Nashville headed for Tamworth

TOP selling country artist Kip Moore may be one of the biggest names in his home country, the USA, but Australia holds a special place in his heart.

He rekindles his relationship with his fans Down Under this week as he begins his Australian tour with a show in Winton with musical mates Lee Brice and Charlie Worsham.

As a special treat for regional fans, they will play shows in Winton, Queensland and Tamworth, NSW as well as city shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“Australia has got a piece of my heart; it is special for me,” he said.

“I talk about it in all my interviews and this is something super unique for me and the band. I think the thing about Australia is that the fans have embraced me in a very special way and I have embraced them, so there is a lot of mutual love.” Continue reading

Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

LACHLAN Bryan and The Wildes return with an album that is sure to get your attention with the title as well as the tracks that hit all the right notes.

Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music sees the band’s songs maturing and a more stripped back production, as they worked to capture their live sound on record.

“We wanted to make an adult-sounding country record,” Lachlan said.

“Thematically, that comes across in the songs and, as for our sound, we didn’t want to unnecessarily polish things and we didn’t want to underestimate the country music audience. Lot of people have complicated lives like we do, and we didn’t want to gloss over stuff. The lyrics in some of the songs are quite cutting and, if ever we had the thought of whether this was too risqué or close to the bone, our answer was always what the hell, we’re going to do it anyway.”

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GALLERY: CMC Music Awards winners announced

COUNTRY headed to the coast, the Gold Coast that is, on Thursday, March 15 for the annual CMC Music Awards.

The cocktail function saw country music royalty dressed in their finest and fans of all ages soaked up the atmosphere at The Star Casino.

As well as mingling with their fans, country artists from the US, Canada and Australia performed at the awards function and were rewarded for their efforts over the year. Continue reading

Dean Brody brings his Beautiful Freakshow to CMC Rocks Queensland

AS DEAN Brody prepared to hit the stage at CMC Rocks Queensland, he reflected on how similar country fans were, no matter what side of the world they were on.

The Canadian country singer is no stranger to Australia and our country music fans.

“One of the thing that surprised me was that country music fans, whether we are in Europe, North America or Australia, people who grew up in the country are used to the rural way of life and we share this musical genre as well,” he said.

“You guys really enjoy your beer and wine, though, and one of my favourite wines is Shiraz.” Continue reading

Tom Curtain continues WA tour with No. 1 album

THE new album from Tom Curtain, Territory Time, has won the hearts of music lovers, debuting at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and No. 12 on the iTunes Albums Chart (all genres) on release on November 14.

The singer-songwriter has taken the album and his Katherine Outback Experience show on the road through Western Australia, continuing south through January, with Golden Guitar finalist spots under his wing.

Released on November 14, the Territory Time album is a reflection of Tom’s life living and working in the Northern Territory, running the Katherine Outback Experience tourist attraction and training dogs and horses.

“This album is a collection of stories I have experienced first-hand or heard while working in the outback over the past decade,” he said. “It celebrates the different way of life in the Top End. It includes stories of loss, hard work and never giving up, together with a few light-hearted fun songs.”

The country artist is taking the album and the Katherine Outback Experience show, on tour from Katherine, down through Western Australia until February. Continue reading

Book Review: Six Ways to Sunday – Karly Lane

KARLY Lane’s latest novel, Six Ways To Sunday, will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the life of Rilee Kincaid. This isn’t a will they, won’t they romance novel, as Rilee is already married to her knight is denim, Dan, but gives an insider’s look into life in a small town when you’re very much an outsider.

The main problem is Rilee is not only an outsider, she’s also married to one of the most eligible bachelors in the town and they got married quickly and secretly, not winning her any points with her parents-in-law, the formidable Jacob and Ellen.

Having known her husband for only a few short months before they were married, living with his parents who are openly hostile towards her and dealing with the vagaries of a small town who don’t welcome outside influence warmly, presents a multitude of problems for the city girl. Rilee’s somewhat alternative career also leaves the townsfolk of Pallaburra suspicious of the newcomer. Continue reading

BREAKING: 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar finalists announced



From The Bottom of A Well Brad Butcher Producer: Matt Fell
Real Class Act Fanny Lumsden Producer: Matt Fell
Queen of Boomtown Gretta Ziller Producer: Paul Ruske
Dragonfly Kasey Chambers Producers: Nash Chambers & Paul Kelly
Love and Blood Shane Nicholson Producer: Matt Fell


Get On Your Feet Adam Brand Producers: Alex Kline & Erin Enderlin
Coming Your Way Drew McAlister Producer: Andy Mak
61-615 O’Shea Producer: Lindsey Jackson
Endless The McClymonts Producer: Andy Mak
Our Backyard Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence Producer: Matt Fell


Lighthouse Ashleigh Dallas Producer: Brett Dallas
The Wide Horizon Darren Coggan Producer: Ben Edgar
All You Need Is Music Davidson Brothers Producers: Mark Thornton & Larry Marrs
All Australian Girl Tania Kernaghan Producer: Stuart French
The Hungry Mile The Bushwackers Producer: Roger Corbett


