Tamworth Country Music Festival 2019 – Days 1,2,3.

G’day from the Country Music Cap of Australia. As we enter day 4 of the festival and things start getting even bigger, let us recap on my last (or first) 3 days here.

Friday 18 January

On our second day of travelling here from Victoria, we spent most of the day in the car and arrived (safely) at about 2.00pm. Coming to Tamworth, for me, is more than just the music, it is my hometown, so catching up with longtime friends outside of music and being in a place which still means home to me is just as important.

After settling in to my friend’s place, we started the musical journey. It was always going to be different this year. We have lost a few mates and there are people who are regulars to the festival who cannot come this year – both artists and fans.

Ladies of Country was my first stop at Wests Leagues Club. It is always a great way to start a festival. Gina Timms, a fine songstress herself, hosts this event every year with a mix of female artists, from the rookies to the veterans. Tinged with a little sadness with Sandra Humphries last LOC before she retires and courage with Clelia Adams getting up to sing after some major health issues which she is still dealing with. It was lovely to see Gayle O’Neill for the first time LIVE after we had talked on the phone via interview and on Facebook regularly. A bit of NZ was there too with Aly Cook and a few youngsters to keep the flag waving for a few years to come. An enjoyable night as always and my first hello to lots of old friends.

Saturday 19th January

Early start with Songwriters in the round with one of my favourites, Carter and Carter but also, two new acts to me in Fred Smith and Megan (sorry, I forgot her last name…will fix that later) one from Canberra, the other from NZ originally but now in Melbourne. Both of them were terrific, and it was an adventure with their stories and their songs. A great way to start the day. And of course, a hug from Michael Bryers is always a good thing.

Then I went to see Benny Allen at The Family Hotel for his launch at Moonshiners of his new album and he helped out a few young and rising stars as they supported him. It was a good little gig with Benny being Benny and being energetic and sincere.

Then off to catch Swifty (Andrew Swift) at The Tamworth Hotel after a quick visit to Fanzone to see Kate Hindle, another courageous and talented performer. Swifty was fabulous, though we all nearly melted in the sun. Caught up with some friends and fellow music tragics from Victoria and we enjoyed Swifty, Gretta Ziller and Catherine Britt.

I stayed for the next gig, Sally-Anne Whitten with Alwyn Aurisch and Stix and Trev. The funktry and soultry stylings of this talented lady and her very close band which is almost a family had even blokes getting up to dance.

Then on to the Tamworth Opry at the Cap with Felicity hosting an amazing show with Luke O’Shea, Catherine Britt, Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Allan Caswell, Camille and Stuie and young Sonny, Tori Forsyth and Travis List and Neilly Rich with some other young artists added to the mix. It was a slight change in line up to what was advertised but it was a great show with something for everybody.

That was a big day.

Sunday 20 January – Day 3

Started off very early at Pete Denahy’s Bluegrass Breakfast at West Leagues for an hour or so, then off back into town to catch Brendan Smoother at the Atrium and then on to see Dan Murphy at Wests Diggers. Then I went to catch my Country Music Grandson at Fanzone and had a nice chat with him afterwards. Caught up with a few more old friends along the way. Caught the last bit of Michael Bryers’ gig after some lunch and then Kerry Kennedy for a couple of hours – always a treat. Chatted to Peter Smokie Dawson and caught up with some other friends between songs.

Then off to Luke Dickens’ album launch and it was a cracker. Some much welcome rain in Tamworth. It was a start, but of course not enough to break the drought. It was another big day of great music and catching up.

Thanks to all of the friends and artists who make me feel so special with their music and their support. Get better soon Col Finley.

 

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Here’s some “‘splainin'” Lucy about some of the Kazzies’ categories

Hi gang,

Just thought that I’d better explain some of the more obscure categories in yesterday’s Kazzies, and/or why I called them what I called them.

There were some new ones and some that I didn’t put in this year. One popular one in the past has been The Flying The Flag award, which goes to Aussies who are spreading the word overseas about our great country music. There are a set of fairly well known artists who have been doing this for years and then there are some who have been quietly making inroads and others who aren’t so well known doing some small but cool stuff in the U.S.A. and Europe.  Congrats to all of them.

