ISSUE 80 – out now!

Welcome to another whopper edition packed with all the news from the Tamworth festival and the Golden Guitar Awards which are all featured in the wonderful photo essay by David Jackson in this issue. Congratulations to all the winners on the night including our own Pete Denahy who snavelled two GGs, but he’ll tell you […]

Sara Storer

Sara Storer That once great, virtually vanished brand we encounter so seldom these days, ‘Made In Australia’, applies to nothing more adherently than Sara Storer. Needing no jingoistic logo or contrived ‘act,’ her ‘brand’ comes forcefully from within as naturally as breathing, and speaks volumes in Silos. I caught up with Sara on an evening […]

Graeme Connors

Graeme Connors – Sixty Summers When Graeme Connors was asked to stay longer at Tamworth this year to attend the Golden Guitar Awards, he never suspected he’d be celebrating his own induction into Tamworth’s Roll of Renown. “That was fabulous. What took me by surprise most of all was the incredible wave of emotion I […]

Clint Black

Clint Black – Purposefully Black Clint Black is back! Much vaunted as one of country music’s biggest stars of the 80s and 90s, Black brings On Purpose, his first all-new studio album in a decade. Black’s twenty-first album overall, this marks his first since 2005’s Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic. The 14-track album, recorded at […]

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart – Time For A BBU! Inspire: Verb; to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence. Origin 1300-50; Middle English inspiren  < Latin inspirare to breathe upon or into.  ( There are those out there, within the music industry, that although whispered about seldom attract the headlines or accolades from the […]

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw – Damn Country Music McGraw’s latest album seems to have found universal appeal with fans and critics alike garnering widespread praise for the strength of the songs and claims it re-introduces the singer’s love for stone-cold country classics. “When I recorded the track Damn Country Music, it was one of those electric moments,” […]

Vince Gill

Vince Gill – Down To His Last Bad Habit For his 18th studio album, it would have been easy for Vince Gill to kick back a bit. After all, when you’ve sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys, and earned 18 CMA Awards (including two Entertainer of the Year trophies), you’ve pretty much […]

Sydney Country

This year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival was all about Melbourne. I met nary a festival-going soul who was not quick to volunteer a few mellifluous words of praise for the Victorian capital’s vibrant country scene, and it seemed that my every step under the blazing Peel Valley sun drew me, inexorably, toward Lachlan Bryan-curated Melbourne […]