Dolly Parton

It’s been many years now since my one and only interview with the one and only Dolly and it was thrilling to have this opportunity to delve into her current music, movies, attitude, milestones, projects and life. There is nobody like her. She is warm, big-hearted, funny, charming and the undisputed queen of the quotable […]

Brian Young

By Luke Austen. Searching my heart, it is difficult to find words to do justice to this World Champion rodeo rider, stockman, drover, songwriter and all round showman, who learned his trade with The Rick and Thel Carey Show, and would persist to ultimately become the last of the travelling showman. I can only tell […]

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley, pioneering bluegrass musician and one of the principal remaining links to the origins of traditional American music, died June 23rd at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia due to complications from skin cancer. Stanley was 89.    A venerated long-standing stalwart loved by the bluegrass community, in the 1990s he found unexpected new […]

Amber Lawrence

I caught up with the delightful Amber Lawrence – ‘caught’ being the operative word, as she’s always on stage or on a plane – to talk about her fifth studio album, hot on the heels of her magical kids record that Luke O’Shea previewed in last issue of Country Update. DT: Two albums in just […]


Greetings! Our cover and lead story this issue are in tribute to an unsurpassed legend who has entertained and given us music for decades – for many of us throughout our lives if you’re a baby boomer like me. I clearly recall the outrage of the oldies when some ‘radical’ band broke into ‘Okie from […]

Keith Urban

Keith Urban – Descending Down Under One of music’s most innovative, progressive artists, Keith’s creativity only moves forward – After collaborating with a sweeping crop of writers and producers for 2013’s Fuse, and its resulting four US No. 1 hits, the renowned guitarist figured his next project would be much easier, because, he reasons, “I’d […]

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton – If He’s Honest Never coy in courting or countering controversy Shelton rarely hides what he thinks in any politically correct fug of subterfuge. Twice a week he’s quoted on an irate or amusing outburst in defence of a friend, slamming some showbiz sham or ripping into the rumour mill. Most recently he […]