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 […]

Dolly Parton

BLUE SMOKE TOUR – WELCOME BACK DOLLY “I can talk fast, so we can cover a lot of ground,” said iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and global treasure, Dolly Parton, at the get-go of a ten minute interview. She sounded in great form in spite of a car accident she’d been involved in that morning. […]

Country Update: Issue 70

Issue 70 looks at the legacy of Slim Dusty a decade since his passing, and has feature articles and one-on-ones with Alan Jackson, Sara Storer, Chris Young,Dianna Corcoran, Charlie Pride, John Williamson, Beccy Cole, Adam Brand, Jasmine Rae, Luke Bryan, Aleyce Simmonds, Harmony James, Ashleigh Dallas and many more! Tour & Festival news and CD Reviews from both top and bottom of the world – the world of country music!!

Luke Bryan: Crash My Party

2013 is one continuous party for US country sensation, Luke Bryan. The thirty- seven year old – possessing what has been termed a ‘frat boy/farm boy persona’ – has two album releases; March’s Spring Break…Here to Party and August’s Crash My Party. In April he used his abundant charm and cheeky smile to gatecrash the Academy of Country Music Awards, debuting the ‘Crash My Party’ single while co-hosting the event.

Dianna Corcoran: What the World Needs Now

Well, as kids you all play in the sand pit together and at times it can get pretty rough in there – big kids, little kids, bullies and sand fights are all just part of the norm and you either toughen up or get out! However, over time you find that there are those special little children who just plug away each day through the chaos because quite simply, they love it – building up those sand castles regardless of pitfalls and potential devastation.