The Tom Fauvette/Phil Emmanuel Musos award is named after two wonderful guitarists who we lost way too young this last year. It will remain named that way (after several name changes in the past) to honour two great guys.

The Audrey Auld Courage in Recording award was slightly renamed this year. Audrey was an amazing singer/songwriter, whom we all miss very much. We were around the same age and she was a wonderful talent. She fought a long and tough battle without any fuss and with a lot of courage and positivity. The Pub at Tamworth honours her by naming the café after her. I don’t usually add the Recording bit, just courage, which has been displayed by many of our country musos, presenters etc over the years. This year, I changed it slightly, as Three artists had tough recording tasks. Cathy Dobson put together a stunning album which I keep stuffing up the title about, Tales From A Suburban Housewife, which is a very honest and thought provoking album. Melissa Robertson did the same with her very open book album, “A Little Country Life” which is heartbreakingly honest and must have taken a lot to write. Rick Hart’s tribute to Tom and the amazing courage that it took him to help put together the Country Rocks The Black Dog event, deserved a mention too.

Special mention here should go to Chalkie White (who also won one last year) and Kalesti Butler who have been through some pretty tough stuff lately and have been inspirational in the way that they have handled it all.

The Hot Shots one is about the up and coming artists who approach everything with enthusiasm, passion and work hard in various ways to achieve it. They also have a high energy rate!  Benny and Rose were obvious choices this year. Last year, Phoebe Jay and Rory Phillips won the award.

For those who don’t know the John Flanagan Trio song, Last of The Cassette Men is about Paul Kelly.

The Mall of Fame is my Hall of Fame. I figured that I would extend the building because there are so many great musos, producers, media folks that belong in there. I might have to make it the palace of fame soon.

 

 

Summary of The Kazzies – Purple Guitars 2018

To make it a bit easier! These are the “Winners” Nominations are all on the blog.

Entertainer of the Year: The Weeping Willows

Best Album of the Year – All Categories: Montgomery Church – In The Shadow of the Mountain

Hall of Fame Entrants: Sandra Humphries, Luke O’Shea, Col Finley, Melinda Schneider, Beccy Cole

Funniest Musos: Mitch Power and Susan Lily

Special Purple Guitars to Superfans: Helen Naylor, Bruce and Monica, Bruber, Jenny Keck

Quote of the Year: Don’t Be A Dickhead – Kasey and Bill Chambers

Female: Imogen Clark and Sally-Anne Whitten

Male: Andrew Swift

Male Album: Call Out For The Cavalry – Andrew Swift

Female Album: Collide – Imogen Clark and Burgundy Street – Sally-Anne Whitten

Female Song: Tough as Geranium – Susan Lily

Male Song : Tears on a page –  Matt Scullion

Best Male Songwriter: Matt Scullion

Best Female Songwriter: Cathy Dobson

Trad Original Song: I’d Rather Be A Highwayman – Adam Harvey

Best Collaboration: Tennessee Lullaby – Sally-Anne Whitten, Allison Forbes, Rae Moody

Video: Adam Toms – Too Young To Know Better

Duo/Trio Song of the year: I’m Gonna Love Her All The Time – Montgomery Church

Duo /Trio Album/EEP: Montgomery Church: In The Shadow of A Mountain

Off The Cuff Album – Libby O’Donovan – Back to Broken Hill

Best Band Song: Sweet Bird of Youth – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Best Band Album: Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – Some Girls Quite Like Country Music

Country Rock Album: Ben Ransom 101

Concept Album: Cathy Dobson – Tales From A Suburban Housewife

Audrey Auld Bravery in Recording Award – Melissa Robertson, Cathy Dobson and Rick Hart

John Minson Radio Presenter: Cathy Dobson and Clint Wilson

Best Radio Show: Jukebox Junkie – Beth Brown

Producer: Damien Cafarella

Band of the year: Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Duo of the year: Montgomery Church

