Issue 90 – Out Now!

Greetings! As I write this, a couple of weeks from the onset of Spring, drought is at the forefront of media attention and on everyone’s mind with the heartbreaking and devastating situation spreading and worsening by the day. It is wonderful to see the fund-raising efforts and initiative people have brought to bear to get […]

John Williamson

In a career spanning close to 50 years, the legendary John Williamson has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in Australian song: from Jimmy Little to Sara Storer, Chad Morgan to Warren H Williams, and even the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. But with landmark 20th studio album Butcherbird, the veteran songsmith pays tribute […]

Graeme Connors

For more years than I need to enumerate, it has been my great pleasure to relish and cogitate upon each new musical work Graeme Connors brings into being…I am an unabashed fan of his dexterity with language and powers of observation – most especially of the human condition – and exploration of the multi-textured themes […]

Beccy Cole

Of all the inmates of the animal kingdom, the lioness is perhaps the most fitting spirit mascot for the indomitable Beccy Cole. From leading the pride, to directing the hunt and inducting cubs into the traffic of the world, the lioness commands her world, from the jungle to the savannah. With the year only halfway […]

Adam Harvey

Stepping inside the studio to record his 10th studio album Adam knew it could well be a once in a lifetime moment – and momentous it was. The address is 3100 Belmont Boulevard Nashville, Tennessee. Welcome to Sound Emporium Studios. A place where legends have sent their truth into the world in song since 1969. […]

Kenny Chesney

When Hurricane Irma went to Category 5, with winds over 250 miles an hour, people in the Virgin Islands braced for something they knew they’d never come up against before. When it was over, those islands, home to many, a place of refuge for the people who crave the slowed down pace and welcoming spirit, […]

Deep Down South

Melbourne-Country with Laura from the Weeping Willows Howdy Country Update readers!  Laura here, from the Weeping Willows and as I write this, I’m still a lil’ bleary-eyed and jet-lagged having just returned from a UK/Europe tour with Deep Down South’s own Golden Guitar winner, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, along with Imogen Clark (she’s not […]

Issue 89 OUT NOW!

Greetings! With the recent drop in temperature to very chilly mornings and snow and frost in some areas, it is a good thing the festival season is about to turn the heat up in earnest here in Qld. Starting with Groundwater (formerly Broadbeach) there seems to be a festival almost every weekend from now through […]

Kasey Chambers

At the height of a career that has produced a dozen albums and scores of accolades and awards, for Kasey Chambers, the memory of a mulgawood campfire still flickers vividly across time. “‘The Campfire Song’ feels like a song that’s been in my heart for my whole life, but it’s only just surfaced now,” Kasey […]

Keith Urban

“The studio to me is like a blank canvas,” Aussie superstar Keith Urban recently told Eric Westervelt of Here & Now, describing the making of expansive eleventh studio album Graffiti U. “I go in and just start flicking paint around and start building really an album from there. No preconceived idea, just creating in the […]