Adam Brand

Although the multi-award winning Perth born singer-songwriter doesn’t have his own line of Tequila and cheese burgers he can serve up a nice liqueur if you’re passing by Brandy’s in Palmer Street, Townsville. “It’s a pizza-pasta restaurant,” Brand, 44, told Country Update on the eve of the launch of My Side Of The Street. “I’ve […]

The McClymonts

The writer first encountered the songs of Grafton sisters The McClymonts in 2010, approaching the group exactly as might be expected of a 23-year old punk fan having–at that stage–little more than a passing interest in country music. But something shifted in my outlook a couple of tracks into Chaos & Bright Lights that I […]

Rodney Crowell

Crowell has said that in the genetic mingling of his articulate, word-loving mother and his volatile, country musician father, he believes he was born to write songs. The best songwriters reveal themselves as vulnerable visceral human beings who’ve been scared, scarred and small just like the rest of us. Their candour and transparency of soul […]

Harmony James

Harmony James blew onto the scene in 2006 on a column of hot desert air. Her debut single ‘Tailwind’ took out first prize in the country category of the International Songwriting Competition, winning the singer enduring industry attention in the process. A self-titled EP, hit single ‘Somebody Stole My Horse’, and breathtaking full-length debut Tailwind […]


A handful of you might recognise a shift in bluegrass music where overqualified musicians from other worlds are joining our ranks (even actors/comedians like Steve Martin, Ed Helms & John C Reily) – and sticking around! Our own current band members Jacob McGuffie and Louis Gill have done the jazz course at the Victorian College […]


Set in the Depression-era American South, the Coen Brothers’ celebrated caper O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) is one of those rare, two-headed beasts: a film that is at least as worthy of attention for its score as it is for its cinematic charms. The official motion picture soundtrack to the film was, and remains, […]

Issue 72

Hi and welcome to the New Year and a big bunch of new stuff! We’re all a little deferential here at present with the amount of new Golden Guitars that came home from Tamworth with our hitherto humble writers… no less than four GGs between them for Luke OShea, Lachlan Bryan and Pete Denahy – […]

Luke O’Shea

With his trademark earth-brown fedora, perpetual crooked grin, and five o’clock shadow, Luke O’Shea is a fitting heir to the bush troubadours of centuries past. The punter can almost taste the dust and haze of eucalyptus oil that hang so vibrantly in the singer’s imagination. O’Shea is poised to release his fifth LP, Sing You […]

Robert Ellis

Small Town Chemical Plants and Houston Honky Tonks – The Texas education of Robert Ellis The solitary figure of the eternal jouneyman has long been a fixture on the Texas country scene. From Townes Van Zandt to Nanci Griffith, the archetypal Texan singer-songwriter combines itchy feet with soulful songwriting sensibilities. The Lone Star State’s own […]

Adam Eckersley Band

The Adam Eckersley Band exuded confidence from their entering the Wests Diggers stage and the six-member outfit continued tightly wound and highly polished across the full ninety minutes of their set. Opening with the Golden Guitar-nominated, CMC hit ‘Long Enough to Disappear’, Eckersley and band were clearly deserving of this, their first ticketed show at […]

Kellie Pickler

Dancing With The Stars winner and reality rooted country singer-songwriter Kellie Picker has a pedigree that decrees she won’t back down in a showdown. The North Carolina born belle has mean genes in the female side of her ancestry. Although her mother abandoned her as an infant and her dad Bo spent plenty of time […]

Phil Everly

Phil Everly was born to folk and country music singers Ike and Margaret Everly on Jan. 19, 1939, in Chicago, two years after his older brother. As the sons of country and western singers, they had been performing since they were ‘knee-high to grasshoppers’ and were the most country-oriented of the early rock giants.  The […]