Welcome to the Spring edition of Country Update. Happily, there seems to have been an unusual surge of country-related content on the small screen lately – Graeme Connors on ABC Landline, The Voice and XFactor featuring various country hopefuls with Caitlin Shadbolt and Brothers 3 still contenders as we went to print – even Katrina […]


By Gareth Hipwell. CU: The first thing that caught my attention with Honest People is the cover art, which I see was painted by an artist called Simon McLean. What’s the story with the dobro-shaped tractor you’re riding there? It really seems to capture the span of your life so far, from your early days […]

Jim Lauderdale

Working On A Song – By Mikaella Bella – Who is Jim Lauderdale? His current resume quotes: host of the weekly Music City Roots live broadcast, radio co-host of the popular The Buddy & Jim Show and MC for the Americana Music Awards and Honors show in Nashville. He’s also a pioneer of the Americana […]


By David Dawson. Port Henry road leads to a factory, my old man worked every day/ he always dreamed of playing football, Fate didn’t see it quite that way/ and he’d say ‘son make the most of every chance that comes and goes/ don’t be sitting on the side line when the final whistle blows. […]

Gretchen Peters

Honoured by Songwriters Hall Of Fame – By Denise Torenbeek – 20 years ago, Gretchen Peters’ anthemic song ‘Independence Day’ began its’ meteoric ascension to become Martina McBride’s undisputed ‘career’ song. Its’ graphic, meticulous imagery was typical of Peters’ songs, which have included Patty Loveless’ ‘You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,’ Faith Hill’s ‘The […]


By Gareth Hipwell. Amber Lawrence has taken Spiderman’s measure and found him wanting. Iron Man, too, seems to have developed ‘feet of rust’ in the singer’s estimation. With fourth studio release Superheroes, the Sydney songbird champions more familiar, local brands of hero: from loving parents, to surf lifesavers, to headstrong Aussie teens. Musically, Superheroes is […]

JOE HENRY (extended interview)

JOE HENRY DISCUSSES HIS ART – unedited interview by Kim Cheshire I’ve long been an admirer of Jo Henry’s output ever since his 86’ debut Talk of Heaven but having only ever owned two of his thirteen albums I can hardly be classified a major fan. Having said that, there’s a lot to be championed […]

JOY MCKEAN (extended interview)

A ‘LITERARY’ CONVERSATION WITH ‘THE LADY OF THE LAND’. Joy McKean talks with Luke OShea, on her life and new book Riding This Road. Luke: Well congratulations on yet another incredible book, Riding This Road, You write so eloquently and so honestly that at times I had to remind myself to harden up. There were […]


The “concept album” format has a rich, hayseed-peppered tradition in the world of country music. Releases in this vein range from Johnny Cash’s dedication to the working class in Blood, Sweat and Tears (1963), to Kenny Rogers’ Texas cowboy opus Gideon (1980), to Miranda Lambert’s more recent Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007). But few can match the […]


Dean Perrett has been in Nashville again cutting some great music. He cut two records on this trip, one being a bush ballad album, and the other a bluegrass album. The bluegrass album is not due for release until mid 2015. However, Dean has been kind enough to let us listen to the tracks in […]