Country Music Mums – Thank you

There are a whole heap of country music mums in Australia that I have been lucky enough to meet who have been behind their country music offspring and have helped them, supported them and cheered for them all the way. Some of them are in the business but many aren’t. The support of your parents and the rest of your family when you are more of a creative person than a “logical” and “practical” person is an interesting situation. I always had the support of my mum who also encouraged me to have something solid behind me in case my creative pursuits didn’t come to fruition.

Just as well! However, my love and respect go out to the mums of these wonderful folks that I have met and chatted with, and all the mums, wives and grandmothers of my country music buddies.  The clips are from ones that I know……or whom I have met. I know that there are many others.

Thanks for all you do. I forgot that I had met so many mums!

 

Special Mother’s Day Blog – for Mums, Grandmothers, Stepmothers, Aunties and Cousins (who are Mums) and for all the special ladies/women in our lives

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These are crazy times. Nothing is like it usually is. Those who usually have family gatherings on this special day, can’t do it in their regular way. With technology, we can stay in touch, and see each others faces and voices but it doesn’t replace a hug, sitting down in the family’s fave place and eating a meal together and chewing the fat. For some of us, many of us who lost someone special in the last year, mums, aunties, children, friends, it is a particularly different year and a difficult Mum’s Day. So here is to all of the beautiful ladies in our lives, past, present and future and let’s spend a little time together in cyberspace with some surprises and some interesting choices! It’s not all country.  Love to all.

As most of you know, I lost my Mum last year after a very long battle with a disease that she had for about 13 years. At first she still had some memories, but then everything went. Ma may have lost her memory, but I remember just about every moment that I have had with my mother. The good, the bad, the sometimes crazy, never dull life that I had with Janice Melliger Johnson. Thus, technically, this is the first Mother’s Day without her, though Ma had little concept of special days in the last few years of her life. She always made our days special while she was still going strong. She was an exceptional woman on many levels, and though we had our rough moments, we were pretty close, despite being different, living apart and having different kinds of lives. She taught me how to love. She taught me how to care and she accepted me for the ratbag, nutcase that I am. She gave me a love of music and the arts in general and encouraged my writing. We laughed a lot.  Thank you Ma

The following are songs that friends and family have requested for Mother’s Day, whether they be their favourites or songs for their Mums. I have added a few at the end.  They are not all country songs!

This one goes out to my cousin’s daughter-in-law or my 2nd cousin’s wife, Mary.

A good way to start the day:

Here’s a couple for my Aunty Patty. The second one is also for my two best friends, Cathy Ball and Tracey Cook. (mothers, and the latter is a grandmother!)

This is for Allan Caswell in memory of his Mum and my Mum and for all of those who are missing their mums today

This is for my cousin Narelle, a mother of two, and a true Dancing Queen

This is for my cousin Tan, mother of 3 hope this is the right one, Tan!

 

This is for cousin Roz, mother of 3, grandmother of 1 and a bit and my fellow 63 champion

Okay, going to go a bit up tempo here for my cousin’s daughter and her family – Happy Double Mums’ day Bec and Nat!

This is for my fellow country music tragic and fellow Lyn Bowtell fan – for you, Helen, mum and grandmother and for your late Mum.

This is for my dear friend, mother of two and grandmother, and well, it is for the legend, Wendy Wood

This is for a special lady, Gammy and in the memory of her Mum.

For Barb Morison for her Mum – and for being a good fur baby mum too!

For one of Country Music’s biggest fans, Lorraine Pfitzner

For My Aunty Di, Mum of 3, grandmother to 7, and one of my biggest supporters

For my Sister (the real one), Susan, one on request, one because I thought that she would like it and it is apt. She is the Mum of 2 beautiful boys.

For my friend, country singer, mum of lots, wife of a bloke who played for the Roosters and some other team and a funny lady.  Stacey Morris.

For my friend Jenny Keck, Mum, grandmother and Country Music nut.

For my Mum and for Uncle Normie  ( I couldn’t find the Col Joye one, sorry)

for Mrs D Caf, Melinda,  – one for her and one in memory of her Mum

We share two country music daughters, so I guess that I am a Mum of sorts, my friend, David Banks (the girls are Amber and Aleyce of course) this is for his Mum

 

For my friend, Kaylene in memory of her folks

 

for my partner in crime at 2RRR, Leonie

 

This is for my firey mate who likes chicken wings…and Christie Lamb. this is for his Mum, Frankie.

and for his nan, Coral Hope they like them, Nick

 

For my other country music daughter, Michelle Gardiner and her daughters

For my Tamworth buddy, Ruth Jones

For Alli Hale and Margaret Jones, sisters and women with excellent taste!

This second one is in memory of Michael’s mum, too.

John Dobson requested this because his Mum liked it

I think that he might like this one too….

This is for my wonderful and talented friend, Gina Timms

For my buddy, Lynne, in memory of her Mum

I think that Amanda Wright was being slightly cheeky here, but she is right. A song for women everywhere!

For my cousin, Toni, mother of one (and a very special one) –

 

Okay – I am going to do a proper tribute to my Mum on May 26, but here are some songs for some special folks

For my Granny 1903-1971

and for my mum

1934 – 2019

and just to finish off

and Mum’s favourite band other than the Eagles…. (no kidding, she loved Greedy Smith)

 

 

Special ANZAC Day Country Music Event

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Lest We Forget

 

I am a 60’s Aquarian child and I am in to peace and love and not war. However, we would not have these things if not for the brave soldiers, nurses, doctors and all of those who served in all of the wars, to protect us, to give us the freedoms that we have today and the sacrifices that they made are immeasurable. I think that it was Aristotle who said that as long as there are men, there will be wars. Without other men, there would not be peace. Thank you to all of those who fight for our freedom and for those who gave everything to give us something. A special thanks to my uncles, great uncles and to my beautiful, brave and amazing pseudo nephew, Elliott Cook. Thanks also to my cousin, Jake, who served in the RAAF and my cousin in law, Brian for his service in the navy.

Lest we forget.

Prine Time – My tribute to one of the greatest songwriters who ever lived.