Stan Coster Aussie Song: Old Chimney – Brendan Smoother

True Blue Aussie Album – Michael Waugh – Asphalt and The Oval

Best Gig: Andrew Swift, Megan Cooper, Mitch Power and Gretta Ziller at Bruce and Monica’s

Special Event: Country Rocks The Black Dog – Newport Bowling Club

Best Cover song: Jen and Mark – My Rifle, My Pony and Me

Most Read Album Review: Benny Allen – Never Knew I Was Country

Bluegrass Album – Ricochet – Kristy Cox

Bluegrass Song – Ricochet – Kristy Cox

Best Song About/Mentioning Someone Famous: John Flanagan Trio – The Last of The Cassette Men

Best Train Song: Runaway Train – Andrew Swift

Tom Fauvette/Phil Emmanuel Muso of the Year: Alwyn Aurisch

Most Unique Gig of the Year – The Brendans at Carmen’s Hats Off – Brendan Smoother and Brendan Nawrocki

Best Drinking Song; That’s Why Lonely People Drink – Allan Caswell and Jen Mize

Wendy Wood Shower Song: Apple Tree – 8 Ball Aitken

Karl Broadie More than a song award: Melinda Schneider My Voice

Spiritual – Beccy Cole – My God

Trad Album: Bec Hance – Philosophies

Nathaniel O’Brien Rising Star  – Riley Catherall

Nathaniel O’Brien Rising Star Album – Benny Allen – Never Knew I Was Country

Nathaniel O’Brien Rising Star EEP – Riley Catherall – Venture in Vain

Hot Shots: Rose Zita Falko and Benny Allen

International Album of the year – Male – Joshua Hedley Mr Jukebox

International Album of the year – Female – Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere

 

The Kazzies 2018 – Part 7 – The pointy end

Best Female Songwriter 2018:

Cathy Dobson

Best Male Songwriter 2018:

Matt Scullion

Song of The Year – Male

Nominations:

Drop on By – 8 Ball Aitken

Old Chimney – Brendan Smoother

If I was Me – Travis Collins

King of The Sky – Andrew Swift

Be with you tonight – Ben Ransom

Tears on A Page – Matt Scullion

Day One of Missing You – Benny Allen

Watered down Man – Riley Catherall

For A Moment – Michael Waugh

My Song isn’t Written Yet – Chalkie White

Knowing That You’re There – Allan Caswell

Ransom – Matt Joe Gow

Pastor’s Daughter – Anthony Taylor

And The Purple Guitar Goes To: 

Matt Scullion – Tears On A Page

Female Song of The Year:

Nominations:

Hold Me Close – Sami

Ravenswood Lane – Kora Naughton

You Can’t Hide from A Broken Heart – Sally-Anne Whitten

Solitary Mind – Jess Holland

Tough As Geranium – Susan Lily

Tear It Down – Imogen Clark

Coromandel Valley – Beccy Cole

My Voice – Melinda Schneider

Fear of Flying – Jayne Denham

Way Back Home – Melissa Robertson

Bluer Than Mine – Megan Cooper

Birds in Cages – Tamara Stewart

Sweet English Rose – Kristy Cox

It was Always You – Kirsty Lee Akers

Brand New – Kristy James

A Break in The Clouds – Cathy Dobson

Broken – Jodie Crosby

Loneliness – Kate Hindle

And the Purple Guitar Goes to:

Tough As Geranium – Susan Lily

Best Female Album

Nominations:

Free Spirited – Susan Lily

A Little Country Life – Melissa Robertson

Tales From A Suburban Housewife – Cathy Dobson

Philosophies – Bec Hance

Ricochet – Kristy Cox

Burgundy Street – Sally-Anne Whitten

Wild Mountain – Megan Cooper

Lioness – Beccy Cole

Collide – Imogen Clark

Jodie Crosby – Jodie Crosby

Miss Demeanour – Jess Holland

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

A tie!  Sally-Anne Whitten – Burgundy Street and Imogen Clark – Collide

Best Male Album

The Nashville Tapes – Adam Harvey

I’m Just A Song – Matt Scullion

Mexico – Allan Caswell

Break, Rattle and Roll – Matt Joe Gow

Call Out For The Cavalry – Andrew Swift

The Collective – Col Finley

No Wonder The World is Exhausted – Ben Leece

In The Meantime – Brendan Smoother

Coming Home – James Van Cooper

Never Knew I was Country – Benny Allen

Music Man – Anthony Taylor

101 – Ben Ransom

The Asphalt and The Oval – Michael Waugh

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Call out for the Cavalry – Andrew Swift

