Well, the Kazzie Awards (Purple Guitars) have been announced.
These are my own personal Blues, Roots and Country Awards for Australia with a few Kiwis and some special International awards thrown in. The nominations are on the CountryAs blog if you want more details. These are from albums released in 2017.
For overseas folks, a lot of the names may not seem familiar to you. Hopefully through these blog posts and by checking out more online and through Itunes and Youtube in general, you may find out a bit more about their music. I found this year's crop the hardest ever to judge. Last year was tough, but this year was tougher, which is a good problem to have! I did 88 album reviews this year and the youngest was 10, the oldest was in his 80's, so I think that says a lot. I didn't judge gig of the year or International gig of the year as I missed out on a lot of festivals and gigs this year because of economic circumstances, distance, injury and illness, but next year will be back to almost normal! I didn't think that it was fair to judge on the wonderful but few gigs that I went to. Please check out all of the artists here and the ones that were nominated. I could have given these awards to anybody because they were all that good. 97% of these artists are Indies. To explain some of the names that the awards were named after, here I go, just in case it seems odd.
I have mentioned Roger Lloyd on here before, but Roger passed away this year and he was a DJ and great supporter of artists in this field. Stan Coster was one of our greatest country music songwriters and his songs were recorded and are still recorded by many artists, young, old and in between. His songs had a distinctive Australian flavour. His daughter, Tracy, carries on the tradition in Australian Country Music.
Audrey Auld was another wonderful artist who we lost too soon. She was brave in life and in her passing. She married an American and lived in America but she kept her ties with Australia and was a much loved member of our country music family.
Karl Broadie was originally from Scotland but called Australia home.
His Celtic/Folk/Country sound was loved by many. His songs were sometimes funny, sometimes optimistic and sometimes sensitive. He was a well loved man and this category is named after him aptly.
Wendy Wood is still very much alive. She gave me a purple soap on a rope mic for singing my shower songs with - and thus the honour of being named after her is well deserved.
She is a fine songwriter and singer and a multi award winner.
John Minson was one of the creators of The Tamworth Country Music Festival and as Mr Hoedown was a legend on Tamworth's 2TM radio.
Nathaniel O'Brien started very young in the music business, an intelligent and charismatic young man who was very loveable. It was a very sad and tragic day when we lost Nathaniel at 19, in a car accident. He was a great role model for young folks and a guy who had a lot to offer.
Summary of The Kazzies, 2017
Most Viewed Reviews: Clelia Adams and Rory Phillips
Video of the Year: High Hopes – Carpenter Caswell
Instrumental of the Year _ Ashleigh Dallas – Pushin’ The Bow
Album of the Year – The April Family – What We Know Now
Entertainer of the Year – Darren Coggan
Special Achievement Award – Fanny Lumsden
Male Vocalist of the Year – Brad Butcher
Female Vocalist of the Year – Aleyce Simmonds and Gretta Ziller
Not Just A player in A Band (Back up musicians, session musicians, instrumentalists) – Michael Carpenter
Female Song of the Year – Queen of Boomtown – Gretta Ziller
Band Song of the Year – Someone That I Never Knew – The April Family
Duo Song of the Year – Stuie and Camille – Wanda
Female Album of the Year – Aleyce Simmonds – More than Meets the Eye
Male Song of the Year – Rick Hart – To The Grave
Ambassador of the Year – Aleyce Simmonds
Male album of the year – From The Bottom of A Well – Brad Butcher
Trad. Country Album of the Year – Walk in Circles – Sandra Humphries
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi, – Lloyd Clarke I’ll Sing You A Song
Concept Album of The Year – Nomad – Angus Gill
Vocal Collaboration – Darren Coggan and Felicity Urquhart – Inasmuch
Roger Lloyd DJ award – Beth Brown – Yass Fm
Audrey Auld Courage Awards – Chalkie White, Merelyn Carter, Kate Hindle, Alice Benfer, Bob Browne and Grant Goldman
Stan Coster Fair Dinkum Songwriter Award – Lloyd Clarke
International Album – The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone – Lee Ann Womack
Duo Album: Tahi - Camille and Stuie
Band Album: The April Family – What We Know Now
Songwriter of the Year – Allan Caswell
Band of the Year – The April Family
Duo of the Year – Carter and Carter
Jump For Joy Awards (youngsters who are full of enthusiasm and talent) – Phoebe Jay and Rory Phillips
The Wendy Wood Purple Mic Shower Song Award (That song that you want to sing everywhere!) – Matt Henry, Garden of Needs
Karl Broadie More than just a song award – Little C Word – Michael Waugh
Special mention in this category to Amber Lawrence and Travis Collins for Boxes
Nathaniel O’Brien Shooting Star Awards – Tyson Lucas – Male, Kora Naughton – Female
Mall of Fame – Bob Browne and Grant Goldman
Producer of the Year – Michael Carpenter
John Minson Award for best Country Music Show Three Chords and the Truth – Jen Mize and Paddy McHugh
Flying The Flag Awards: Tamara Stewart, Kristy Cox, Travis List, Keith Urban,
For all the nominations, please look at previous posts on CountryAs blog. Congrats to you all, you are all winners.Tamworth is not long awayIn the next few weeks I will be previewing the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Golden Guitar Awards. It is a very exciting time for artists in the 79 different styles of country music. Many fans from around Australia and the world visit Tamworth in January.
Review of 2017 part 2.
I will also be reviewing music from 2017. I started last week, and as next week will be the last post before Christmas, I will be rounding things up for the year.