Who doesn’t love the songs of John Prine. He survived cancer only to lose the battle for life to a crazy random disease which is spreading across the world. He was the songwriters’ songwriter.  The guy who introduced the world to Iris DeMent….I will be forever grateful for that one alone.
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In a short space of time, we have lost Joe Diffie, Kenny Rogers and now John. We thought 2019 was bad, 2020 is proving to be continuing in the same way.
With amazing musos, we always have their legacy of beautiful songs and in turn,  the way that they have passed on their amazing gifts and lessons to the next generation of awesome singer/songwriters.
My dear friend, Clelia Adams did a beautiful version of this songs, as have many. Bonnie Raitt has done some wonderful duos and versions of John’s songs.
A great song with Iris but many others have covered it including  our own Kirsty Lee Akers and Kevin and Kyra.
I am only scratching the surface here, with some of my Prine faves. The man gave us something that we will never be able to define in a few words or even by singing his songs and playing them over and over on our stereos.
My life has been enriched by John and the other artists who he has influenced and introduced me to. Thank you, Mr Prine for all that you have given us.

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Joe Diffie was 61. 4 years older than me. I loved his songs. I loved the 90’s Ameican Country Music. It was the best. It is more than that though. Someone said to me on Facebook the other day that they had loved his music but hadn’t hurt anything from him for a while. Times have changed.  The country music that Joe sang is quite different to the way it has evolved in America.

I was sad at work and people asked me why. I told them….usual response about country music – never heard of him. I said to you know a little show called Third Rock From The Sun? They said of course. Well, he sang the theme song.

Oh. The mood changed.

You don’t have to know country music to know Joe.

We lost him this week to the virus that is plaguing the world.

He became a dj and worked for various charity organizations, having a son with disabilities.

Joe produced one of my favourite albums ever in country music: A thousand winding roads. I own several of his albums, but this is my favourite.

He won lots of awards and was nominated for many more. I will always remember his beautiful songs and I am absolutely shattered to see him go.

Thank you for the music, Joe. I will always remember you.

 

Done and Dustyed…….Tamworth 2020

Hey all, Lots of the usual numbers are down, shouldn’t go because of water restrictions, etc, etc. As long as folks go for 2 minute showers and  bring water, what is the problem. Everything that I went to was packed to the rafters. We had storms and a bit of rain which does not break the drought, but helps a bit. Of the 79 types of country music, I think that I saw 65. It was a very different Tamworth for me in my home town.  I had 2 seven hour sessions with Leonie and 2RRR, which I am totally grateful for, it was a big honour for Leonie to entrust me with this show plus the 2RRR showcases and awards and the two ICMA gigs with Donna and co. I also was running around with the Sing the Phone Book Theory for Felicity and the girls…I was so proud to be a part of this. It will continue on throughout the year at Bruce’s House Concerts in Victoria, but together with Leonie’s pink bin, we raised 650 dollars for Fliss and her girls. The pics wil be presented to Fliss soon.

I did not go to the “big” concerts this year. I attended Goonga’s Girls for obvious reasons as I did the Music for Mates, but mainly I went to indies gigs and did a lot of the smaller indie gigs.

I was very impressed with Alexis and Suzie and Becci Nethery’s new music. They stood out for me. I loved the Family Circle gig at The Pub with Melody Moko, Natalie Henry, Lachlan Bryan, Catherine Britt, Kristy Cox and co.

Wonderful tribute to Goonga’s Girls – Fliss and her little ones were awesome. Lovely moments with Shane and Kasey and all of the others who so bravely performed.

Cornell and Carr put on an absolute beauty of a gig, and the love and energy were obvious.

A list of thank yous is huge…thanks to Benny Allen and Brendan Smoother for your uber services.

Alexis and Suzie were my beautiful surprise for the festival, along with the wonderful new material from Becci Nethery.

Ian Burns, you always are my brother from another mother, I hope your dear wife gets the closeness that we share, more like siblings!

Darren Colston, so very proud of you, you will rise again, one of my top 5 singer songwriters in this country and you are just awesome.  So excited about your new energy.

Cheryls Anderson (Andersonlane). Plural, you inspire me. You are awesome.

Gayle O’Neil and the Roadie and Melissa Robertson, you are my family. I love you.

Allan Caswell you are a legend and stuff what others think.

Thank you to Michael Brother  Waugh, Brad Butcher, and Col Finley for the most amazing songwriters in the round, I love you. You know why, I am so honoured.

Same with my Kazzie Male Artist of the year with Matt Ward, you son of a gun.

To Danielle Young, Renee Jonas, Benny Allen and Gina Timms, thank you for your wonderful support and talent. Thanks for helping with Sing the phone book theory for Felicity and the girls.

Always love hearing Carter and Carter.

Angus Gill took off Allan Caswell in one of the best moments.

I loved the Press sessions with Allison Forbes and co the best. So many great artists and a wonderful venue.

To Luke O’Shea’s Song House session….awesome, Allan Caswell’s songs that I wrote with Allan Caswell,  and all of the artists for entertaining me.

The Country Cares gig and The Midnight Murder Ballads were awesome gigs.

Special mention to Ladies of Country and the great gigs from The Weeping Willows with Hannah Aldridge and Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes with Brandon. Great Aunt were awesome at every gig.

Sally-Anne Whitten and Al and co. big hugs.

The biggest thing for me was the beautiful love from the Brendans, and being there for Katie’s 21st. I am so sorry that I couldn’t be there for Hayley Marsten and a lot of my faves, but I was a busy girl.

Big highlight was being a part of an interview with Roo Arcus. I was trying to be cool.  Music for Mates was important and deserved a bigger crowd.

Seeing Michael Bryers is always a treat.

A great mix of new and older talent and different styles. Thank you everybody who made my Tamworth extra special the awards were lovely but they are not why I do what I do. These awards are for you wonderful artists who I write and talk about. Seeing Michelle Gardiner, Dom Italiano and Benny Allen, Aaron and the like get recognition is the biggest reward for me.

Montgomery Church, Michael Carpenter and co, etc, all awesome. Aaron D’Arcy was on fire.

Loved the Brendans’ Breakfasts and Clint Wilson and Darren Colston together. Very awesome.

The folks that came up to me and thanked me for the little thing that I am trying to do was worth the world. Kevin Sullivan, Cheryls Anderson, lots of others.

I have a few album reviews coming up. stay tuned.

Love you all.

 

Love Kaz

2019 – Country Wrap

Hey everybody,

 

Ahead of wishing you all a happy new year, I want to thank you all for the fabulous music from both Australian and International Country Music folks and your friendship and inclusion in your  country family circle.

In essence, I am just a country music fan who is passionate about promoting and experiencing country music. I dips me lid to all of those who entertain us and those who support this beautiful genre.

