Lady Antebellum

For a band like Lady Antebellum – the multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy winning country trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott – the metaphor of life as an ocean comes naturally.  After more than a decade in the spotlight, they’ve ridden its’ waves and weathered its’ storms, learning just how easily it can swallow […]

Luke Combs

“People always ask me ‘what’s the secret?’” Luke said. “If I knew what it was, I would be bottling it and selling it instead of what I’m doing now – I would be trying to mass produce whatever it is!”  Luke’s humility and dedication to improving his craft has caught the attention of not only […]

Aleyce Simmonds

P ort Macquarie-born, Tamworth-based Aleyce Simmonds has tasted more than her share of triumphs and tribulations since claiming the Telstra Road to Tamworth title in 2004, at the tender age of 17.  In the decade-and-a-half since, Simmonds’ tireless commitment to her art and craft has led her from strength to strength across three albums and […]

Luke O’Shea

What’s that old gag? How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans. Three years ago Luke O’Shea began work on his eighth studio album, hot on the heels of Sing You Up and Caught Up In The Dreaming.  The Universe had other plans. Instead of donning the ‘mantle of successful superstar’ selling squillions […]


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 […]

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard By Kim Cheshire So far 2016 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the world of popular music as we bid farewell to three giants of that great rock-n-roll era often referred to by us baby boomers as the golden years; David Bowie passing from cancer at 67, Prince mysteriously gone […]

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 […]