The Kazzies 2018 Part 2

Nathaniel O’Brien Rising Star Award:


James Van Cooper

Riley Catherall

Rose Zita Falko

Benny Allen

Ben Leece

Renee Jonas

Blake O’Connor

Brad Cox

And the Purple Guitar Goes to

Riley Catherall


Rising Star Album:

Benny Allen: Never Knew I was Country

Rising Star EP – Riley Catherall – Venture in Vain

Hot Shots – Rose Zita Falko and Benny Allen


The Kazzies Part One 2018 – The Purple Guitars

Best International Album – Male


Rodney Crowell – Acoustic Classics

Joshua Hedley – Mr Jukebox

John Prine – Tree of Forgiveness

Jason Isbell – Live at The Ryman

Luke Combs – This One’s For You

And the Purple Guitar Goes to:

Joshua Hedley – Mr Jukebox

Best International Album – Female


Kelly Willis – Back Being Blue

Beth Nielsen Chapman – Hearts of Glass

Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I forgive You

Ashley Monroe – Sparrow

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Sometimes Just The Sky

Lori McKenna – The Tree

Kathy Mattea – Pretty Bird

Rosanne Cash – She Remembers Everything – Deluxe

Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great

Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere

And the winner is: Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere


The Kazzies – Purple Guitars 2018


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Welcome to The Kazzies – The Purple Guitars for 2018

Sit back and relax and enjoy the next 10 hours of awards. Some of these awards are OTT, others are well deserved, artistic awards and all of them are totally biased presentations to people whom I love and admire.  In other words, it is only my opinion. It is very difficult to get the nominations down to a few, let alone pick winners.

In my eyes – and ears – all of these folks are winners. I like to mix things up a little bit…do what they do on the clowns at the show (sorry Andrew Wrigglesworth), and hand every child a prize, or at least a mention.

Thank you to all of those artists who entertained me, informed me, made me think and feel and offered support, encouragement and friendship in 2018. It has been a wonderful year for Australian Country Music…..there has even been some good overseas releases.

I can only judge on what I have heard, what I have seen. I missed 5 gigs which I believe were pretty awesome, but I can only judge on what I have seen and heard myself.

So, let the games begin…..



Totally Biased Fan Review: She Remembers Everything – Rosanne Cash


My father doesn’t get heroworshippy over many people. I think that I can only think of four people who actually fall in to that category for him. John Wayne, his uncle Percy, Slim Dusty and a bloke called Johnny Cash. From my 20’s, I called Johnny, Rosanne Cash’s Dad, whenever Pa mentioned Johnny.

I love Johnny too, truth be known, but I always loved Rosanne’s music and I liked what she stood for – then and now. This is a powerhouse album. Like her Dad, she is never backwards in coming forward, leaving very few stones unturned. I have played this album many times since I bought it and I have been waiting for the right words to explain how I feel about the songs. The stand out track is the song that she wrote about her parents Everyone but Me.

I read a review where they said something very profound. She could not have written this album in the 80’s. Well, that seems a bit flip on the surface, but it actually makes a lot of sense. This is an album written by an artist and woman who has lived a life and a half. It was written by a songwriter who displays a maturity but with a fresh brush. There are subjects here that you can only talk about when you have lived it, when you have walked that country mile and when you are a survivor. The subject matter at times could not have been included in country songs in the 80’s, especially by a woman, but bravely and beautifully, Rosanne Cash delivers.

This is the deluxe version. I always buy the deluxe one if it is affordable, because you get a few extra tracks or information for not much more. Rosanne is joined on a track by one of her Dad’s best mates, Kris Kristofferson (my favourite American Country music songwriter of all time) and Elvis Costello. Colin Meloy and Sam Phillips also join her on some tracks.

There are some wonderful lyrics, gentle rhythms, twangy guitars and a woman singing at her finest ever on this album. I could wax lyrical for days about the songs on this album. It is pretty much a masterpiece, delivered by one of the best mistresses of song. These songs are powerful, haunting, thought provoking, with the ability to touch your heart and your soul. I love Rabbit Hole, Crossing to Jerusalem, Not Many Miles to Go, Every day feels like a new goodbye, The Parting Glass is a fitting end to the album.

Chalkie White commented on a review I did of his album this year when I said that he had me crying with some of the songs on his album. He said “Sorry, not sorry.” I am sure that Rosanne would say something similar. The thing that I love most about good music is the emotion that it brings. If it makes you laugh or cry, or remember, then the song and the songwriter have done their job well.

It is hard to be the daughter of a legend. People put extra pressure on you to perform at the highest level and you would have to prove to people that you are not just there because of your last name.

Rosanne proved long ago that she was a diamond, now she has kept us believing and she has an extra shine to her star. And despite many family gems, she stands out, still.

I’ll pay cash every time for this gal who deserves all the credit.

The Only Thing Worth Fighting For (feat. Colin Meloy)

The Undiscovered Country

8 Gods of Harlem (feat. Elvis Costello & Kris Kristofferson)

Rabbit Hole (feat. Colin Meloy)

Crossing to Jerusalem


Not Many Miles to Go

Everyone but Me

She Remembers Everything (feat. Sam Phillips)

Particle and Wave

My Least Favorite Life

Nothing but the Truth (Bonus Track)

Every Day Feels Like a New Goodbye (Bonus Track)


The Parting Glass (Bonus Track)

Released: Nov 2, 2018
Blue Note Records; ℗ 2018 Plainsong Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Capitol Records, LLC
Also Available in iTunes