaping him into the musician and man he is today. Ray’s […]

SHANNON McNALLY BLACK IRISH

This will make you dance, break your heart, and save your soul. Recorded in Nashville, but its ‘heart’ home is where Memphis meets Mississippi. The primary colours of American music are black and white, and Black Irish displays that hybrid in many shades, mixing country, blues, soul, rock, folk balladry and classic pop. Black Irish […]

JOHN FLANAGHAN TRIO HONEST MAN

Songwriter extraordinaire, John Flanagan, charismatic double bass player Liz Frencham and virtuoso guitar and mandolin picker Daniel Watkins have created this tour de force, and with thoughtful arrangements and warm vocal harmonies it captures a live energy with sparkling spontaneity. The engaging, moving and at times humorous lyrics zigzag from local to universal themes: a […]

JASON ALDEAN REARVIEW TOWN

Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean brings his ferociously confident eighth studio album Rearview Town joining forces with longtime producer Michael Knox, the risks and their rewards electrify the 15 new tracks snaking between stadium-sized guitar anthems, heartfelt country minimalism and hip-hop swagger. “It’s about putting things behind you…things that have held you […]

Bluegrass Truth

Each time we write this column it seems we’ve met more young bluegrass musicians in Australia which is a momentous turnaround from when we were starting out in the mid-90’s. The most exciting news for us right now is that the Davidson Brothers have been selected as an Official IBMA Showcase Act at the World […]

Deep Down South

With Michael Waugh. I’m going to tell you a story about music in Victoria – but I’m not going to pretend that it’s anything more than a personal perspective. I think that the best stories are. My March began with launching my CD The Ashfalt & The Oval at The Spotted Mallard – a beautiful […]