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Welcome to Edition 289 of Rhythms and my
first back behind the editorial desk for a decade
or so. It is nice to be here.
I would like to acknowledge Catherine Britt
and James Beverley (and their family) for the
past couple of years in keeping the magazine
going; and also Martin Jones and Verity Bee
for their efforts over previous years.
It is perhaps appropriate that Ry Cooder’s
latest album is titled The Prodigal Son, as it
feels as if this also applies to the magazine.
Rhythms is back where it began and so in many
ways it is a rebirth for a publication that is dear
to all our hearts.
Taking on the magazine again is not something
that I did lightly. The first thing my accountant
said, diplomatically, was, ‘ Why do you want to
do this, you’re not young anymore.’ I reminded
him of what Willie Nelson said when asked
when he was going to retire: ‘ I play music and
golf. What am I going to retire from?’
The passion for the music doesn’t seem to
have dimmed over the past decade, nor has the
passion for print. I still buy as many books as
ever and I still read print magazines, as I am
sure you do too (which is why you are reading
Over the past few months I have had a lot of
encouragement from friends and family and
have a small and enthusiastic team who are
ready to help. We also have some long-term
advertisers who are keen to lend their support.
The plans for Rhythms into the near future
are modest. These include an increase in
profile and distribution (it is already in Qantas
lounges around the world).
Apart from the already trusted crew of writers
we have been joined by some new contributors
who I am sure will add to the interest. We will
expand this as the magazine progresses. We
definitely plan to increase the online content
(especially with music news, gig and tour
guides) so that you can visit the site every day
and find something new.
Our main focus is really on keeping the
magazine going into the future and that is
where you come in. Rhythms readers have
remained incredibly loyal over the years and I
certainly appreciate your support because you
are the lifeblood of the magazine.
If you have subscribed or resubscribed recently,
then thank you. If you get the chance, try to
convince some of your friends and relatives to
get on board as well.
Apart from becoming a member of the
Rhythms family, you will also receive our first
ever sampler CD to be mailed out with this
issue. We have compiled some of the best new
music, to fit into our theme this month, and
I hope you enjoy it. Of course, we would also
like you to support the musicians who kindly
allowed us to use their music on our sampler.
In this edition we highlight the Out On The
Weekend festival as well as other events (such
as Dashville Skyline) and touring artists,
both local and international. Our Out On
The Weekend section features our cover story
on Margo Price who was interviewed by
Nashville-based Australian musician Anne
McCue. We also have features on Wagons,
Courtney Marie Andrews, Halfway, Willie
Watson and The Rechords. But we also have
features on Emily Wurramurra, Roger Knox,
Diesel, Joe Satriani, the Milk Carton Kids, the
Cowboy Junkies, John Schumann and Steve
Tilston. I am excited about The War & Treaty
and I’ll tell you about them and I also talked to
Paul Rodgers about his tribute to Free, one of
the great British rock bands of all time.
We have an amazing history section
spearheaded by an excerpt from the new
Daddy Cool book by Craig Horne. It evokes
memories for me of the very first time I saw
the band which was not long after it started.
Daddy Cool remains one of my favourites of
all time. David Johnston has also interviewed
Craig and Daddy Cool drummer, the
irrepressible Gary Young.
Stuart Coupe, who you will see a lot in
these pages in future, also tells us about his
new book, Roadies. There is a profile of Red
Symons as well as the history of Bombay
Rock, one of Australia’s iconic venues.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Rhythms if we didn’t
have something about Bob Dylan! Michael
Goldberg, a former editor of Rolling Stone and
founder of Addicted To Noise, has provided us
with an excerpt from a chapter he wrote for the
book Dylan & The Beats. (Michael has been
working with me for years on the local edition
And if that wasn’t enough, our writers tackle
more than 50 albums in the huge reviews
section! Even though I have always been closely
involved in the magazine as a contributor I
am still amazed at the quantity and range of
reviews that have appeared over the years.
Along with our sampler CD this should
provide you with a great overview of what has
been happening on the roots music scene.
We are definitely planning to keep that review
section as bulky as possible and to bring you a
lot of features that are best suited to the print
Of course, if you have any feedback or
suggestions please get in touch with me
(email@example.com). I think it is
important that you have a say in the way in
which we ‘move forward’. I welcome your
comments (well, the nice ones anyway).
Finally, another Rhythms story. I recently
caught up with Ben Harper and Charlie
Musswelwhite for a radio interview when they
were here n July, Ben kindly said that he ‘loves’
Rhythms which was high praise indeed. It was
also a timely reminder of how people view
the magazine and why, in this era of media
homogeneity, it needs to keep going. Please
help us to do that.
Until next issue.....
The Prodigal Returns
Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper with an imposter!
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