Bob Howe – Writer / Photo-Journalist

 (For a dedicated mini-site that looks in detail at Bob’s writing career that spans
‘Four Decades of Country Music Journalism’,

Capital News coverEvery month from September 1997 to November 2009, Bob authored the Cowboys In Cyberspace page for the national Australian Country Music magazine Country Music Capital News. Since then  COWBOYS IN CYBERSPACE has continued on the World Wide Web with occasional print syndication.The aim of Cowboys In Cyberspace is to bring you the latest Country Music happenings on the Internet, DVD Reviews and more. You can read the columns on-line by clicking here…

Pictured right: the cover of the December 2004 issue of Capital News magazine that includes Bob’s photos of
and Southern Stars winners DONNA FISK & MICHAEL CRISTIAN.
Click on the cover to enlarge…

Bob Howe and Brenda Lee


Bob was honoured with The Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in the Lifetime Achievement Category.

The fourth annual Charlie Lamb Awards were presented during the International Country Music Conference at Belmont University in Nashville on Friday, 28 May 2004.

See the AWARDS page for more coverage, including a video of the presentation by Brenda Lee!

Pictured left:
Bob with ‘Little Miss Dynamite’…

Where Country Is by John Elliott

Where Country Is – the latest book from John Elliott brings the history of country music since 1985 alive and includes historical highlights, artists biographies and “over 200 of the best images ever taken”. The official book launch was a feature event at the 2006 Telstra Tamworth Country Music Festival. Bob was delighted that John Elliott (a fellow Charlie Lamb Award winner) chose two of Bob’s photographs for inclusion in his book – James Blundell’s triple win at the 2005 (Mildura) Southern Stars and Kasey Chambers 2004 double ARIA Award win. Published by Rural Press Limited.

Metro magazine cover
Issue 134 of Metro Magazine – Australia’s oldest, continuously published film and media magazine. Included is Bob’s 1500-word combined review of Clinton Walker’s book Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music (Pluto Press), the movie Buried Country (Andy Nehl, Film Australia) and the CD Buried Country: Original Film Soundtrack (Larrikin, 2000).

Bob began his music journalism with RAM (Rock Australia Magazine) back in 1976, writing album and concert reviews and feature stories. As well as now being a regular columnist in Capital News, his words and/or photos have appeared in other publications at various times including Metro, Country Update, Rhythms, Music Network, Encore, J.A.M.M., Across Country, Feedback and many more…

Below: A two-page photo feature on the 2001 Tamworth Festival from issue 23 of Country Update. Photos by Bob Howe

Country Update photo spread

Capital News page one, April 2001. Photo & story by Bob.

Capital News April 2001