Troy Cassar-Daley

“I don’t ever remember feeling down or worried because there was always another gig around the corner somewhere that would help pay for my next musical adventure and more petrol! “Music was my whole life. There were cars, girls, surfboards and mates in the mix – but nothing ever distracted me for very long away […]

Pistol Annies

The Pistol Annies never schedule or regulate a new album. Friendship and a love of strong stuff (country music, men, good times) is the currency that bonds songwriter/artists Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley; the records happen when the time is right. “The universe tells us when it’s time,” offers the dark-headed Presley. Monroe […]

Morgan Evans

When you get hired, you might raise a toast. When you get fired, you may chug a beer or something stronger to drown your sorrows. Celebrate a birthday, wedding, anniversary, anything – and tradition dictates it be done glass in hand. But how to celebrate when you achieve U.S. country chart domination? Well, when you’re […]

Brandy Clark

When the line-up for CMC Rocks Qld was announced last month I was both surprised and delighted to see probably the most progressive female working in country music in Nashville currently in Ashley McBryde and the super-savvy songwriter performer Brandy Clark of whose work I am a committed fan. Country Update spoke to Ashley McBryde […]

Clare Bowen

Touring her homeland and sharing her debut album with fans was as much a delight for Clare Bowen as it was for her fans – she has always been the very best kind of storyteller. The Australian actress and musician began accumulating her devoted fan base via her early appearances on iconic Aussie TV shows […]

Deep Down South

Melbourne-Country with Small Town Romance’s Jim Arneman   G’day Country Updaters, Jim Arneman from Small Town Romance here to get you caught up on all things Country Music in Victoria. My wife and bandmate Flora Smith sends her best – we’ve been quiet on the music front for the past few months due to the […]


The solo debut from onetime Delta Lions member Ben Leece is a suitably patinated window on the soul of a beleaguered poet. Produced by Shane Nicholson, it’s an album alternately charged with raw and ragged romance (opener ‘Rebel Alone’) and chafing with understated disquiet. The carousing ‘Highway Not the Dream’ captures the swagger of the […]


Kelly moved to Nashville at 17 after a childhood living everywhere from Belgium to his home state of South Carolina, spending time in a jam band, devouring Johnny Cash and scoring songwriter cuts for the likes of Tim McGraw. His first EP, Halloween, made healthy headway but it’s on this debut LP, Dying Star, where […]


It’s been five years since Mandy Barnett released new music. Audiences last heard from Barnett when she played the title role in the stage production of Always… Patsy Cline or listened to her 2013 tribute LP to singer-songwriter Don Gibson. This return from that musical hiatus reflects Barnett’s self-identification as a torch singer, or someone […]