Issue 85 – OUT NOW!

GREETINGS! Firstly let me welcome Chris Matthews as a new columnist bringing the top end of WA’s Kimberley region alive for readers. Chris is resident muso at El Questro for the winter months and presently on a ‘singing odyssey’ with Luke O’Shea touring the coast of WA from bottom to top. A stack of excellent […]

Chris Stapleton

By Denise Torenbeek The broad strokes of Chris Stapleton’s story have long since been transformed into contemporary country-music mythology. A veteran songwriter who spent 15 years writing for bros (Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett), traditionalists (George Strait, Alison Krauss), and the most popular singer in the world (Adele), Stapleton finally stepped out on his own with […]

Caitlyn Shadbolt

By Mikaela Bella Songwriters take note: if ever you experience a deficit of inspiration you can always mosey on over to Bali. It worked a treat for Caitlyn Shadbolt, who penned the twelve tracks on her delightful debut album Songs On My Sleeve while jet setting between three continents and four cities (with Nashville, Sydney […]

Zac Brown Band

By Gareth Hipwell This is the most personal album we’ve ever done and we’re very proud of it. Welcome home,” says Zac Brown of Welcome Home, the fifth major label outing for the tireless juggernaut that is the 8-piece Zac Brown Band. Representing a marked softening in both sound and thematic thrust after the kaleidoscopic […]

Brad Paisley

By Denise Torenbeek I was beginning to fret that this long-awaited record would never see the light of day, as for several issues I’ve had it slated for the lead story only to learn it would be postponed to a future date. Nought for it but to wait patiently and trust it was a case of […]

Jimmy Webb

By Kim Cheshire It’s been nearly 20 years since master songwriter Jimmy Web visited Australia promoting his book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting. I caught him at Sydney’s Basement along with many of Australia’s top songwriters, music publishers and fans. The book although semi autobiographical was more a tutorial than a personal bio and […]