Kazzie Awards Part 3
At this point, I would like to say that I am really looking forward to the new albums and EPs by Darren Colston, Luke O’Shea, Michael Carr, Jo Caseley, Anthony Taylor, Melody Feder, Allison Forbes, The Weeping Willows, Amber Lawrence and all of the other new music that is rumoured to be coming out in the new year. It has been a bumper year for Australian Country Music. I hope that it continues!
The Player in the Band Award:
(Previous winners have been Simon Johnson and Rusty Cochrane)
To me, this is one of the most important awards of the night/day. These guys and gals work their butts off, do the miles and make the lead singer sound even better. Sometimes at Tamworth, you can go to 6 or 7 gigs in one day, and these folks will be in every band. Thank you for what you do.
And the Purple Guitar goes to: Brad Bergen
Best International Album of the Year Award:
Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol
Allison Moorer: Down to Believing
Ashley Monroe: The Blade
Don Henley: Cass County
Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind
Jerry Salley: Gospel from my Grassroots
Clint Black: On Purpose
Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material
Reba McEntire: Love Somebody
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie
Iris DeMent: The Trackless Woods
And the Purple Guitar Goes to: Don Henley for Cass County
Best Gig from non Australasian
(I can only judge from the ones that I went to. I would have loved to have seen Lucinda and others.)
Iris DeMent with Jen Mize and Pieta Brown at The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Mary Chapin Carpenter with Tift Merritt at Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell with Harmony James at The Star, Sydney
Kacey Musgraves with Shane Nicholson at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
And the Purple Guitar goes to: Iris DeMent (by a small notch)
These were four of the best concerts that I have ever been to. For Iris to nudge out my fave, Mare, it must have been a tough call.
Best Aussie Gig in 2015:
This is the toughest category of all. I have been to heaps this year and missed a few because of minor illness. I can only judge on what I have been to, and it was a big ask, even getting it down to a few nominations. I thank everybody for their beautiful music, their humour and the joy that they have brought me as a fan.
Anne Kirkpatrick Tribute: Hats Off Festival, Tamworth, July. South Tamworth Bowlo. Starring Anne Kirkpatrick, Sally-Anne, Wendy, Tracy, Allison, Lynette, Patti, Johanna and Christina. (Plus a pretty hot band!)
Beccy Cole with Libby O’Donovan, Luke Austen and Mickey Pye, Blazes, West Leagues, Tamworth, Hats Off Festival
Kevin Johnson at The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Shane Nicholson Album Launch at The Basement, Sydney
Lachlan Bryan Album Launch at The Caravan Club, Melbourne, with The Weeping Willows, Gretta Ziller and Allan Caswell.
Travis List and Roo Arcus – ICAN – Rhythm Boat Cruise Gig
Troy Cassar-Daley and Pete Denahy – Rooty Hill RSL
Luke O’Shea, Michael Bryers and Jo Caseley – Songwriters in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, TCMF.
Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds and Christie Lamb at South Sydney Juniors
Paul Costa, Aleyce Simmonds and Amber Lawrence ICAN Cruise Sydney
Doug Bruce and The Tailgaters with Seleen McAlister and Mike Carr ICAN Cruise Sydney
Carter and Carter House Concert, Tamworth, TCMF, with Paul Costa and Amber Lawrence.
Darren Colston at the Tudor, Tamworth, TCMF.
(Very hard to narrow it down to just a few)
And the Purple Guitar goes to: Lachlan Bryan Album Launch, Caravan Club, Melbourne
Most hits on the Blog: Beccy Cole, Poster Girl Autobiography.
Best Album/EP by an Australasian Female:
Aly Cook – Horsehoe Rodeo Hotel
Marie Hodson – Chances Are
Ashleigh Dallas – Other Side of Town
Beccy Cole – Sweet Rebecca
Catherine Britt – Boneshaker
Susan Lily – Daisy Jane
Jade Holland – Leather and Les Paul
Jasmine Rae – Heartbeat
Lou Bradley – Moonshine
Michelle Walker – A Better Day
Seleen McAlister – Truth About Us
Tori Darke – Silver Lining
And the Purple Guitar goes to: Beccy Cole for Sweet Rebecca
Best Album – Male Australasian
Allan Caswell: My Version of the Truth
Michael Bryers: Sideshow
Shane Nicholson: Hell Breaks Loose
Troy Cassar-Daley: Freedom Ride
8 Ball Aitken: The New Normal
Adam Harvey: Harvey’s Bar: The Backyard Sessions
Gary Hammond: A Secret Life
Billy Bridge: Stories Through Time
Roo Arcus: Cowboys and Sunsets
Travis List: This Corner
Ben Ransom: LIVE at The Basement
Travis Collins: Wired
And the Purple Guitar Goes To: Michael Bryers for Sideshow
Best Album by a Band/Duo
Mustered Courage: White Lies and Melodies
Doug Bruce and The Tailgaters: Somewhere Better to Be
Col Finley Band: A Little Bit Outlaw
The Bob Corbett Band: Roovolution
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes: The Mountain
Jetty Road: Hearts on Fire
And the Purple Guitar Goes to: Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, The Mountain.
If I Get to the Rainbow: Billy Bridge
The Secret I’ll Take to My Grave: Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Songs Remember Me: Beccy Cole
Secondhand Man: Shane Nicholson
Cowboys and Sunsets: Roo Arcus
Your Hands: Bob Corbett Band
Jacaranda Tree: Col Finley Band
Someone You Know So Well: Marie Hodson
Girl in a Million: 8 Ball Aitken
Message in a Cloud: Aly Cook
Shelly’s Song: Allan Caswell
Greatest Companion: Aleyce Simmonds
I’m Still Here: Ashleigh Dallas
Empty Car Seat: Michael Bryers
And the Purple Guitar goes to: Shane Nicholson – Secondhand Man
Male Vocal of the Year:
8 Ball Aitken
And the Purple Guitar goes to: Shane Nicholson
Best Female Vocal:
And the purple guitar goes to: Beccy Cole
Entertainer of the Year:
(Won in previous years by Beccy Cole and Melinda Schneider)
And the Purple Guitar Goes to: Amber Lawrence.
A big thank you to all of the wonderful country music dj’s, vj’s, fans, roadies, sound and lighting guys and gals and organizers.
Most of all, thank you to all of the artists, particularly Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Susan Lily, Ian Bidge Boyd, Gary Hammond, Tracey Davis, Rusty Cochrane, Melinda Schneider, Paul Costa, Allison Forbes, Melissa Robertson, Wendy Wood, Luke O’Shea, Darren Colston, Allan Caswell, Lachlan Bryan, Gretta Ziller, The Weeping Willows and the incredibly fabulous Mike Carr for making me feel so speccy.
For all reviews on albums and gigs, please see on Country As (This Blog) and A Country Hattitude (link on the side).