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COUNTRY has long been a dirty word in the AUSTRALIAN MUSIC industry. That iconic image OF grizzle, cowboy hat-wearing, man strumming away on his Banjo and singing about BUSH is a thing of the past. But the genre is changing, albeit a little sexy, with home-grown artists Keith Urban and Morgan Evans, as well as international artists like Sam Hunt and Taylor Swift, dominating commercial radio and challenging genre stereotypes. When TOYOTA Golden Guitar Awards nominees were announced in November last YEAR, few expected to hear emerging artists ' names read alongside longstanding-industry favourites vying for industry's most prestigious awards. Chairman OF COUNTRY MUSIC Association OF Australia, Dan Biddle, says all artists involved in the TOYOTA Golden Guitar Awards are testament to the success of the COUNTRY MUSIC industry in Australia. One OF most exciting aspects of the COUNTRY MUSIC industry right now is that we have an incredibly strong field of both emerging and established artists who are making their mark in the world. Whether youre fan OF ALT COUNTRY, CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY or TRADITIONAL COUNTRY styles, there is something for everyone and the music coming out of Australia is world-class. We take a look at the nominees for QANTAS NEW TALENT OF YEAR who are leading the way for COUNTRY MUSIC diversity in the 21st century. When Brad Cox was crowned TOYOTA Star Maker Winner OF 2018, it was clear he was destined for Big Things. A talented singer and songwriter, Cox grew up in rural Jindabyne, near the Snowy Mountains. Supporting Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont for the West Coast leg OF their 2018 Highway Sky Tour and American ARTIST Randy Houser, he followed with his own sell out debut ALBUM Tour and ended YEAR touring alongside Carl Bartender around North Queensland. His debut, COUNTRY-rock, self-title ALBUM is also nominated for CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY ALBUM OF YEAR. It is difficult to describe Tori Forsyth MUSIC. Her 2016 five-track EP Blackbird was Dark Moody's take on COUNTRY folk MUSIC. But her debut ALBUM Dawn OF Dark, released last YEAR, has touches OF Americana, alternative sounds with folk influences. Still, that doesnt even come close to describing it. Uniqueness is her brand, and that is something that comes through in her SONG-writing and must be experience live to fully understand. Imogen Clark is another ALT-COUNTRY / Americana ARTIST whose MUSIC is difficult to explain. Although largely different to Forsyths, Clark was raised on rock and folk MUSIC which explain her sound. She recently released her second ALBUM, Collide, produced by Mark Lizotte / Diesel, whom she extensively Tour with last YEAR. She also supported Shane Nicholson and recorded backing vocals on his Award-winning ALBUM, Love & Blood. She also co-write two songs for Kasey Chambers ARIA Award and Golden Guitar winning 1 ALBUM, Dragonfly. Judah Kelly was crowned winner OF 2017 season OF Voice, and it is easy to hear why.

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Awards and festivals

ALT COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Brad ButcherTravelling SalesmanMatt Fell
Hayley MarstenSpectacular HeartbreakMatt Fell
Jenny MitchellWildfiresMatt Fell
Kevin Bennett The FloodBlood Red TiesGlen Hannah
Michael WaughThe WeirShane Nicholson

Tamworth Country Music Festival is an annual Country Music Festival held in Tamworth, New South Wales. It celebrates the culture and heritage of Australian Country Music. During the Festival, the Country Music Association of Australia held a Country Music Awards of Australia ceremony awarding Golden Guitar trophies. Another important Country Festival, Gympie Muster, began near Gympie, Queensland in 1982. The Non-profit community-base Festival raises funds for charity and attracts around 25 000 fans to listen to stars and new talents alike. As well as mainstream Australian country, the event showcases the breadth of contemporary Australian country: from folk and bush poetry, to alternative country. Indigenous Country Music is in evidence at the Deadly Awards, celebration of Indigenous musicians and their music. Mildura Country Music Festival celebrates the Australian Independent Country Music Awards every October. Other significant Country Music festivals include Whittlesea Country Music Festival held north of Melbourne in February, Boyup Brook Country Music Festival held in Western Australian in February, Bamera Country Music Festival held in South Australia in June, National Country Muster held in Gympie during August and Canberra Country Music Festival hold in National Capital during November. Some festivals are quite unique in their location: Groundwater Country Music Festival is held beachside in Broadbeach, on the beautiful Gold Coast, annually on the last weekend in July. Grabine State Park in New South Wales promotes Australian Country Music through Grabine Music Muster Festival; Marilyns Country Music Festival is a unique event held in South Australia's Smoky Bay annually in September and is the only Music Festival in the world using oyster barge as stage. Along with the festivals above, there are also events that include Country Music such as Musters, Field Days and rural shows.

