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, […]

ISSUE 81

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 […]

Kristy Cox

Kristy Cox – The Universal Language Of Bluegrass By Gareth Hipwell Even beyond their similar topographies, the red clay foothills of East Tennessean Appalachia are perhaps not so far removed from the grassy, granite slopes of the Adelaide Hills. After all, South Australia’s prize wine country with its dusky bluegums (in place of Kentucky bluegrass), […]

Michael Waugh

Michael Waugh – Where We Might Be By Denise Torenbeek Recently, Allan Caswell conducted a songwriting workshop in Theebine – a little local village near me. I joined Alan and Marion at the pub for dinner, and as you might expect, the conversation was heavily biased to all things songwriting. Alan asked have I heard […]