Tamworth Country Music Festival 2018 Golden Guitar Awards

Australian country music’s night of nights was celebrated on Saturday night. 

The Golden Guitars acknowledged Australian Country Music’s best of the best for the previous 12 months. 

Country Music Association President Dobe Newton said the nominations are a testament to the quality of talent in the industry. 

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“The finalists in the 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards finalists’ [have] demonstrated the quality and depth of talent we have in Australian country music across a range of genres, with many artists receiving their first nomination and others multiple nominations,” he said at the 2017 nominations. 

“The event has certainly set the stage for an incredible showcase in Tamworth on January 27 when we announce the winners.”

Leading the charge with six finalist places each is Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, and Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence.

The Bushwackers Australia’s premier bush/folk/country band, have come away with five finalist spots with their album.

With four finalist places apiece is Lee Kernaghan, Shane Nicholson, and The Davidson Brothers.

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After taking out the new talent award in 2017 it was an exciting day for rising star Fanny Lumsden, who is in the running for three Awards with her album Real Class Act. 

Newcomer Brad Butcher has also been named as finalist for three Awards.

Adam Brand, Ashleigh Dallas, O’Shea, Tania Kernaghan, Darren Coggan, Matt Cornell and Tom Curtain have each landed two finalist berths. And rounding out the finalists with a single place each is Gretta Ziller, Drew McAlister, Aleyce Simmonds, Carter & Carter, Dale Duncan, Dean Perrett, Dianne Lindsay, Graham Rodger, Ian Quinn, Michael Fix, Mickey Pye, Tommy Emmanuel, Carpenter Caswell, Runaway Dixie, The Morrisons, Wide Island, Casey Barnes, Judah Kelly, Small Town Romance and Morgan Evans.