The September issue has a focus on artists performing at this month's Country 2 Country (C2C) Festival including Kelsea Ballerini, Reverie Lane, Jess Moskaluke and superstar Tim McGraw as our cover story by David Dawson. The treble Grammy Award winner who starred in eight movies including The Blind Side and Country Strong, confessed he was not a prolific writer on his 16 albums that have sold more than 50 million copies with 43 #1 singles. “Every album I have ever recorded for I write but I choose the best songs for me as a songwriter and as an artist I have to put the songs on the same plane, the song has to win,” McGraw explained.
He launched a new diet book – Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life in January at the opening of his new fitness centre with his wife Faith Hill. McGraw headlines Country To Country festivals in Sydney on September 28 and Brisbane on September 29 with Morgan Evans’ wife Kelsea Ballerini and Texan band Midland. The McClymonts, Eric Paslay, Rae Lynn, Lacy Cavalier, Reverie Lane, Jess Moskaluke, Travis Collins, Andrew Swift, Sinead Burgess, the Adam Eckersley Band, Casey Barnes, Kaylee Bell, Jody Direen and Judah Kelly, have been added to those shows. He will also headline the 21st Deni Ute Muster on October 5 and at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley with Midland and Travis Collins on Friday October 4 and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday October 6.
We're thrilled to see the return of Gina Jeffreys, we catch up with Western Australian Terry Bennetts, remember Buddy Williams and summarise the CMAA recent in-depth analysis of country music in Australia by Dobe Newton.