Issue 79



I am sure everyone is anticipating the Christmas holidays and having some wind-down time. Another hectic year is almost over and it’s time to enjoy the breakup parties and get Santa-fit with tinsel overload and wall to wall wine, song, family, festive food and frivolity.

It is our pleasure to welcome two new writers to the team with this issue – Paul McBride wrote the Luke O’Shea feature and Kahli Scott loved talking to Chelsea Basham and Caitlyn Shadbolt for their stories.

I would like to enlist your help – recently we are experiencing difficulties with people finding it impossible to purchase Country Update in newsagencies in their local area all of a sudden. This is due to the decline in profits in print media and daily news, therefore they’re refusing to retail periodicals. We are making every effort to have as many people subscribe directly as possible, that way we know they’re being taken care of, and getting their regular country fix.

If every reader could possibly introduce one new subscriber or perhaps think about giving a gift subscription to a friend or loved one it would be much appreciated.

Last issue I urged you to leave your worries behind and sail away on the Country Cruise – I took my own advice and had a wonderful relaxing time and met a host of new country music lovers and enjoyed the great company, fun and laughter so much I think I’ll go again next year!

Going again is a not uncommon outcome as most people I met were returning for their second or third Country cruise, and it really is such a break away from the everyday (as they say!) The shows were all fabulous whether in the magnificent thousand seat theatre, the plush Colony Room, Schooner Bar, or the vertigo-inducing 13 storey central atrium…and at the end of the night, no need for a designated driver! Just get in the lift and go home to bed!

Much excitement in country music at the moment with the long-awaited opening of the new Slim Dusty Centre at Kempsey happening this week, the announcement of the Golden Guitars finalists for January’s CMA Awards (see Countryline) and some very fresh new artists releasing music set to raise the bar into a bright and better future. Thank you sincerely for supporting Country Update in 2015 and we look forward to bringing you all the news again in 2016.

We here at Country Update send you our warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and safe festive season and a prosperous and peaceful New Year.

Merry Christmas, Denise

Denise Torenbeek