BOOK REVIEW: PETER SPEARITT – WHERE HISTORY HAPPENED

He loves a sunburnt country; a land of sweeping plains. Okay, that was actually Dorothea Mackellar. But the same also applies to Peter Spearritt. This historian, emeritus professor and author shows a real enthusiasm for the wonderful land of Oz in Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns & Places.This is one personal, colourful and quirky book. As…

BOOK REVIEW: KARLY LANE – TALLOWOOD BOUND

  Karly Lane’s latest novel, Tallowood Bound allows you to immerse yourself in some good, ol’fashioned romance as well as spend some time away in the country. The book is an Australian, rural romance novel that also spins together elements of historic fiction and contemporary, chick lit. The novel is ultimately a pleasant and engaging…

DVD REVIEW: RIVER COTTAGE AUSTRALIA SERIES 3

  There aren’t many shows you’d call “inspirational” but River Cottage Australia is one of them. The show is a spin-off of one created in the UK by former chef and food activist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The Australian series is hosted by former Vou de monde chef, Paul West. The series is an absolute corker as it…

BOOK REVIEW: TRICIA STRINGER – HEART OF THE COUNTRY

  Heart Of The Country is a historical fiction novel that lives up to its name. The book is by Tricia Stringer who has lived in rural Australia for many years and really gets at the heart and core of this great, Southern land. This novel is the first in what should be an extremely…

INTERVIEW: THE LONE BELLOW’S KANENE PIPKIN

The Lone Bellow are a trio from Brooklyn, New York who produce country and alt-rock music. They’re also a band that boasts no less than a former star footballer, a French culinary chef and a former member of a barbershop quartet in their ranks. This sounds like the set-up to an odd joke but we…

FILM REVIEW: MY FATHER & THE MAN IN BLACK

  When audiences flocked to watch the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, they did not learn much about his one-time manager, Saul Holiff and they probably didn’t mind. But the pair had a troublesome relationship which started off with the two arguing and becoming enemies (and their association ended in a similar fashion) plus they lived through respective additions and…

LIVE REVIEW: DAN SULTAN @ THE BASEMENT, SYDNEY (24.10.2013)

Dan Sultan is a natural, a consummate professional and storyteller, if you will. On his Back To Basics tour he left the seven-piece band and supports at home and instead delivered a strong, two-set show with little more than an electric guitar and a mic. He said it was a “nerve-wracking experience” but you wouldn’t have known it….

ALBUM REVIEW: ALEX LLOYD – URBAN WILDERNESS

It has been five years since Alex Lloyd released a solo album but in that time he had a break like John Lennon. He was busy caring for his brood of children (he now has four) and was busy writing music for other acts (like Passenger) plus producing and working on soundtracks (including collaborating with the Pigram Brothers for the Mad…

LIVE REVIEW: DIESEL & TIM CHAISSON @ THE BASEMENT (11.10.2013)

Diesel, aka Mark Lizotte, has got to be one of this country’s most versatile artists. Earlier this year, he entertained a large crowd at Stone Music Festival with a greatest hits set. At the Vanguard a month later, he was pairing these same songs back and throwing in some quieter covers for a solo show. And…