Country Update: Issue 71

  Congratulations to all the finalists for Golden Guitar awards, and especially our own ‘crew’ Luke O’Shea, Lachlan Bryan and Pete Denahy who have quite a haul between them! Well done and well deserved! So t’is the Season of Santa and you will find a multitude of options inside for stocking-fillers with tickets to concerts […]

McAlister Kemp

Fight me, leave them alone, they didn’t do a thing,  They did nothing wrong/ fight me, yeah you’re not that tough/  I’m not scared anymore and I’ve had enough/  No I won’t stand here, let you hit my friends and watch them bleed. Fight Me – Drew McAlister & Troy Kemp   Blue Mountains singer-songwriter […]

Keith Urban

Rarely is there a bad word penned about Keith Urban. Delving into the backstory of Australia’s own country mega-star is uniquely instructive in the nature of the “beast” that is commercial musical success. In this regard, Urban’s enviable media presence is especially telling. It seems the true measure of Urban’s star lies not in his […]

Cowboy Jack Clement

THE LAST COWBOY SONG “My cowdaddy always said he wanted to be ‘blown up’ after he died and he wanted all his friends to be there and say, ‘There He Goes’” Alison Clement remarked as she and brother Niles Clement spread some of Cowboy Jack Clement’s ashes in the creek behind his Belmont Boulevard home/office. The […]

Dolly Parton

BLUE SMOKE TOUR – WELCOME BACK DOLLY “I can talk fast, so we can cover a lot of ground,” said iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and global treasure, Dolly Parton, at the get-go of a ten minute interview. She sounded in great form in spite of a car accident she’d been involved in that morning. […]