Issue 90 – Out Now!

Greetings! As I write this, a couple of weeks from the onset of Spring, drought is at the forefront of media attention and on everyone’s mind with the heartbreaking and devastating situation spreading and worsening by the day. It is wonderful to see the fund-raising efforts and initiative people have brought to bear to get […]

John Williamson

In a career spanning close to 50 years, the legendary John Williamson has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in Australian song: from Jimmy Little to Sara Storer, Chad Morgan to Warren H Williams, and even the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. But with landmark 20th studio album Butcherbird, the veteran songsmith pays tribute […]

Graeme Connors

For more years than I need to enumerate, it has been my great pleasure to relish and cogitate upon each new musical work Graeme Connors brings into being…I am an unabashed fan of his dexterity with language and powers of observation – most especially of the human condition – and exploration of the multi-textured themes […]

Beccy Cole

Of all the inmates of the animal kingdom, the lioness is perhaps the most fitting spirit mascot for the indomitable Beccy Cole. From leading the pride, to directing the hunt and inducting cubs into the traffic of the world, the lioness commands her world, from the jungle to the savannah. With the year only halfway […]

Adam Harvey

Stepping inside the studio to record his 10th studio album Adam knew it could well be a once in a lifetime moment – and momentous it was. The address is 3100 Belmont Boulevard Nashville, Tennessee. Welcome to Sound Emporium Studios. A place where legends have sent their truth into the world in song since 1969. […]

Kenny Chesney

When Hurricane Irma went to Category 5, with winds over 250 miles an hour, people in the Virgin Islands braced for something they knew they’d never come up against before. When it was over, those islands, home to many, a place of refuge for the people who crave the slowed down pace and welcoming spirit, […]

Bluegrass Truth

As we write this edition’s column we are currently in the air on our way home from performing at the Groundwater Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast. There was a strong representation of bluegrass acts including The Morrisons, The Cherry Pickers and US based Lillie Mae; who if you haven’t caught up with her […]

Deep Down South

Melbourne-Country with Laura from the Weeping Willows Howdy Country Update readers!  Laura here, from the Weeping Willows and as I write this, I’m still a lil’ bleary-eyed and jet-lagged having just returned from a UK/Europe tour with Deep Down South’s own Golden Guitar winner, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, along with Imogen Clark (she’s not […]


Acclaimed in 2017 as the first female Canadian country artist since Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with ‘Cheap Wine and Cigarettes’), she has achieved three Top 10 hits with ‘Kiss Me Quiet’, ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘Drive Me Away.’ Crowned the 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year, Moskaluke is […]


When his Kenny Chesney collaboration ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ hit No. 1 in June, it was the first time Murphy had occupied its top slot in more than 22 years, the second-longest gap at No. 1 in the chart’s history. It’s not that Murphy retired after ‘Dust on the Bottle’ peaked in 1995. He amassed […]


With athletic vocals and a knack for writing expressive songs with strong melodies that resonate with young fans, Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) stand out as a leading duo in the current pantheon of US pop-country proponents – albeit in a less rowdy, subtler style than harder edged rivals. ‘Tequila’ is a […]