Lady Antebellum

For a band like Lady Antebellum – the multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy winning country trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott – the metaphor of life as an ocean comes naturally.  After more than a decade in the spotlight, they’ve ridden its’ waves and weathered its’ storms, learning just how easily it can swallow […]

Luke Combs

“People always ask me ‘what’s the secret?’” Luke said. “If I knew what it was, I would be bottling it and selling it instead of what I’m doing now – I would be trying to mass produce whatever it is!”  Luke’s humility and dedication to improving his craft has caught the attention of not only […]

Aleyce Simmonds

P ort Macquarie-born, Tamworth-based Aleyce Simmonds has tasted more than her share of triumphs and tribulations since claiming the Telstra Road to Tamworth title in 2004, at the tender age of 17.  In the decade-and-a-half since, Simmonds’ tireless commitment to her art and craft has led her from strength to strength across three albums and […]

Luke O’Shea

What’s that old gag? How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans. Three years ago Luke O’Shea began work on his eighth studio album, hot on the heels of Sing You Up and Caught Up In The Dreaming.  The Universe had other plans. Instead of donning the ‘mantle of successful superstar’ selling squillions […]

Issue 78 – OUT NOW!

Greetings! I am sure everyone is looking forward to thawing out with the onset of Spring as I am! Always my favourite time of year with a string of festivals ahead in future months – check them out in Festivals/Events section. The Gympie Muster is first off the rank, followed by Mildura, Deni Ute Muster […]

Lee Kernaghan

By Gareth Hipwell. Musing On Milestones & A Massive 2015 In addition to the publication of his first memoir Boy from the Bush: These are My Stories, These are My Songs earlier this year, Lee Kernaghan took the charts by storm in recent weeks with the release of his latest studio album, Spirit of the […]

Alan Jackson

By Denise Torenbeek. Angels & Alcohol… With the retirement of George Strait from touring last year, Alan Jackson stands alone and aloft as premier elder statesman and standard bearer for traditional country, and it seems ‘Heavenly intervention’ was instrumental in the birth of this album. Alan says the last letter the other George – George […]

Adam Eckersley Band

By Gareth Hipwell. Take To The Shed, Go Big With The Second Album East Coast outfit Adam Eckersley Band occupies a very necessary, yet oft-neglected, space in the local country scene, serving up robust slabs of Southern-influenced rock, tailor-made for open-air stages, car stereos, and vintage speaker-sets alike. A phenomenally tight collective of musicians’ musicians […]

Laura Bell Bundy

By Denise Torenbeek. Another Piece Of Me… It is a rare treat when an interview with an artist turns out to be a delightful, laugh-out-loud interlude like my recent chat with the very funny, bubbly-as-Barossa champagne, Laura Bell Bundy. I was an early sceptic re Laura Bell Bundy’s music. Reading her advance bio re childhood […]

Ashleigh Dallas

By Girard Dorney Country Music Family & Home. The bent and myths of most musical genres stress individuality. Rock stars evolved out of the blues, so they’re solitary men (and they are almost always men), playing the part of an outsider. The convention follows that your family, if you have one, is your band. Pop […]