Best Male Vocal:

Andrew Swift

Matt Scullion

Allan Caswell

Adam Harvey

Michael Waugh

Brendan Smoother

Ben Ransom

James Van Cooper

Benny Allen

Col Finley

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Andrew Swift

Best Female Vocal:

Nominations:

Cathy Dobson

Sally-Anne Whitten

Susan Lily

Melissa Robertson

Megan Cooper

Imogen Clark

Beccy Cole

Jess Holland

Kristy Cox

Bec Hance

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

(Can’t split them!) Imogen Clark and Sally-Anne Whitten

 

Album of the year from all Categories

Montgomery Church – In the Shadow of The Mountain

Mall of Fame: Sandra Humphries, Luke O’Shea, Col Finley, Melinda Schneider and Beccy Cole

Funniest Musos: Mitch Power and Susan Lily

Special Purple Guitars to: Bruce and Monica, Bruber, Jenny Keck and Helen Naylor – Superfans.

Quote of the year…..Bill and Kasey Chambers – Don’t Be A Dickhead!

ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR:  THE WEEPING WILLOWS

Three overseas tours, got married, went to just about every festival in Australia, had day jobs, supported just about every act in Victoria plus Kristy Cox, never stop, never seem to tire, always smile and care and above all, they are very talented and they are ours.

Thanks to my beautiful Country Music Family for your encouragement, support and care. I wish that I could help you all more and give you all real awards.

 

 

 

 

 

The Kazzies – 2018 Part 6

Pointy end, folks!

Traditional Original song:

Nominations

In good time – Tyson Lucas

I’d Rather Be  A Highwayman – Adam Harvey

Coromandel Valley – Beccy Cole

Loneliness – Kate Hindle

Live to be 100 – Kingsford Smith

Homeward Call – Michelle Walker

And The Purple Guitar Goes to:

I’d Rather Be A Highwayman – Adam Harvey

Collaboration Award:

Nominations:

Andrew Swift and Catherine Britt – Fire and Ice

Mustered Courage and Fanny Lumsden – Best Impressions

Sally-Anne Whitten, Allison Forbes and Rae Moody – Tennessee Lullaby

BBU and Karl Broadie – Every Hello

Tracy Coster and Beccy Cole – Freedom of the Road

Justin Standley and Evelyn Bury – Love and Happiness for You

Tara Favell and Josh Setterfield – Starting Over

Benny Allen and Renee Jonas – When I’m With You Tonight

Tyson Colman and Michelle Walker – Couldn’t Live Without You

Kasey Chambers and Emmylou Harris – The Harvest and The Seed

Allan Caswell and Jen Mize – That’s Why Lonely People Drink

Melissa Robertson and Ian Burns – Love Like A River

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

Tennessee Lullaby – Sal, Al and Rae

Video of the Year:

Adam Toms and Tomsy Jnr, Too Young To Know Better

Song of the Year – Duos and Trios:

Nominations:

Adam and Brooke: Lay with Me

Montgomery Church: I’m Gonna Love Her All The Time

Great Aunt: Tell Me When It’s Over

Cornell and Carr: Be In the Band

BBU – Any Bells

John Flanagan Trio: The Last of The Cassette Men

And the purple guitar goes to:

Montgomery Church: I’m Gonna Love Her All The Time

Duo/Trio Album / EEP /EP of the Year

Nominations:

Great Aunt – A Mess That I Left

BBU – Weeds

John Flanagan Trio: Honest Man

Montgomery Church: In The Shadow of The Mountain

Adam and Brooke: Adam and Brooke

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Montgomery Church: In The Shadow of the Mountain