I have had a rough year personally and professionally and music has seen me through it. I especially want to thank my Country Music Family in Victoria, not just musos but producers and fans and anyone involved in Country Music in Australia.

It was also good to see a resurgence of American country music, some by classic artists and others by those influenced by classic country artists.

I was lucky enough to be transported and accompanied by many country music fans, including Shirley Brown, Jenny Keck, Kaylene Pittaway, Cathy and John Dobson and Leonie  and  Clint Wilson and Bruce and Monica Nowack and many others who share my love for country music and want others to experience what we do. As does B and G Deshon and many others. And of course, Bruber. I wouldn’t have got to any of the gigs without him. Thank you to all

 

This year was the hardest ever for the Kazzies, which resulted in 105 categories and numerous artists in each one. It was such a boom year, which is an awesome headache to have.

I finally got to see my American male hero, Kris Kristofferson, which was just mind blowing after so many years of trying to see him and lots of amazing Australian artists.

Thanks to Cathy Dobson and Clint Wilson for allowing me on their 3MDR program and the great thrill of interviewing my Aussie Male Country hero in Mike Carr.

Thanks to Leonie for letting me do my 6am report on 2RRR every Saturday and my two guest appearances while I was in Sydney.

Tamworth was awesome, as it will be this year.

Sad to lose so many people in 2019 and also sad that so many awesome couples broke up. We can only hope that next year will be much brighter. On the other hand, so many folks had babies this year and new couples were formed.

So many great gigs, including Matt Ward (who was such a gem),  Gareth, Aaron, Lloyd, Rick, Hayley, Gretta, Michael Waugh, Swifty, Cornell and Carr, The Young Guns Reunion, Taste of Tamworth, Jetty Road and Della, Hannah Aldridge, the two Mikes and the enigmatic Khristian Mizzi, so many to rave on about, such a lucky gal to see all of these plus my dear friend, Sir Allan Caswell and Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, Imogen Clark, Shane Nicholson and of course my April Family, and Fanny, Catherine, the wonderful Melinda Schneider and so many others. Thank you all for making me feel a part of your music lives and for all the joy that you bring me.

To Darren Colston, Angus Gill, Emma Jene, and those who I would never thought that I would associate their names with country: Dom Italiano, Kelly Brouhaha, aforementioned Khristian Mizzi, some wonderful new artists like Michelle Gardiner, Aaron (who has been awesome), Anderson Lane, Ingrid Mae, Georgie, Brittany Elise and my usual country music daughters, Amber and Leyce.  I am so very fortunate to have these beautiful folks and many more in my lot.

Felicity. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

Beccy, you and my 50th anniversary were special. Forbesy, Sal, The Crosby Sisters, all my Tamworth mob

Wendy Wood, you are a legend.

 

Lots of love and beautiful memories amongst the sad days to all. Thank you for including me into your circle.

 

Cheers

Kaz

Summary of the Kazzies 2019

 

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For those who find the big list too painful, here is the “winners’ list”.

International Section:

International Female Vocal – Tanya Tucker

International Female Album – Tanya Tucker – While I’m Livin’

International Female Song – Bring My Flowers Now – Tanya Tucker

International Male Vocal – Vince Gill

International Male Album – Okie – Vince Gill

International Male Song – Mornings in Memphis – Justin Townes Earle

Group or Duo Album – Women and Trains – Reverie Lane

Group or Duo – Reverie Lane

Group or Duo – Song – Crowded Table – Highwomen

International Shower Song – Before the Rice hits the Ground – Reverie Lane

Australian ( and a couple of Kiwis) Kazzies

Peer/Fan voted

Best dressed Male – Brad Butcher

Best Dressed Female – Amber Lawrence

Best Dressed Band – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Best Dressed Duo – The Weeping Willows

Special Mentions to Shelley Minson ad The Cruisin’ Deuces

Best Smelling Male 

Rick Hart, Mark Piepers and honorary mention to Kerry Kennedy

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Super Fans: Bruber, Gammy, Les, Jenny, Kaylene, The Naylors, Jacinta, Bruce and Monica Nowak and the rest of the Melbourne Mob.

Slim Dusty Road Hogs

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller

Fanny Lumsden and Co

Becy Cole and The Road Crew

Catherine Britt

Gayle O’Neill

Flag Flyers

The French Family, Tamara Stewart, Keith Urban, Morgna Evans, Diana Corcoran, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, The Weeping Willows, Troy Kemp, 8 Ball Aitken, Michael Fix, and Steve Passfield

Collaboration

Tie: Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller – Second Hand

Clint Wilson and Jen Mize – One Button at a time

Road Song – The Road – Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes

Best Wearer of a Cowboy hat – Ben Mastwyk

Rob Wilson All Rounder – Michael Carpenter

Wendy Wood Shower Song – Gayle O’Neill – Open Arms

Tv/Music Presentations – Out in the Country – Mark and Mary Piepers

and The Recording Studio – ABC Tv

Video – Cornell and Carr – Things I Leave Behind

Male songwriter of the Year – Michael Waugh

Female Songwriter of the year – Felicity Urquhart

Phil Emmanuel/ Tom Fauvette  Muso of the Year –

Female: Chelsea Allen

Male Damian Cafarella

Best Drinking Song – Whiskey Song – Tie: Drowning in the Whiskey – Andy Penkow and George and Jack – Ian Burns

Best Drinking Song – All other Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic drinking songs – Water over Wine – Natalie Henry

Celtic Flavoured Country Song – We’d Prefer You Pay in Cash – Angus Gill

Off the Cuff Album – Some Other Morning – Khristian Mizzi

Bluegrass Release – Bad Politics – Allan Caswell and Damian Cafarella

If Ned Kelly and Waylon Jennings had a baby Outlaw award: Rory Ellis

The HHHottest country song of the year award – One Button at a time – Jen Mize and Clint Wilson

All Australian Song – Sing Me A Story – Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell

Stan Coster Fair Dinkum All Australian Album – Tie – The Weir – Michael Waugh and Aussie As – Matt Scullion

Best Venues: The Mantra, Yarraville, The Press Club Tamworth and The Union Hotel, Brunswick

