Category: playlist

New playlist: introduction to Australian country music

The reason why I have spent several years covering Australian country music on this website is simple: I listen to all types of music, but I believe Australian country music artists produce songs of an incredibly high standard lyrically and musically, and they do it consistently. The industry is excellent. Its artists should receive a lot more radio airplay than they do. And people around the nation – around the world – should know who they are.

The Australian country music industry – like every performance-based industry around the world right now – has been affected by the immediate disappearance of live shows. The good part is that the music is available everywhere, and many of us are going to be stuck at home for a while looking for distractions, so it’s a great opportunity to discover new music.

The following playlist is by no means prescriptive. It’s an introduction to Australian country music for those who may not know much about it, or know only a portion of it. It contains only artists who are currently working in the industry and who can be classified as emerged, rather than emerging. The songs are listed after the Spotify player.




Amber Lawrence – ‘The Man Across the Street’

Andrew Swift & Gretta Ziller – ‘Second Hand’

Andy Golledge – ‘Run to the River’

Ashleigh Dallas – ‘Dear Brother’

Beccy Cole – ‘Blackwood Hill’

Ben Leece – ‘Villains’

Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart – ‘Weeds’

Brad Butcher – ‘The Old Man’s Gone’

Brad Cox – ‘Water on the Ground’

Catherine Britt – ‘Charlestown Road’

Fanny Lumsden – ‘Land of Gold’

Felicity Urquhart – ‘So Go On’

Harmony James – ‘Home’

Hayley Marsten – ‘Wendy’

Kasey Chambers – ‘I Would Do’

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes – ‘Big Fish’

Lee Kernaghan – ‘High Country’

Luke O’Shea – ‘Happy Australia Day’

Lyn Bowtell – ‘The Willow Tree’

The McClymonts – ‘This Ain’t Over’

Shane Nicholson – ‘Long Time Coming’

Tania Kernaghan – ‘Where the Murray Meets the Darling’

The Weeping Willows – ‘Devil’s Road’

The Wolfe Brothers – ‘Country Heart’

Troy Cassar-Daley – ‘Born to Survive’

March 2020 playlist

This month’s playlist features recent single releases that fall under the Australian country music umbrella – the full track listing is below the player.

Billie Rose – ‘Kick Her to the Curb’

Camille Trail – ‘Devil’s Drink’

Dani Young – ‘Keep on Loving You’

Emma Dykes – ‘All I’m Gunna Get’

Fanny Lumsden – ‘Mountain Song’ + ‘This Too Shall Pass’

Hayley Jensen feat. Beccy Cole – ‘Angel’

Hayley Marsten – ‘Spectacular Heartbreak’

Hello Jane – ‘Everything’s Alright’

Jasmine Rae – ‘Green Light’

Jessica Emily Odgers – ‘Hot Mess’

Josh Arnold and the Woolshed Band – ‘The Woolshed’

Kate Hindle – ‘Broken Mind’

Kelly Brouhaha – ‘Benjamin’

Lucille – ‘Kerikeri’

Ray Jones – ‘Die Tryin”

Rob Hirst and Jay O’Shea – ‘Pearl Shell Buttons’

Roz Pappalardo – ‘Let It Go’

Ryan James – ‘Why Me?’

Sammy White – ‘I Can’t Outrun You’

Tammy Moxon – ‘Wyangala Ain’t Wyangala’

The Buffalo Grass Boys – ‘Daydream’

Van Walker – ‘Spirit World’

Vixens of Fall – ‘And Then We Dance’

February 2020 playlist

This playlist features new releases across the spectrum of Australian country music (and one Kiwi). Track listing below.


Kaitlyn Thomas – ‘First Kiss’

Laura Frank – ‘Things I’d Rather Do’

The Buckleys – ‘I’m Comin’ For Ya (Love)’

Andy Golledge – ‘1170’

The Mezcaltones – ‘Na Na Na’

Shane Nicholson – ‘The High Price of Surviving’

Hannah May – ‘Passenger Seat’

Emily Hatton feat. Troy Kemp – ‘Maybe’

Allison Forbes – ‘Broken Radios’

Chloe Styler – ‘Sweden’

Andrew Farriss – ‘Good Momma Bad’

Aleyce Simmonds & John Williamson – ‘Three Sons’

Innocent Eve – ‘Viking’

January playlist: Fanny Lumsden

In recent days and weeks parts of Australia have been destroyed by fires. Other parts are still threatened by those fires. One of those parts is the area where singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden lives. Lumsden and her family have evacuated, and in the midst of the oppressive atmosphere caused by the fires, and the fear and uncertainty, she has found time to buy supplies for people in her local town and to keep posting updates to social media, so that those of us who care about her – fans like me and many friends – know what’s going on.

Lumsden is one of the great chroniclers of Australian rural life. Her two albums, Small Town Big Shot and Real Class Act, are classics of country music. That would be reason alone to devote a playlist to her, but in acknowledgement of her bloody awful start to the year, and of the spirit, determination and resilience she has shown, this month’s Spotify playlist is all Lumsden all the time.

Please consider preordering her new album, Fallow:

Track listing:

  1. Bravest of Hearts
  2. Land of Gold
  3. Totem Tennis
  4. Rattle & Your Roll
  5. Sunstate
  6. Watershed
  7. Roll On
  8. Elastic Waistband
  9. Real Men Don’t Cry
  10. Peppercorn Tree
  11. Peed in the Pool
  12. These Days

December playlist

This month’s Spotify playlist is all new releases – see below for the full list.



Fanny Lumsden – ‘These Days’

Brad Cox – ‘Give Me Tonight’

Emma Dykes – ‘The Drovers’

Copperline – ‘Next Year’

Natalie Henry – ‘Water Over Wine’

Tom Curtain with Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer – ‘She Gave Us The Song’

Aly Cook – ‘Southern Christmas Stars’

Andy Nelson – ‘Late Night Letter’

Kora Naughton – ‘Speechless’

Katie Bates – ‘Polka Dot Dress’

Leaving Lennox – ‘Weren’t Looking For’

Brittany Elise – ‘Pit Stop’

Aleyce Simmonds – ‘I Could Dance With You’

Renee Jonas – ‘Blame it on the Wine’

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – ‘Catch You’

Brook Chivell – ‘Fearless Rider’

Natalie Pearson – ‘Plan B’

Oh Harlow – ‘Give It A Miss’




November playlist

Continuing a new tradition, this is my November Spotify playlist featuring recent single releases plus a handful of not exactly golden oldies but slightly older songs that are worth bringing to your attention. Track listing below.

Darlinghurst – ‘So Long So Long’

Cassidy Rae – ‘Throwback’

Sophia Chesworth – ‘One Way Ticket’

Andy Golledge – ‘Run to the River’

Archie Roach – ‘Tell Me Why’

El Cosgrove – ‘Honey’

Tanya Ransom – ‘Armour’

Mama Kin Spender – ‘What’s Wrong with Me?’

Kimberley Bowden – ‘Can’t Stop Livin’ It’

Taylor Moss – ‘Let Me Be’

Jeff Gibson – ‘Hole in My Heart’

Fanny Lumsden – ‘Peed in the Pool’

Lyn Bowtell – ‘Beautiful Liar’

The McClymonts – ‘This Ain’t Over’

Hayley Marsten – ‘Red Wine, White Dress’

Troy Cassar-Daley – ‘Getaway Car’

Kasey Chambers – ‘Southern Kind of Life’