Issue 72

Hi and welcome to the New Year and a big bunch of new stuff! We’re all a little deferential here at present with the amount of new Golden Guitars that came home from Tamworth with our hitherto humble writers… no less than four GGs between them for Luke OShea, Lachlan Bryan and Pete Denahy – […]

Luke O’Shea

With his trademark earth-brown fedora, perpetual crooked grin, and five o’clock shadow, Luke O’Shea is a fitting heir to the bush troubadours of centuries past. The punter can almost taste the dust and haze of eucalyptus oil that hang so vibrantly in the singer’s imagination. O’Shea is poised to release his fifth LP, Sing You […]

Robert Ellis

Small Town Chemical Plants and Houston Honky Tonks – The Texas education of Robert Ellis The solitary figure of the eternal jouneyman has long been a fixture on the Texas country scene. From Townes Van Zandt to Nanci Griffith, the archetypal Texan singer-songwriter combines itchy feet with soulful songwriting sensibilities. The Lone Star State’s own […]

Adam Eckersley Band

The Adam Eckersley Band exuded confidence from their entering the Wests Diggers stage and the six-member outfit continued tightly wound and highly polished across the full ninety minutes of their set. Opening with the Golden Guitar-nominated, CMC hit ‘Long Enough to Disappear’, Eckersley and band were clearly deserving of this, their first ticketed show at […]

Kellie Pickler

Dancing With The Stars winner and reality rooted country singer-songwriter Kellie Picker has a pedigree that decrees she won’t back down in a showdown. The North Carolina born belle has mean genes in the female side of her ancestry. Although her mother abandoned her as an infant and her dad Bo spent plenty of time […]

Phil Everly

Phil Everly was born to folk and country music singers Ike and Margaret Everly on Jan. 19, 1939, in Chicago, two years after his older brother. As the sons of country and western singers, they had been performing since they were ‘knee-high to grasshoppers’ and were the most country-oriented of the early rock giants.  The […]

Bluegrass Truth

With Hamish & Lachlan Davidson One of the finest bluegrass guitarists of all time, Bryan Sutton, is about to release his fifth solo record on the Sugar Hill label. Into My Own (available April 29) is said to be an album that only Bryan could make.  It presents Bryan as an artist who’s worked his […]

Country In The Convict Capital: Sydney

With Gareth Hipwell At the global level, the postwar years saw the meteoric rise of both the mass-commercial intercontinental passenger flight and the intercontinental ballistic missile. While the first of these innovations brought American superstars of the rock, pop and country variety to Australian shores for the first time, the second served only to expand […]

Country Update: Issue 71

  Congratulations to all the finalists for Golden Guitar awards, and especially our own ‘crew’ Luke O’Shea, Lachlan Bryan and Pete Denahy who have quite a haul between them! Well done and well deserved! So t’is the Season of Santa and you will find a multitude of options inside for stocking-fillers with tickets to concerts […]

McAlister Kemp

Fight me, leave them alone, they didn’t do a thing,  They did nothing wrong/ fight me, yeah you’re not that tough/  I’m not scared anymore and I’ve had enough/  No I won’t stand here, let you hit my friends and watch them bleed. Fight Me – Drew McAlister & Troy Kemp   Blue Mountains singer-songwriter […]

Keith Urban

Rarely is there a bad word penned about Keith Urban. Delving into the backstory of Australia’s own country mega-star is uniquely instructive in the nature of the “beast” that is commercial musical success. In this regard, Urban’s enviable media presence is especially telling. It seems the true measure of Urban’s star lies not in his […]

Cowboy Jack Clement

THE LAST COWBOY SONG “My cowdaddy always said he wanted to be ‘blown up’ after he died and he wanted all his friends to be there and say, ‘There He Goes’” Alison Clement remarked as she and brother Niles Clement spread some of Cowboy Jack Clement’s ashes in the creek behind his Belmont Boulevard home/office. The […]