The Artists Helping Artists Award : The Long and The Short of It

Nathaniel O’Brien Rising Star Male – Nathan Seeckts

Rising star Male Song – Three Brothers – Nathan Seeckts

Kate Cook Rising Star Female – Katie Bates

Rising Star Female song – Hey Honey – Georgie Taylor

Jack In the Box Male – Dom Italiano

Jack in The Box Female – Katie Bates

Country Blues Album Male – Aaron D’Arcy – Charcoal and Ash

Country Blues Album Female – Kelly Brouhaha – Self Titled Album

Country Rock Album Male – Luke Dickens – After The Rain

Country Rock Album Female – Christie Lamb – Broken Lines

Country Soultry Album – Mat Black – Trucker Caps and Heart Attacks

Country Folk Album –  Male – Kelly Cork – Where I’m Going

Country Folk Album – Female – Claire Anne Taylor – All the Words

Best Covers Song – I’ll Be Home Soon – Gary Ellis and Tessa Libreri

Traditional Album – Welcome to My Heart – Angus Gill

Traditional Song – Tumbleweed – Roo Arcus

Most Liked/Shared Totally Biased Fan Review – Charcoal and Ash – Aaron D’Arcy  in a tight finish with Khristian Mizzi’s Some Other Morning

Best River song – River – Kelly Brouhaha

Best Train Song – Train to Godforsaken – Allan Caswell

Karl Broadie More than a song song – Tie – In the Cards – Angus Gill and Blue had You by The April Family

Best Song containing names of famous people: Cash – Gina Jeffreys

Audrey Auld Courage Awards – Jason Kemp, Felicity Urquhart, Bob Browne, Clelia Adams, Cazna Goodall, Jane E Robertson, The Bobkatz, Rodney Walker, Carter and Carter, Wendy Wood, Keri McInerney and Col Finley

Best Gigs – Tamworth – Woman Enough – Melody Moko, Fanny Lumsden, Catherine Britt, Natalie Henry, Gretta Ziller

Lyn Bowtell, Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and Tania Kernaghan

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Brad Butcher and Felicity Urquhart

Allison Forbes Medicine Shows

Best Gig (for the Vibe) – The Matt Ward Melbourne Album Launch and Gareth Leach and the Drunken Poachers – The Retreat

Most Unique Gig –

Carter and Carter, Megan Sidwell and Fred Smith – Songwriters in the Round – Tamworth Services Club

Best Quotes – Too Many!

Best Album Cover Art – Kristy Arthurson for Khristian Mizzi album Some Other Morning

Best Speech – Beccy Cole, accepting Golden Guitar for Best Female Vocal

Best Country Radio Show – Tie – Jukebox Junkie – Beth Brown and The Breakfast Show with Cathy Dobson and Clint Wilson

John Minson Best Radio Presenter – Leonie McClure

Best Country Music Radio Station – 2RRR – Leonie, Terry, Ronnie Boy and all the gang

Mall of Fame – Lyn Bowtell, Kevin Johnson and Glen Hannah

Humanitarian – Big Purple Heart Awards – Lyn Bowtell, Gina Timms, Dani Young, Wendy Wood, Leonie McClure, Amber Lawrence, Andrew Swift (for his work with the Dog on the Tuckerbox), Daniel Thompson, Melinda Schneider and Ryan Daykin

Special Kazzies: Katie Jayne for instigating the post on here recognizing Singles in The Single Life.

Purple Moments –

Adam and Brooke explaining the difference between Collaboration and Duo at the GG’s

Michael Waugh singing to his Mum at Maffra

Imogen Clark and the words that she said to me on the Red Carpet at the GGs

Swifty’s wins at the GGs

The beautiful connection that our country music family has.

Concept Album – Matt Ward – Heartland (Male) Hayley Marsten – Spectacular Heartbreak – (female)

Best House Concert – Shane Nicholson, Swifty and Michael Waugh – Jenny Keck’s House

Best Gigs – Fanny Lumsden (Female) Spotted Mallard

Khristian Mizzi (Male) Caravan Club

The April Family (band) with Rose and Mitch at Kym Poole’s house

Cornell and Carr (Duo) the Mantra

Special Events: The Young Stars of Country – 20 Years Reunion – Warragul – Beccy, Adam, Darren and Fliss and Taste of Tamworth at Moe RSL – Carter and Carter, The Weeping Willows, Jayne Denham and Della Harris

The Glen Hannah Best Producer – Matt Fell

Band Album – The April Family – House of Cards

Duo Album – Smith and Jones – Something Worth Learning

Female EEP – Georgie Taylor – The Deep

Male EEP – Ryan Daykin – Keeping Secrets

Female EP Tie – I wish you enough – Wendy Wood and Michelle Gardiner – self titled

Duo Song – Things I leave behind – Cornell and Carr

Male Song – Better Man – Matt Ward

Female song – Chain of Joy – Felicity Urquhart

Male Album – Tie – Some Other Morning – Khristian Mizzi and Heartland – Matt Ward

Female Album – Tie – Apple and Pride – Natalie Henry and Spectacular Heartbreak – Hayley Marsten

Best Duo – Cornell and Carr

Best Band – The April Family

Best Band song – Route 33 with Sarah McLeod – Hands of Time

Best Male Vocal – Matt Ward

Best Female Vocal: Gina Jeffreys

Best album of the Year (all categories) Spectacular Heartbreak – Hayley Marsten

Best song (all categories)Things I Leave Behind – Cornell and Carr

Entertainer of the Year – Beccy Cole

Best Self Promoter – Benny Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kazzies – Purple Air Guitars 2019

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Welcome to The Kazzies for 2019.

My name is Kaz Johnson and I am a country music fan – in fact, I am a music fan in general. I call them the Kazzies not to be egotistical, but to claim them as my own judgements. I have been lucky enough to be raised in what Adam Harvey calls the “two Hillbilly Heavens” in Australia, Tamworth and The Central Coast. Sometimes, in Tamworth, as a teenager, I may have cringed and stuck my fingers in my ears at some of the music back then, but that all changed, and in fact a lot of music that I listened to (mainly folk, 60’s rock and Blues) had connections to country music.

Country Music has evolved in Australia, and according to an email that I received a few years ago post Tamworth from the TCMF, there are 79 types.  I try to listen to all of them and keep my opinions broad and open like the genre is itself.

I have met many friends through country music, and I am a very minor part of a major country music family. Coming from Tamworth and Gosford, and being born at the foot of the Blue Mountains, this now Victorian based fan has been blessed with some amazing music and I have been able to review albums, go to gigs and even appear on some community radio stations.