Get On Your Feet Adam Brand
From The Bottom of A Well Brad Butcher
The Wide Horizon Darren Coggan
My Soundtrack Matt Cornell
Love and Blood Shane Nicholson


More Than Meets The Eye Aleyce Simmonds
Lighthouse Ashleigh Dallas
Real Class Act Fanny Lumsden
Dragonfly Kasey Chambers
All Australian Girl Tania Kernaghan


Better Day Carter & Carter
All You Need Is Music Davidson Brothers
61-615 O’Shea
The Hungry Mile The Bushwackers
Endless The McClymonts


Hey Kasey Chambers & Paul Kelly
Back in ’92 Lee Kernaghan & James Blundell
Waltzing Australia The Bushwackers with John Williamson, Sara Storer & The Bush Choir
When We Say It’s Forever The McClymonts & Ronan Keating
Our Backyard Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence


Just Like Your Dad Dale Duncan Songwriters: Allan Caswell & Manfred Vijars
Henbury Blues Dean Perrett Songwriter: Neville Anderson
Uncle Harry Dianne Lindsay Songwriter: Peter Simpson
Plains of Nappa Merrie Graham Rodger Songwriter: Graham Rodger
We Still Sing Three Rivers Hotel Ian Quinn Songwriter: Ian Quinn


Roll On Fanny Lumsden Songwriter: Fanny Lumsden
Outback Club Reunion Lee Kernaghan Songwriters: Garth Porter, Lee Kernaghan, Colin Buchanan
Dirt Under My Nails The Bushwackers Songwriter: Rich Davies
Never Never Land Tom Curtain feat Luke O’Shea Songwriters: Tom Curtain & Luke O’Shea
Our Backyard Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence Songwriters: Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, Matt Scullion


Evelyn’s Kitchen Davidson Brothers
Pick Me! Michael Fix
Porch Pickin’ Mickey Pye
Easy Does It The Bushwackers
Eva Waits Tommy Emmanuel


Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty Carpenter Caswell
Back Where I Started Davidson Brothers
Southbound Train Runaway Dixie
Cumberland Plain The Morrisons
Long Way Over Wide Island

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Ali S. Kix it up with new single

FRIDAY, November 3 is a special day for Queensland country singer-songwriter Ali S. as he premieres his next single and music video, Talking Bout Brooks and Dunn, on Kix Country.

“Kix Country has supported my first single, I Need A Beer, so it’s a privilege to have them premiering my new song, Talking Bout Brooks and Dunn,” Ali said. “They are great promoters of country music across Australia.”

Crossy will interview Ali and premiere the new single after 7.30am QLD time on Friday morning. Continue reading

Winton showcases international talent at Way Out West Fest

WALTZING Matilda is ingrained in the Australian psyche and has inspired a nation. In April 2018, Winton celebrates the re-opening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre with one of the biggest inland music and culture festivals ever held in Queensland, with Winton’s Way Out West Fest.

Bringing together artists from country, pop, rock and blues, the festival brings Jessica Mauboy, John Williamson, The Living End, Kip Moore (USA), Lee Brice (USA), Sheppard, Busby Marou, Russell Morris, The Black Sorrows, Pierce Brothers and more together for the the four-day festival from April 19-22. Continue reading

CMC Rocks Queensland fans have Luke Bryan wishes granted

THE name that has been high on CMC Rocks audience members’ lips for so long is Luke Bryan and organisers have granted their wishes with the country singer, known for his dance moves, headlining the 2018 festival.

Alongside Luke, fellow US artists Darius Rucker and Kelsea Ballerini round out the headliners. The excitement doesn’t end there, with a swag full of international and Australian acts gracing the stages of CMC Rocks Queensland in 2018.

Starting with the USA, we have Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Randy Houser, Brett Young, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Davisson Brothers Band, and Ryan Follese.

Continuing the international flavor, Canadians Dean Brody and Gord Bamford make a welcome return, joined by fellow Canucks High Valley.

From across the ditch, CMC welcomes Jody Direen and Kaylee Bell back to the fold.

The Australian line-up is nothing less than impressive with Busby Marou, Travis Collins, Sunny Cowgirls, Troy Kemp, Jayne Denham, Steve Forde, Melanie Dyer, Missy Lancaster, Baylou, Mustered Courage, The Viper Creek Band, Casey Barnes, and Route 33, with the current Toyota Star Maker Rachael Fahim rounding out the Australian contingent.

Crowds will begin flocking to Willowbank Raceway on Thursday, March 15 for campers and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the general admission ticket holders.

Pre-sale tickets went on sale yesterday, Wednesday, October 4, and sold out within an hour, but never fear, general public one-sale begins at 10am AEDT (9am Qld) on Monday, October 9, so don’t miss out. Continue reading