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 […]

Catherine Britt

From Newcastle to Nashville, Catherine made the move to the home of country music at just 17 years old. It proved to be a brave decision that gave her immeasurable experience as a musician, insight into the workings of the industry and a contract with the iconic RCA Records. When you look at modern country […]

Kacey Musgraves

To those eager to apply a rebel narrative to an artist pushing country music’s buttons and testing its’ boundaries, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter’s cheekiness and campy, Instagram-friendly way she interpreted the cowgirl costuming of her musical Texas youth has held quite the appeal. Due credit should also be attributed to the input of equally militant and […]

Willie Nelson

Willie doesn’t want to be the last man standing, he declares on the title track of this new album, made up of eleven original co-writes with producer Buddy Cannon. After a moment’s consideration, he adds: “On second thought, maybe I do.” The song is a wry concession to an overshadowing truth that accompanies Willie Nelson […]