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APPLE MUSIC SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Brad CoxRusty Strings
Felicity UrquhartChain Of Joy
Lee KernaghanBackroad Nation
Morgan EvansYoung Again
The Wolfe BrothersHey Brother

APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR

Brad CoxRusty StringsBrad Cox Jackson Besley
Felicity UrquhartChain Of JoyFelicity Urquhart Kim Richey
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationLee Kernaghan, Colin Buchanan, Garth Porter, Lindsay Rimes, Phil Barton
Luke OShea Lyn BowtellSing Me A StoryLuke OShea Felicity Urquhart
Sara StorerRaindanceSara Storer Greg Storer

BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Allan CaswellBad Politics
Hillbilly GoatsBleed Me Dry
Kristy CoxYesterdays Heartache
Mustered CourageHome Of Lost Lovers (The Ballad of Glen Turner)
Rod McCormackShimmers

BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR

Allan CaswellCountry CopperAllan Caswell Manfred Vijars
Dean PerrettHis Last Cattle DriveCarmelo Cacciola
Graham RodgerKnights Of The SaddleGraham Rodger
Jeff BrownMore Times Than I RememberJeff Brown and Kelly Marian Dixon
John ODeaThe Drovers FriendJohn ODea

CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR

Fanny LumsdenReal Men Dont Cry (War On Pride)Dan Stanley Freeman Fanny Lumsden
Felicity UrquhartChain Of JoyGlen Hannah
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationJay Seeney, Blacklist Productions
Sara StorerRaindanceDuncan Toombs, The Filmery
The Wolfe BrothersHey BrotherJay Seeney, Blacklist Productions

COCA-COLA INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR

Michael FixThe Balcony Brunch
Mickey PyeBridle Track
Mustered CourageDeath Mountain Run
Phil Emmanuel with Jacob FunnellGallaghers Lane
Rod McCormackTimeless Traveller

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amber LawrenceSparkStuart Stuart
Busby MarouThe Great DivideOscar Dawson
Cornell CarrWe Go Way BackMatt Fell
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationLindsay Rimes
Morgan EvansThings That We Drink ToChris DeStefano

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Amber LawrenceSpark
Ashleigh DallasReflection
Felicity UrquhartFrozen Rabbit
Gina JeffreysBeautiful Tangle
Sara StorerRaindance

HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR

Brad ButcherFreshwater LadyBrad Butcher Vaughan Jones
Felicity Urquhart feat Shanley DelWhere The Fruit Hangs LowFelicity Urquhart, Mick Thomas
Lee KernaghanThe Trucks Came ThroughLee Kernaghan, Colin Buchanan, Garth Porter
Luke OShea Lyn BowtellSing Me A StoryLuke OShea Felicity Urquhart
Sara StorerHayrunnerSara Storer

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Blake OConnorEverything I Feel
Brad ButcherTravelling Salesman
Lee KernaghanBackroad Nation
Michael WaughThe Weir
Morgan EvansThings That We Drink To

QANTAS NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR

Blake OConnorWorth A Little More
Casey BarnesA Little More
Sinead BurgessReno
SeaforthLove That
The BuckleysDaydream

TOYOTA ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amber LawrenceSparkStuart Stuart
Felicity UrquhartFrozen RabbitGlen Hannah
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationLindsay Rimes
Morgan EvansThings That We Drink ToChris DeStefano
Sara StorerRaindanceMatt Fell

TRADITIONAL COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Angus GillWelcome to My HeartAngus Gill
Ashleigh DallasReflectionBrett Dallas
Felicity UrquhartFrozen RabbitGlen Hannah
Gina JeffreysBeautiful TangleRod McCormack
Sara StorerRaindanceMatt Fell

Table

Busby MarouThe Great Divide
Cornell CarrWe Go Way Back
Jetty RoadBecause We Can
Kevin Bennett The FloodBlood Red Ties
The Viper Creek BandBeautiful Destruction

VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Andrew Swift Gretta ZillerSecond Hand
Felicity Urquhart feat Karl BroadieSlow It Down
Lee Kernaghan with The Wolfe BrothersTill It Ends
Luke OShea Lyn BowtellSing Me A Story
Sara Storer Colin HayNext Year People
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Notable musicians and music groups

Form in 1975, Little River Band remain one of Australia's most noteworthy musical groups. Having been unable to gain traction for their music in the United Kingdom, Rock Band looked instead to the American market and found remarkable success. In fact, their songs often chart higher on Billboard's mainstream pop and adult contemporary charts in the United States than in their home country of Australia. Over a handful of years, Little River Band landed six Top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100: band has undergone more than 35 changes to its membership over the years, and none of the current members include original members from the 1970s. Little River Band endures, however.

