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Issue 84 – OUT NOW!

Okay, I am ready for Summer to be over NOW! I’ve survived the drought, the heat waves, the seven months without rain, the fire hazard… I’ve been a good little wildlife warrior and put out water for the birds ‘n bees, and critters diligently…but as of now I am all out of...

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Adam Brand

Since the last album, My Side of the Street, and the last time we chatted you’ve had a few changes of address and kicked some goals with a side-project or two. You moved to Townsville and opened a restaurant called Brandy’s on the Strand up there in torpid, tropical NQ...

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Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole

From cross-dressing routines to close out a set – Beccy dressing up as Adam and vice versa – to stink bombs surreptitiously deposited under a microphone mid-song, Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey have always brought out the…best…in one another. Almost 18 years after first hitting the road together while touring with...

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Little Big Town

Decorating the tenth anniversary celebrations of CMC Rocks Qld this March will be five-time CMA (USA) Group of the Year, Little Big Town. Noted for their superb harmonies – unrivalled unless it’s by co-headliners the Dixie Chicks – their crown as top country band of this decade is uncontested. Releasing their...

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The Shires

You only get one life. Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes are the IT thing in country music in the UK right now despite their duo, The Shires, having been together less than four years. Now two albums down, motivated by the joy of spreading their buoyant pop infused music has...

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Rodney Crowell

John Paul White (Civil Wars) – “Rodney has a way with me. He keeps me hanging on every word, every turn of phrase, every revelatory, honest, self deprecating and hopeful utterance. There are few lyrical poets that blow my skirt up like this guy. This record is no exception: each...

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Bluegrass Truth – Issue 84

By The Davidson Brothers After Claire Lynch swung by to sing some harmonies on our new album we took the opportunity to ask her few questions about her fabulous new album North by South. Three time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year has outdone herself on her fifteenth album. Claire is...

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Roots & All – Issue 84

By Kim Cheshire 2016 was certainly a tough year for music with the loss of so many enormous talents from Merle Haggard to David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Guy Clark, Leon Russell and many more. Australia unfortunately lost a few of its rock legends too including Jon English, both Daddy Cool’s...

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Country In The Convict Capital – Issue 84

By Gareth Hipwell In the hotbed of superheated obsession (and bottomless pots of tea) that is Convict Capital HQ, summertime means Tamworth. But for the hundreds of country artists who make TCMF the immersive joy it is – singers, songwriters, pickers and players hailing from all points of the compass Australia-wide...

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Issue 83 – OUT NOW!

Greetings! And another year rolls to a close – it frequently feels like the mouse on the wheel syndrome here – we finish one Issue and start the next then change the date to the New Year and start over. Bit like real life I guess! Several of our writers have...

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