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Joan Shelley: The Spur review – timeless and vital Americana
Pretty but unsentimental reflections on putting down roots inform the singer-songwriter’s elegant seventh album

Kitty Empire

26, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Tami Neilson: Kingmaker review – the queen of Kiwi country at her imperious best
The award-winning singer’s effortless fifth album channels Patsy Cline and features a soaring duet with fan Willie Nelson

Neil Spencer

25, Jun, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Country-soul star Yola: ‘I have a mission. I’m extremely bloody-minded about it’
The Grammy-nominated UK singer on her journey from guesting on dance bangers to starring in Baz Lurhmanm’s Elvis, and her long battle for recognition in the white, male-dominated Americana scene

Kate Hutchinson

23, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Country music star Toby Keith announces stomach cancer diagnosis
Singer-songwriter says he has had six months of treatment involving ‘chemo, radiation and surgery’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

13, Jun, 2022 @8:54 AM

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Alex the Astronaut, Spacey Jane and the Whitlams: Australia’s best new music for June
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly

05, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Kelly Joe Phelps, blues and country musician, dies aged 62
Musician celebrated for slide guitar playing and soulful voice released a string of acclaimed albums between 1994 and 2012

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jun, 2022 @11:36 AM

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Wilco: Cruel Country review – Jeff Tweedy’s state of the nation address
The band return to their alt country roots – and live takes – with a double album full of worldly wisdom

Kitty Empire

29, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Country detour brings out the Whitlams’ Black Stump ballads
As the pandemic shut down Sydney venues, Tim Freedman headed inland and found his city songs were perfectly at home in the country

Tom Plevey

23, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Shift your vibe! 60 quick ways to make yourself slightly happier
Things feeling a bit stale? These small tweaks to your routine will turn things around, boost your mood and could even make you a better person …

14, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Sexy vegetables, banana-eating wolves and Meghan Markle’s hair: who to watch at Eurovision 2022
As the first semi-final is unleashed in Turin, we run down this year’s most noteworthy bangers, ethereal folk chants and protest songs about health insurance

Angelica Frey

10, May, 2022 @9:43 AM

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‘We’ve been offered a myopic view of history’: folk singer Leyla McCalla untangles Haiti’s complex roots
The Haitian-American musician, known for Carolina Chocolate Drops and Our Native Daughters, has seen her country harshly disparaged in the US – so she is trying to tell its true story

Marissa R Moss

09, May, 2022 @12:07 PM

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Naomi Judd obituary
American country singer who performed with her daughter, Wynonna, in the popular duo the Judds

Adam Sweeting

02, May, 2022 @4:26 PM

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