Off The Cuff Album:

Libby O’Donovan – Back to Broken Hill

Best Band Song:

Sweet Bird of Youth – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

Too Hot to Just Quit – Catherine Britt and The Cold Cold Hearts

Campfire – Kasey Chambers and The Fireside Disciples

She is Gone – Kingsford Smith

Lay them Down – Mustered Courage

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – Sweet Bird of Youth

Best Band Album

Nominations:

Some Girls (Quite) like country music – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

We Played With Fire – Mustered Courage

Waking up Next to You – Little Lord Street Band

The Wilson Pickers Live – The Wilson Pickers

Countrified – Kingsford Smith

Campfire – Kasey Chambers and The Fireside Disciples

Catherine Britt and The Cold Cold Hearts – Catherine Britt and The Cold Cold Hearts

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

Some Girls Quite Like Country Music – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes

 

 

 

 

Kazzie Awards – Part 5 – 2018

Country Rock Album/EEP of the Year:

Nominations:

Ben Ransom – 101

Jade Holland – Dream Wild

Kristy James – Raw

Judah Kelly – Real Good Time

Adam Toms – Where Were You?

Kora Naughton – Ride or Die

And the Purple Guitar Goes to:

Ben Ransom 101

 

Concept Album:

Cathy Dobson – Tales of A Suburban Housewife

Audrey Auld Bravery in Recording Awards to:

Melissa Robertson A Little Country Life Album

Cathy Dobson Tales of A Suburban Housewife

Rick Hart – Shine Your Light

John Minson Radio Presenter of the Year

Nominations:

Beth Brown

Vickiree Melouney

Jen Mize and Paddy McHugh

Mic Jenke

Susan Lily

Cathy Dobson and Clint Wilson

Leonie McClure

Barbara Morison

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

Cathy Dobson and Clint Wilson

Best Radio Show:

Jukebox Junkie with Beth Brown

Producer of the Year:

Nominations:

Alwyn Aurisch

Matt Fell

Michael Carpenter

Shane Nicholson

Julz Parker

Damien Cafarella

And the Purple Guitar Goes to:

Damien Cafarella

Stan Coster Best Aussie Song:

Nominations:

He Talks of Going Back – Dean Perrett

Sucking My Darling Dry – Allan Caswell

Bush TV – Catherine Britt and The Cold Cold Hearts

Campfire – Kasey Chambers and The Fireside Disciples

Holden Days – Adam Harvey

Australian Dreamer – Jess Holland

Old Chimney – Brendan Smoother

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

Old Chimney – Brendan Smoother

True Blue Aussie Album:

Nominations:

Earn Your Spurs – Dean Perrett

Philosophies – Bec Hance

Catherine Britt and The Cold Cold Hearts – Catherine Britt and The Cold Cold Hearts

Campfire – Kasey Chambers and The Fireside Disciples

In The Meantime – Brendan Smoother

Showboat Kalang – Rex Dallas

Asphalt and The Oval – Michael Waugh

Lioness – Beccy Cole

The Purple Guitar Goes To:

Asphalt and The Oval – Michael Waugh

Best Gig:

Nominations:

Michael Waugh and Rich Davies with Rick Hart at Bruberville

Allison Forbes and Montgomery Church at The Retreat

Luke O’Shea at North Tamworth Bowling Club – Hats’ Off

Cathy Dobson Album Launch Village Green

BBU – Spotted Mallard

The Heggarties with The April Family and Matt J Ward at The Retreat

Kristy Cox and The Weeping Willows, Sale Greyhound Club

Sally-Anne Whitten and Allison Forbes – The Retreat

Andrew Swift, Megan Cooper with Mitch Power, Gretta Ziller At Monica and Bruce’s

John Flanagan String Band at Merri Creek Tavern

Rose Zita Falko and Mitch Power Union Hotel

Gretta Ziller with Mitch Power Union Hotel

Beccy Cole and the Sisters and Brothers of Twang and Libby Donovan Village Green Hotel