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Slim Dusty

Slim Dustys Song Cunnamulla Fella was so influential that it was honored by a statue outside Cunnamulla Shire hall. The first thing you need to know about Slim Dusty is that some argue he created the genre. Folk Music exists all throughout Australia's history, but Dusty brought together Australian folk, American country influences, and outback culture to create an image and sound that would define Australian country for decades to go. He was born in Nulla Nulla Creek, New South Wales in 1927 and started writing and recording in 1946. From that year until his death in 2003, Dusty would record 73 solo studio albums, eight collaborative albums, and another eight live albums. When you add in his compilation records, you get more than 100 albums that would sell millions of copies within Dustys lifetime. And he does all of this without going international. Dusty's career had many highlights, but he got his largest audience when he performed Waltzing Matilda for the world to see as part of the Sydney Olympics closing ceremony.

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Lee Kernaghan

Boys From Brush was the opening track on Kernaghans breakout Album, Outback Club. Music produced by Lee Kernaghan will be familiar to anyone who is fan of 90s country. As an artist, Kernaghan seeks to make American-style music about quintessentially Australian topics. Kernaghan didnt just sing about rural life in Australia; he has also done plenty of charity work to help deal with issues like droughts and rural poverty. The Pass Hat Around Australia tour and Spirit Of Bush concert series have helped to alleviate poverty and cemented Kernaghans position as one of rural Australia's favorite artists. Since his debut release in 1985, Lee has released 18 albums. Out Of those, nine have gone platinum and four have gone gold. His art and his activism would help to earn Him Order Of Australia Medal, title Of Australian Of Year, and heaping help of other awards.

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Kasey Chambers

Genre-defying singer and songwriter whose music encompasses the quietude of folk, honesty of country, edgy emotions of blues, and the fearless spirit of rock & roll, Kasey Chambers has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation in her native Australia while winning a devoted cult following in the rest of world. Bless with a voice that suggests an Antipodean cross between Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, Chambers was born living off land with her family on Southern Australia's Nullabor Plain, while making occasional stops at the fishing village of Southend. Chambers learned about country and folk music from her parents, who usually play and sang songs in the evening. When Kasey was ten years old, she joined a family band led by her father Bill Chambers, Dead Ringer Band, which also featured her mother Diane and brother Nash. In the '90s, Dead Ringer Band became one of Australia's leading country acts, but Kasey had an individual spirit and ideas of her own. When her parents' divorce split up Dead Ringer Band, Kasey poured her feelings into a set of songs that would become her solo debut, 1999's Captain. Produce by Nash Chambers, album was a critical and commercial success, winning the Australian Record Industry Association's Best Country Album prize in 2000. Her second LP, 2001's Barricades & Brickwalls, was another ARIA winner, taking prizes for Album of Year, Best Country Album, and Best Female Artist. It also features the song Not Pretty Enough, which was a major hit in Australia and the UK and gained airplay in the United States. She explored more ambitious and rock-orient sounds in 2006's Carnival before stripping her music down to its roots for 2008's Rattlin' Bones, collaboration with her then-husband Shane Nicholson. Chambers explored spiritual themes in 2015's Bittersweet, duetted with Keith Urban on the ambitious 2017 double set Dragonfly, and followed it with her most austere acoustic album to date, 2018's Campfire. Born on June 4 1976 in Mount Gambier in South Australia, Kasey Chambers was the daughter of two musicians, Bill and Diane Chambers, who put their careers on hold that year to move to Nullarbor Plain, sparsely vegetated and generally flat plateau measuring 100 000 square miles. Supporting themselves by hunting fox, family would spend seven or eight months of the year on Nullarbor, resupplying themselves from the world's longest stretch of straight railroad track, 330 miles running through Nullarbor. The family spends the rest of the year at Southend, small South Australian fishing village. Each night out on Nullarbor, after day's hunting, family would camp in different spot, and Bill and Diane would sing, passing their love of Country Music to their children by glow of campfire, under stars. In 1986, family returned to civilization so that Bill and Diane could return to their music careers.

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Sara Storer

Sara Bettine Storer is an Australian Country Music singer-songwriter and former teacher. She won a record breaking seven Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2004, and as of 2017, she has won 21 in total. Three of her six studio albums have reached the topA 30 on ARIA Albums Chart, Firefly, Lovegrass and Silos. Silos also won Best Country Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2016. Storer has been a member of the Country Music trio, Songbirds alongside Beccy Cole and Gina Jeffries. Her older brother, Greg Storer, is also a Country Music singer-songwriter and the siblings have recorded and performed together.

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