This year’s Kazzies are bigger than ever. They reward many who never get a mention or only quietly. They are actually being announced a week later than usual, because there are so many categories and I have been busy with my “real” job. It is hard to give an award to everybody, let alone single out a few. As always, I have an International section, which is also a bit bigger this year, thanks to some great comebacks and some new musos who are harking back to what country should be in America.

There are very few rules, but there are some, as I have to have some guidelines. First and foremost, this is my opinion, save two novelty awards which were judged by musos and fans and I don’t usually do that, but that was fun. I love all of these guys and gals, otherwise, they wouldn’t feature in my Totally Biased Fan Reviews. I do hope that you realise that even though I can’t play or sing, I try to write fairly and honestly.

The rules are basic:

All music has been reviewed by me during the last year – (since the last Kazzies in December, 2018 until now).

Gigs are based on gigs that I have been to all music is based on music that I have listened to and/or reviewed.

My awards are judged on albums that have been released in this last year, not necessarily singles. This can be confusing to some, as some singles have been released this year off albums that have been released outside the time period. Unfortunately, they do not come into contention, in  fact, in a lot of cases, they were nominated in last year’s Kazzies.

There are two awards that were open for public opinion and mainly judged by other artists. These were two novelty awards. Thank you for your opinions.

This is my way of thanking all of those who have brought me great joy and who have helped me through some tough times too. Some of you may discover new music, or be reminded of how much wonderful talent we have.

 

International Section:

Female Vocal:

Nominations:

Reba McEntire

Amanda Cook

Allison Moorer

Hannah Aldridge

Trisha Yearwood

Sheryl Crow

Aly Cook

Tanya Tucker

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International Female Album:

Nominations:

Stronger Than The Truth – Reba McEntire

Point of No Return – Amanda Cook

Blood – Allison Moorer

LIVE in Black and White – Hannah Aldridge

Every Girl – Trisha Yearwood

Caught in the Middle – Aly Cook

While I’m Livin’ – Tanya Tucker

Threads – Sheryl Crow

And the Purple guitar goes to:

While I’m Livin’ Tanya Tucker

International Female Song

Nominations:

Bring My Flowers Now – Tanya Tucker

Stronger Than the Truth – Reba McEntire

Nobody’s Perfect – Sheryl Crow featuring Emmylou Harris

I’ll Carry You Home – Trisha Yearwood

Heal – Allison Moorer

Goldrush – Hannah Aldridge

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Tanya Tucker – Bring my Flowers now

 

 

International Male Vocal

Nominations:

Rodney Crowell

Vince Gill

George Strait

Justin Townes Earle

Phil Doublet

Darryl Worley

Richard Lynch

Bruce Springsteen

And the purple air guitar goes to:

Vince Gill

International Male Album

Okie – Vince Gill

Three Crows – Phil Doublet

Second Wind – Darryl Worley

Texas – Rodney Crowell

Honky Tonk Machine – George Strait

Think I’ll Carry it on – Richard Lynch

Western stars – Bruce Springsteen

The Saint of Lost Causes – Justin Townes Earle

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Okie – Vince Gill

International Male Song

Nominations:

A world without Haggard – Vince Gill

Old Violin – George Strait

Mornings in Memphis – Justin Townes Earle

Pray on the Radio – Richard Lynch

Deep in the heart of Uncertain Texas -Rodney Crowell and friends

Tucson Train – Bruce Springsteen

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Mornings in Memphis – Justin Townes Earle

International Group or Duo album

Nominations:

Breakdown on 20th Avenue South – Buddy and Julie Miller

Blue Roses – Runaway June

The Barker Family Band EP – The Barker Family Band featuring Sara Evans

The Highwomen – The Highwomen

Women and Trains – Reverie Lane

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Women and Trains – Reverie Lane

 

International Group or Duo

Buddy and Julie Miller

Runaway June

The Barker Family Band including Sara Evans

The Highwomen

Reverie Lane

And the purple air guitar goes to:

Reverie Lane

Duo/Band Song

Nominations –

Crowded Table – Highwomen

Blue Roses – Runaway June

When Love Walks In – Reverie Lane

Can’t Cry Hard Enough – Buddy and Julie Miller

The View – Barker Family

The Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Crowded Table – Highwomen

 

International Shower Song:

Nominations:

Redesigning Women – Highwomen

Before The Rice Hit the Ground – Reverie Lane

Buy My Own Drinks – Runaway June

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Buddy and Julie Miller

Mustang Ridge – Tanya Tucker

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Reverie Lane – Before the Rice Hit the Ground

 

Australian Awards:

Peer and Fan Voted:

Best Dressed: 

Male: Brad Butcher

Female: Amber Lawrence

Band : Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Duo: The Weeping Willows

special mention to Shelly Minson and The Cruisin’ Deuces

Best Smelling Country Music Male Personalities:
Rick Hart, Mark Piepers and an honorary mention to Kerry Kennedy.

The Purple Guitars: Australian.

Super Fans

Bruce “Bruber”, Gammy, Les, Jenny, Kaylene, The Naylors, Jacinta, Bruce and Monica Nowak and the rest of the Melbourne mob.
In the Tradition of Slim Dusty Road Hogs Awards:

Winners:

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller

Fanny Lumsden and co.

Beccy Cole and the road crew

Catherine Britt

Gayle O’Neill
Flag Flyers

The French Family

Tamara Stewart

Keith Urban

Morgan Evans

Diana Corcoran

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

The Weeping Willows

Troy Kemp

Michael Fix

Steve Passfield

 

 

Collaboration

Nominations:

Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell Sing Me A Story
Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller Second Hand
Gina Jeffreys and Lee Kernaghan – He Still Wants to Dance with Her
Felicity Urquhart and Karl Broadie – Slow it Down
Clint Wilson and Jen Mize – One Button At A Time
Angus Gill and James Blundell – Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Believe

Aaron D’Arcy and Dani Young – Postcards

Ryan Daykin and Aleyce Simmonds – Arms Length

Luke Dickens and Adam Harvey – Hung Up On You

Route 33 and Sarah McLeod – Hands of Time

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller – Second Hand and Clint Wilson and Jen Mize for One Button at a time (tough category)

Best Road Song:

Nominations:

Running on Empty – Aaron D’Arcy

The Road – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Wrong Turn, Right – Liam Kennedy-Clark

One Headlight On – Andy Penkow

Highway Through The Snow – Bill Chambers

Forever Road – Luke Dickens

300 Miles – Ian Burns

Open Road – Kelly Brouhaha

Down The Road – Kelly Cork

Big – Matt Scullion

Big Things – Michael Waugh

Drive – Bec Willis

Navigate – Sophia Chesworth

HItchhiker – Tom Curtain

Drifting – Wagons

This Road – April Family

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

The Road – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Man who wears a cowboy hat best: Outright winner!

