Troy Cassar-Daley

“I don’t ever remember feeling down or worried because there was always another gig around the corner somewhere that would help pay for my next musical adventure and more petrol! “Music was my whole life. There were cars, girls, surfboards and mates in the mix – but nothing ever distracted me for very long away […]

Pistol Annies

The Pistol Annies never schedule or regulate a new album. Friendship and a love of strong stuff (country music, men, good times) is the currency that bonds songwriter/artists Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley; the records happen when the time is right. “The universe tells us when it’s time,” offers the dark-headed Presley. Monroe […]

Morgan Evans

When you get hired, you might raise a toast. When you get fired, you may chug a beer or something stronger to drown your sorrows. Celebrate a birthday, wedding, anniversary, anything – and tradition dictates it be done glass in hand. But how to celebrate when you achieve U.S. country chart domination? Well, when you’re […]

Brandy Clark

When the line-up for CMC Rocks Qld was announced last month I was both surprised and delighted to see probably the most progressive female working in country music in Nashville currently in Ashley McBryde and the super-savvy songwriter performer Brandy Clark of whose work I am a committed fan. Country Update spoke to Ashley McBryde […]

Clare Bowen

Touring her homeland and sharing her debut album with fans was as much a delight for Clare Bowen as it was for her fans – she has always been the very best kind of storyteller. The Australian actress and musician began accumulating her devoted fan base via her early appearances on iconic Aussie TV shows […]

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 […]