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes with The Weeping Willows at Winnabago Lounge

Susan Lily at The Mantra

Marie Hodson and Dan Ebbels Bayview Country Club

Fanny Lumsden and Small Town Romance – Spotted Mallard

Lyn Bowtell and Rick Hart – Skylark Room

Kora Naughton, Rory Phillips and The Graduates  – Family Hotel – Tamworth Hats Off

Luke O’Shea and Damian Howard Hotel Lomond

Davidson Brothers – Spotted Mallard

Tori Forsyth, Aleyce Simmonds and Lachlan Bryan Spotted Mallard

And The Purple Guitar Goes To:

Andrew Swift, Megan Cooper with Mitch Power and Gretta Ziller at Monica and Bruce’s.

Special Event Award

Nominations:

Twilight on The Trail – Spotted Mallard – Jen Mize and Mark Sholtez

Take Me To Town – Marathon Gig Launch – Spotted Mallard

Allison Forbes Birthday Bash – Tamworth Hotel – Hats Off

Are You Ready For Country – The Retreat

Americana Express – Toff In town

Country Rocks The Black Dog – Raising funds for Mental health in memory of Tom Fauvette – Newport Bowls Club

And the Purple Guitar goes to:

Country Rocks The Black Dog

 

 

The Kazzies – 2018 – Part 4

Best Cover Song:

Nominations:

Southern Nights – Sally-Anne Whitten

Forget Him – Marie Hodson

Tucker’s Daughter – Judah Kelly

(I’d be) a legend in my time – Jodie Crosby

Solitary Man – Adam Harvey

I’m So Excited – Beccy Cole

Young Years – Ben Ransom with Sharon O’Neill

Love and Happiness for You – Evelyn Bury and Justin Standley

Footsteps Coming Home – Kate Hindle

My Rifle, My Pony and Me – Jen and Mark

I’ll never find another you – Bec Hance

And The Purple Guitar Goes To:

My Rifle, My Pony and Me – Jen Mize and Mark Sholtez

 

Most Read Album Review:

Benny Allen – Never Knew I Was Country

Bluegrass Album:

Ricochet – Kristy Cox

Bluegrass Song:

Nominations:

Dancing In The Rain – Bec Hance

Fire In The Fingers – Mustered Courage

Lake House – Brad Cox

Daisy Lee – Montgomery Church

Ricochet – Kristy Cox

We Need To Start Again – Great Aunt

Your Anything At All – Imogen Clark

And The Purple Guitar Goes To:

Kristy Cox – Ricochet

Best Song About/Mentioning Someone Famous:

Nominations:

Matt J Ward – Neil Young

Adam Harvey – When Willie’s Gone

John Flanagan Trio – The Last of The Cassette Men

John Flanagan Trio – Free John Zarb

Crank Williams – Joni Mitchell

And the winner is:

John Flanagan Trio – The Last of The Cassette Men

Best Train Song:

Runaway Train – Andrew Swift

 

Tom Fauvette/Phil Emmanuel Musician of the Year:

Nominations:

Andrew Wrigglesworth

Simon Johnson

Ali Foster

D. Caf

Stuart French

Alwyn Aurisch

Mitch Power

And The Purple Guitar goes to:

Alwyn Aurisch

The Most Unique Gig of the Year:

The Brendans at Carmen’s – Hats Off Tamworth

(Brendan Smoother and Brendan Nawrocki)

The Best Drinking Song:

Nominations:

We’ll Have to Drink Our Way Out of This – Adam Harvey

Drunk and Stoned – 8 Ball Aitken

Drink Like A Man – Bec Hance

That’s The Wine – Jade Holland

Been There, Drunk That – Matt Scullion

That’s Why Lonely People Drink – Allan Caswell and Jen Mize

Too drunk to drive – Brad Cox

What Not To Do – Judah Kelly

Grab yourself a drink – Benny Allen

And the Purple Guitar Goes To:

That’s Why Lonely People Drink – Allan Caswell and Jen Mize