Ben Mastwyk

The Rob Wilson All Rounder Award

(for someone who writes, plays, sings, produces etc)

Nominations:

Angus Gill

Michael Carpenter

Felicity Urquhart

Alwyn Aurisch

Damian Cafarella

Lachlan Bryan

And the purple guitar goes to: Michael Carpenter

Wendy Wood Purple Mic Shower Song (Australian)

Nominations:

Hell to Hallelujah – Amber Lawrence

Friends like these – The April Family

Choosy – Ingrid Mae

Open Arms – Gayle O’Neill

Hillbilly Cider – Jed Zarb and Dani Young

I Give My Heart To You – Aaron D’Arcy

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Open Arms – Gayle O’Neill

Television/ Music presentations: Winners:

Out in The Country  – Mark and Mary Youtube

The Recording Studio – ABC Television
Video:

Cornell and Carr: Things I Leave Behind
Swift and Ziller  Second Hand
Amber Lawrence Hell to Hallelujah
Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell Sing Me A Story
Jetty Road: Bumps and Bruises
Matt Scullion: Aussie As

And The Purple Air Guitar Goes To:

Cornell and Carr – Things I Leave Behind

 

Male Songwriter of the Year:
Michael Waugh

Female Songwriter of the Year:
Felicity Urquhart
Phil Emmanuel/Tom Fauvette Musos of the year:
Female: Chelsea Allen (Great Aunt and guesting with most bands around Melbourne – can play anything)
Male: Damian Cafarella (no introduction needed)

Best Drinking Song: Two Categories:

Best Whiskey Song

Nominations:

Intervention – Emma Jene

Drowning in the Whiskey – Andy Penkow

Drink it Up – Aaron D’Arcy

My Whiskey and Me – Peter Dawson

George and Jack – Ian Burns

Whiskey Drunk – Nathan Seeckts

Best Friend is Whiskey – Ian Burns

Hella good time – Jase Lansky

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Drowning in the Whiskey – Andy Penkow  and George and Jack – Ian Burns

 

Best Drinking Song or one which includes mention of  other alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages

Nominations:

Cry in your Beer – Hayley Marsten

Red Wine, White Dress – Hayley Marsten

Blame it on the wine – Renee Jonas

Last Drinks – Michael Waugh

Must Have Been the Wine – Della Harris

Champagne – The April Family

Water over Wine – Natalie Henry

We’d Prefer You Pay In Cash – Angus Gill

 

Hillbilly Cider – Jed Zarb with Dani Young

Bottom of an Empty Bottle – Liam Kennedy Clark

Tenderness and Alcohol – The Maes

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Water over wine – Natalie Henry

Celtic Country Song:

Nominations:

We’d Prefer You Pay in Cash – Angus Gill

On this fine occasion – Brendan McMahon

Beer Drinking Song – Ian Burns

Catherine Hill – Ashleigh Dallas

And the purple guitar goes to:

Angus Gill – We’d Prefer you pay in Cash

 

Off the Cuff Album

Some Other Morning – Khristian Mizzi

Bluegrass Release:

Nominations:

Bad Politics – Allan Caswell and Damian Cafarella

Champagne – The April Family

Sweetwater – Rod McCormack

Yesterday’s Heartache – Kristy Cox

And the purple air banjo goes to:

Bad Politics – Allan Caswell and Damian Cafarella

If Ned Kelly and Waylon Jennings had a baby Outlaw Award

Rory Ellis

The “Hhhottest” country song of the year award

One Button at a time – Jen Mize and Clint Wilson

 

All Australian Song

Nominations:

Aussie As – Matt Scullion

Big Things – Michael Waugh

That’s How I Remember You Best – Bill Chambers

Mannuem Falls – Tom Curtain

Dirt Farm Outlaw – Adam Toms

Wish A Storm On You – Angus Gill

Freshwater Lady – Brad Butcher

Train to Godforsaken – Allan Caswell
Sing Me A Story – Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell

And the purple guitar goes to:

Sing Me A Story – Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell
Stan Coster Fair Dinkum All Australian Album

Nominations:

We’re Still Here – Tom Curtain

Aussie As – Matt Scullion

Raindance – Sara Storer

The Reason – Peter Dawson

Warries: Fred Smith

The Weir: Michael Waugh

And the purple guitar goes to:

Tie: The Weir – Michael Waugh and Aussie As – Matt Scullion

Best Venue

Winners

The Mantra, Yarraville

The Press Club – Tamworth

The Union Hotel – Brunswick

The Artists helping Artists Award:

Winner: The Long and Short of It – Patsy and David

 

Nathaniel O’Brien  Rising Star Male

Nominations:

Nathan Seeckts

Liam Kennedy Clark

Gareth Leach

Ryan Daykin

And the Purple Guitar goes to: 

Nathan Seeckts

Rising Star Male Song

Ryan Daykin – The Way She Loved Me

Nathan Seeckts – Three Brothers

Mason Hope – The River

Liam Kennedy- Clark – Bottom of an Empty Bottle

And the Purple Guitar goes to: 

Three Brothers – Nathan Seeckts

 

Kate Cook Rising Star Female

Nominations:

Katie Bates

Georgie Taylor

Brittany- Elise

Michelle Gardiner

Sophia Chesworth

And the purple guitar goes to:

Katie Bates

Rising Star Female Song – 

Nominations:

Dorothy May – Brittany Elise

Polka dot dress – Katie Bates

Hey Honey – Georgie Taylor

More – Cassidy Rae

Sing Me A Memory – Michelle Gardiner

And the Purple Air Guitar Goes to:

Hey Honey – Georgie Taylor

 

Jack in the Box Male (Where the Hell have you been – Out of the Blue Artist) – Dom Italiano

Jack in the Box Female (Out of the Blue Artist and then she’s everywhere) – Katie Bates

Country Blues Album Male Aaron D’Arcy Charcoal and Ash
Country Blues Album Female Kelly Brouhaha  Self titled
Country Rock Album Male : Luke Dickens: After The Rain

