Country music, as its name suggests, tends to have something to do with the country (that is, the land). In its modern form the singers and songwriters of country music may not live on the land but instead inhabit the genre by making storytelling the focus of their work, as stories have long been at the core of country. Josie Laver is an artist from both strands. In her debut album, Ride This Lullaby, she tells stories that cover a range of experiences and emotions, and some of those are drawn from her experiences living and working on the land near Boorowa, New South Wales.
In my recent chat with Laver we discussed the peculiarly pandemic-era origins of the album, how she came to music – and the Academy of Country Music – and the many parts of her life that she has brought to it. You can watch our chat on YouTube, or listen in Soundcloud or on the podcast.