Author: Anna Blaby

Anna is a Melbourne based mum, writer and storyteller.

Lainey Wilson (US) adds shows to debut Australian tour due to popular demand

November 21, 2023

Lainey Wilson is set to headline her debut Australian tour this March, 2024. Due to popular demand the tour has been extended, with additional shows in Sydney and Melbourne The award-winning country music artist will headline four shows in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney) in addition to her slot at the CMC Rocks 2024 festival (QLD). […]

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Album review: Caitlin Harnett and The Pony Boys- All Night Long (2023 LP)

October 13, 2023

Country-soul powerhouse Caitlin Harnett and The Pony Boys released their second album All Night Long through Spunk Records today, the follow-up to successful debut Late Night Essentials (2020) which scored the title Album of the Week on FBi Radio and 2SER. Originally formed  in 2015, Caitlin Harnett and The Pony Boys have spent the last […]

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Peter Hellier

Review: The hilarious Peter Hellier headlines at one of Melbourne’s hidden treasures, The Comic’s Lounge (06.10.23)

October 8, 2023

On Friday 6th, October, I had the pleasure to witness Peter Hellier, one of Australia’s favourite hosts and comedians, live on stage at the iconic The Comic’s Lounge. Peter is well known for his time as the co-host of The Project on Network Ten, a role he retired from in 2022 after eight years. Before […]

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Zach Bryan announces exclusive Australian show at Always Live

October 3, 2023

Zach Bryan sets foot in Australia for the first time this December, joining the Always Live line-up. The American country music superstar will perform at Catani Gardens Flemington Racecourse in Viectoria on Saturday, 9th December, 2023. UPDATED 5/10 – venue changed to Flemington Racecourse Zach Bryan will be joining a fine lineup of musicians, including […]

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Live Review: Reb Fountain shakes Melbourne’s Brunswick Ballroom with Ellis King

September 7, 2023

On Tuesday, multi-award-winning Reb Fountain returned to Melbourne for the second time following the release of her single, ‘Faithless Lover’. The Lyttelton (NZ) based alternative-folk-noir artist recently completed her European tour supporting Marlon Williams, headlining shows in the UK as well as performing at The Great Escape Festival (UK). For Reb’s return to Melbourne, The […]

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Interview: Eddie Rawk on his latest release “Memories”, inspiration and the vision for Eddie Rawk Band

August 16, 2023

The modern country music powerhouse, Eddie Rawk Band, released their latest single “Memories” last Friday, 11th August. “Memories” is an upbeat country-pop song reminiscing on the highs and lows of a true first love story. The single follows the band’s February release “My Life’s Road” which showcased more vulnerable songwriting and a rather traditional country […]

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Southern Aurora

Book Review: Mark Brandi’s moving coming of age novel Southern Aurora explores unforgiving small-town life

August 15, 2023

Southern Aurora is Mark Brandi’s fourth novel, and follows on the heels of the bestseller Wimmera (2017), The Rip (2019) and The Others (2021). Wimmera secured Brandi the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger and was also named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Australian […]

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Live Review: Katy Steele rocks The Workers Club, Melbourne to a packed crowd (04.08.23)

August 7, 2023

Last Friday, 4th of August, The Workers Club hosted the cult following of the captivating Katy Steele, formerly of the ARIA nominated band Little Birdy. The West Australian pop singer who is currently touring her latest album Big Star (2023) was supported by the duo Moreton. Katy definitely has a loyal following here in Melbourne. […]

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Interview: Fanny Lumsden, fresh from Glastonbury, talks new album Hey Dawn, songwriting and family

August 4, 2023

Hey Dawn a new album by Fanny Lumsden is out this Friday, 4th of August. Hey Dawn is Fanny’s fourth album, following her award-winning release Fallow (2020). Fallow debuted at #10 on the all-genre ARIA charts and took out Best Country Album at the 2020 ARIA Awards. The album also secured five CMAA Golden Guitar […]

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Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley on Up, Down & Sideways, COVID and family life on tour

July 12, 2023

The country power couple Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley released their second album Up, Down & Sideways last week (read our 5-star review HERE!). The usual suspects on the Golden Guitars podium, Brooke & Adam took home three wins at the 2023 Country Music Awards of Australia this January being crowned Country Music Capital News Group […]

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Album Review: Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley deliver that feel good fix in Up, Down & Sideways

June 29, 2023

Award winning country duo Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley drop their second album Up, Down & Sideways tomorrow. Brooke McClymont is one third of top-selling, award-winning Australian country music trio The McClymonts. She has over 200,000 album sales, 40 million streams, two ARIA Awards, fifteen Golden Guitar Awards, one CMA (USA) Award, one APRA Award and […]

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Interview: Jess Hitchcock on Unbreakable, songwriting and representing First Nations artists in the Australian music industry

June 28, 2023

Unbreakable by the talented singer-songwriter Jess Hitchcock is out this Friday, 30th June 2023. In her second album, the proud First Nations artist serenades us with an achingly beautiful reminder that we can find power in ourselves to become unbreakable. Unbreakable is a follow-up to Jess’s acoustic debut Bloodline (2019), which was inspired by her […]

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