Country Rock Album Female: Christie Lamb – Broken Lines

Country Soultry Album _ Mat Black – Trucker Caps and Heart Attacks

Country Folk Album Male: Kelly Cork – Where I’m Going

Country Folk Album Female: Claire Anne Taylor – All The Words

Best Covers Song:

Nominations:

I’ll Be Home soon -Gary Ellis and Tessa Libreri

House of the Rising Sun – Emma Beau

Steal Your Love – Aly Cook

Country Lovin’ – Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad

You Belong To Me – Kel-Anne Brandt

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

I’ll Be Home Soon – Gary Ellis and Tessa Libreri

Traditional Album

Nominations:

This Girl – Anderson Lane

Holy Smoke – Ingrid Mae

Welcome To My Heart – Angus Gill

1952 – Bill Chambers

Reflection – Ashleigh Dallas

Another Habit – Liam Kennedy Clark

Fingerprints – Rod McCormack

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to: 

Angus Gill – Welcome to My Heart

Traditional Song:

Tumbleweed: Roo Arcus

Dirt Farm Cowboy – Adam Toms

Saloons n Outlaws – Ingrid Mae

Mamma – Kerryn Fields

Back to the Country – Matt Ward

I saw Mumma crying – Anderson Lane

Wish a storm on you – Angus Gill

And the purple air guitar goes to:

Roo Arcus – Tumbleweed

 

Most Liked/Shared Review:

(this is the only statistical award. Based on how many “hits” there have been on the blog)

Aaron D’Arcy Charcoal and Ash

tightly followed by Khristian Mizzi  Some Other Morning

Best River Song

Nominations:

Home by The River – Ria Brcic

Down To The River – Emma Beau

River – Kelly Brouhaha

River Bend – Kelly Cork

Living on The River – 8 Ball Aitken

The River – Ian Burns

And The Purple Guitar goes to:

River – Kelly Brouhaha

Best Train Song:

Train to Godforsaken – Allan Caswell

Railman’s Song – Mat Black

Keep Rollin’ – Blake O’Connor

The Train Song – Smith and Jones

End of the tunnel – Amber Lawrence

The Station – Rory Ellis

And the Purple Air Guitar Goes to:

The Train to Godforsaken – Allan Caswell

 

Karl Broadie More than a song song

I could Dance with You – Aleyce Simmonds

I get it now – Amber Lawrence

Cold Wind – Aly Cook

Room At The Table – Gina Jeffreys

Blue had you – The April Family

In The Cards – Angus Gill

The Letter – Rory Ellis

Hands of Time – Route 33 with Sarah McLeod

If You Could See Me Now – Cornell and Carr

And the Purple Guitar goes to: Tie: In the Cards – Angus Gill and Blue had you – The April Family
Best Song written about or containing the name/s of famous people

Nominations:

James Dean – Anderson Lane

This Song Reminds Me – Michael Waugh

Hole in My Heart – Jeff Gibson

Time Travelling Gypsy – Karin Page

Cash – Gina Jeffreys

She Gave Us the Song – Tom Curtain

I Walk The Line Revisited – Brad Butcher

Stanley and Slim – Peter Dawson

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Cash – Gina Jeffreys

 

Audrey Auld Courage Awards

Jason Kemp

Felicity Urquhart

Bob Browne

Clelia Adams

Cazna Goodall

Jane E Robertson

The Bobkatz

Rodney Walker

Wendy Wood

Keri McInerney

Col Finley

 

Best gigs Tamworth

Winners:

Woman Enough – Melody Moko, Fanny Lumsden, Catherine Britt, Gretta Ziller and Natalie Henry at The Albert

Lyn Bowtell, Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys, Tania Kernaghan at Blazes

Lock the Gate Concert – Allan Caswell and a cast of thousands – Tamworth Town Hall

Brad Butcher and Felicity Urquhart  Blazes

Allison Forbes and friends Medicine Shows – Press Club

Best gig (for the vibe)

Tie: Matt Ward album Launch, Melbourne and Gareth Leach and the Drunken Poachers at The Retreat, Brunswick

Most unique gig

Carter and Carter, Megan Sidwell and Fred Smith – Songwriters in the Round – Tamworth Services Club.
Quotes of the Year

There were a lot of great quotes this year, most of which I cannot repeat!

Best Album Cover Art:

Kristy Arthurson – Some Other Morning – Khristian Mizzi

Best Speech of the year:

Beccy Cole accepting Golden Guitar for Best Female Vocal
Best Country Radio Show

Nominations:

Three Chords and the Truth – Jen Mize and Paddy McHugh

The Breakfast Show with Cathy Dobson and Clint Wilson

Jukebox Junkie – Beth Brown

My Kinda Country – Leonie McClure

All Kinds of Country – Barbara Morison

And the Purple Guitar Goes to: Tie

Jukebox Junkie – Beth Brown and The Breakfast Show with Cathy Dobson and Clint Wilson
John Minson Best Radio Presenter/Presenters

Nominations:

Paddy McHugh and Jen Mize

Beth Brown

Leonie McClure

Ronnie Boy

Clint Wilson and Cathy Dobson

Vickiree Melouney

Barbara Morison

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Leonie McClure
Best  Country Music Radio Station

2RRR – Leonie, Terry, Ronnie Boy etc.
Mall of Fame Entrants

Lyn Bowtell, Kevin Johnson, Glen Hannah

Humanitarian Awards – Big Purple Heart Awards

Winners: Lyn Bowtell, Gina Timms, Dani Young,Wendy Wood, Leonie McClure, Amber Lawrence, Andrew Swift (for saving our favourite dog!), Daniel Thompson, Melinda Schneider, Ryan Daykin. You guys know why.

Special Kazzie for thinking of those who just release singles – This lead to the Single Life Posts. – to Katie Jayne

My Purple Moments awards

Adam and Brooke explaining the difference between Collaboration and Duo awards at the Golden Guitars

Michael Waugh singing to his Mum with Gretta and the boys at Maffra

Conversation with Imogen Clark on the Red Carpet, Golden Guitars

Swifty winning those Golden Guitars

To all of those in my country music family, especially the Victorian mob, thank you for providing so many wonderful moments.

Concept Album – Winners:

(A concept album is when a whole album revolves around a continuing story or idea – Past winners have included Craig Stewart’s Frontier, Angus Gill’s Nomad and Cathy Dobson’s Tales from a suburban housewife.)

