Greetings! Firstly, all the best for a very happy new year in 2015 and I hope all revellers and pilgrims to Tamworth have revived from the Festival. This annual mecca has once again brought to light an inordinate amount of new talent and youngsters to keep an eye on, along with the big Award winners […]


‘We’ll always need a Freedom Ride, fear and hate will never die,’ sings Troy Cassar-Daley on ‘Freedom Ride’ (with Paul Kelly), the title track to Troy’s ninth studio outing and follow-up to The Great Country Songbook with Adam Harvey (2013). Fifty years almost to the day since the much-celebrated Freedom Ride of 1965, and with […]


Nearly two years have elapsed since the release of Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park, and what a boom time it has been for the Texan. Her immediately acclaimed album blitzed the country chart and won a Grammy for Best Country Album, while one of the most buzzed-about tracks, ‘Follow Your Arrow,’ won CMA Song […]


Beccy Cole is a classic, a type of woman who seems uniquely Australian. She projects resilience, and is equipped with a brash and self-deprecating humour her fans have come to expect and relish, contrasted by an access to vulnerability, both hers and her audience’s, that always surprises. She’s had a long career in the spotlight, […]


“Throughout my career I’ve tried to write songs that give voice to the bush,” Lee Kernaghan tells Country Update. It’s not as though we weren’t aware of this –Kernaghan’s position in Australian country music spans three different decades of contemporary bushlore. But hearing Lee say it, making clear that, however organic, this was an artistic […]


Miss Yearwood met Mr Brooks when a friend had booked them to demo a duet together, back before he had a record deal. They met up again when she sang backups on his No Fences. Trisha was a demo and back-up singer for a number of years, tour guide at the Hall of Fame, and […]


With Kim Cheshire Cinderella Man – Doug Seegers “When I first heard Doug Seegers’ voice, so full of soul and raw emotion I was stunned. This man has lived these songs, not in his imagination but every long day over many hard years. He stands before you now – ready to testify. Listen and believe” […]


AMBER RAE SLADE & THE MIGHTY BIG NOISE Born in Detroit, Michigan to a musical family and raised in proper gypsy fashion throughout the USA, Amber Rae Slade’s introduction to music came early. As a result of her family’s capo business and musically diverse parents, the family constantly travelled on tours and festivals across the […]


Melbourne alt-bluegrassers Mustered Courage recently won their first Australian Country Music Award for Best Instrumental with a tune called ‘Candle Creek’, the ‘B side’ of a digital single released in September 2014. Their fans will be pleased to hear that they have been in the studio for the past few months working madly on their […]