Male:

Matt Ward  – Heartland

Female:

Hayley Marsten – Spectacular Heartbreak

Best House Concert

Shane Nicholson, Andrew Swift and Michael Waugh at Jenny Keck’s.

 

Best Gigs:

Fanny Lumsden (Female) Spotted Mallard

Khristian Mizzi (Male)  Caravan Club

The April Family (Band)  with Rose Zita Falko and Mitch Power – Kym Poole House Concert

Cornell and Carr (Duo) The Mantra

Special Event – The Young Stars of Country 20 Year Reunion –  Beccy Cole, Felicity Urquhart, Adam Harvey, Darren Coggan (Warragul)

and: Taste of Tamworth – Moe RSL – Carter and Carter, The Weeping Willows, Jayne Denham and Della Harris
The Glen Hannah Best Producer Award:

(Sadly, we lost our Glen this year. He was a fine producer and musician. He produced his wife Felicity’s album this year. I hope that this little re-naming of the award after him shows how much we all respected him in a small way)

Nominations:

Michael Carpenter

Damian Cafarella

Matt Fell

Angus Gill

Shane Nicholson

Rod McCormack

The Purple Air Guitar goes to:  Matt Fell

Band Album

Nominations:

House of Cards – The April Family

Songs from The Aftermath – Wagons

Because We Can – Jetty Road

Coro Drive – Route 33

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to: The April Family – House of Cards

Duo Album

Nominations:

Something Worth Learning – Smith And Jones

We Go Way Back – Cornell and Carr

The Maes – The Maes

Feel The Breeze – Country Lovin’

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Something Worth Learning – Smith and Jones

Female EEP

Nominations:

Truth and Trickery – Paula Standing

Replay – Sophia Chesworth

The Deep – Georgie Taylor

Something More – Brittany Elise

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

The Deep – Georgie Taylor

Male EEP

The Purple Air guitar goes to:

Keeping Secrets – Ryan Daykin

 

Female EP

Joint winners:

I wish you enough – Wendy Wood and

Michelle Gardiner self titled EP

Duo Song

Nominations:

As I Am – Smith and Jones

Things I Leave Behind – Cornell and Carr

Feel The Breeze – Country Lovin’

Country’s What I am – Alan and Trace

Tenderness and Alcohol – The Maes

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to: Things I Leave Behind – Cornell and Carr
Male Song

Nominations:

I’m All In – Brad Butcher

In the Cards – Angus Gill

Better Man – Matt Ward

The Bed That You Made – 8 Ball Aitken

If I Said I Didn’t Love You – Ian Burns

Some other Morning – Khristian Mizzi

Like I Used To – Michael Waugh

Three Soldiers – Nathan Seeckts

Another Tinsel Town – Rod McCormack

Aussie As – Matt Scullion

And the Purple Guitar goes to: Matt Ward – Better Man
Female Song

Nominations:

Outrageous – Amber Lawrence

Who I Am Today – Natalie Henry

Catherine Hill – Ashleigh Dallas

Milestones – Gina Jeffreys

Open Arms – Gayle O’Neill

Chain of Joy – Felicity Urquhart

If I’m not here in the morning – Kelly Brouhaha

(I don’t wanna be) Your Baby Now – Peta Caswell

Sing Me A Memory – Michelle Gardiner

We’re All In It Together – Christie Lamb

Library on Livingstone Street – Wendy Wood

And the Purple Guitar goes to: 

Chain of Joy – Felicity Urquhart
Male Album

Nominations:

Trucker Caps and Heart Attacks – Mat Black

The Weir – Michael Waugh

Where I’m Going – Kelly Cork

Swamp Blues 2 – 8 Ball Aitken

Two Sides of Me – Ian Burns

The Heart Of The City – Nathan Seeckts

Heartland – Matt Ward

Welcome to My Heart – Angus Gill

Some Other Morning – Khristian Mizzi

Aussie As – Matt Scullion

And the Purple Guitar goes to: Tie: Some Other Morning – Khristian Mizzi and Heartland – Matt Ward
Female Album

Nominations:

Apple and Pride – Natalie Henry

Frozen Rabbit – Felicity Urquhart

Spark – Amber Lawrence

Reflection – Ashleigh Dallas

Beautiful Tangle – Gina Jeffreys

Spectacular Heartbreak – Hayley Marsten

Erosion – Emma Jene

Resignation – Harmony James

Kelly Brouhaha – Kelly Brouhaha

Broken Lines – Christie Lamb

And the purple air guitar goes to:  Tie: Apple and Pride – Natalie Henry and Spectacular Heartbreak – Hayley Marsten

Duo

Nominations:
Cornell and Carr
Smith and Jones
The Maes
Great Aunt
Alan and Trace
The Long and The Short of It

And the Purple Guitar goes to: Cornell and Carr
Band

Nominations:
The April Family
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Wagons
Jetty Road
Route 33
Rattlin’ Cane

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

The April Family

Band Song:

Nominations:

Bumps and Bruises – Jetty Road

Adelaide – The April Family

The Road – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Drifting – Wagons

Hands of Time – Route 33 with Sarah McLeod

And the purple air guitar goes to:

Route 33 with Sarah McLeod – Hands of Time

 

Male Vocal
Angus Gill
Matt Ward
Michael Waugh
Khristian Mizzi
Matt Scullion
Mat Black
Nathan Seeckts
Ian Burns

Kelly Cork

8 Ball Aitken

And the purple air guitar goes to:

Matt Ward

Female
Gina Jeffreys
Amber Lawrence
Felicity Urquhart
Ashleigh Dallas
Kelly Brouhaha
Hayley Marsten
Natalie Henry
Emma Jene

Harmony James

Christie Lamb

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to:

Gina Jeffreys

Album of the Year: Best Album (From all Categories)

And the Purple Air Guitar goes to: 

Spectacular Heartbreak – Hayley Marsten

Best Song (From All Categories)

Things I leave behind – Cornell and Carr

 

Entertainer of the Year:

Nominations:

Beccy Cole

Melinda Schneider

Amber Lawrence

Andrew Swift

Angus Gill

And the purple guitar goes to: Beccy Cole

 

Best self promoter of the year: (wish that I could help more)

Aaron D’Arcy

Aly Cook

Benny Allen

Carter and Carter

Angus Gill

8 Ball Aitken

And the purple guitar goes to Benny Allen