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Golden Guitar Nominations Announced For TCMF 2024



 Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham, James Johnston, The Wolfe Brothers and Travis Collins all pick up 6 Golden Guitar Award nominations in total; Top winners from 2023 Golden Guitar Awards, Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley pick up 5 nominations. 

Following a monumental number of entries and record-breaking number of submissions in several categories for the Toyota 52nd Golden Guitar Awards, Tamworth Regional Council, with the support of the Country Music Association of Australia Inc (CMAA), are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2024 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards. 

Several artists are leading the charge into January’s awards, with Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham, James Johnston, The Wolfe Brothers and Travis Collins each picking up six nominations. The top winners from the 2023 Golden Guitar Awards, Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley picked up five nominations, while eight-time Golden Guitar and recent ARIA Award winner Fanny Lumsden picked up four nominations. 

The full list of nominees for the 52nd Golden Guitar Awards were announced in Tamworth today, at a special event hosted by multi-Golden Guitar Award winner and ARIA nominated, Tania Kernaghan and 2014 Golden Guitar Award nominee Jason Owen. 

Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Executive Producer, Mr. Peter Ross said: “This year’s list of nominees is a fantastic celebration of Australia’s vibrant and diverse country music industry. The 2024 Awards will acknowledge their hard work and passion and recognise their creativity and ingenuity. On behalf of Tamworth Regional Council, I would like to congratulate all the nominees in the Toyota 52nd Golden Guitar Awards.” 

Overall, 762 entries were received for the 2024 Golden Guitar Awards, which is equal to the record-breaking number received in 2022. The highest number of entries were received in several individual categories, including Song of the Year, Alt Country Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Bluegrass Recording of the Year. 

Following his first Golden Guitar win in 2023, James Johnston returns to the nominee list with six nominations, including Male Artist of the Year, CMT Video of the Year for his track We Grew Up On, Single of the Year for his song Got It Good, and Toyota Album of the Year and Contemporary Country Album of the Year for his debut album Raised Like That. He’s also nominated for Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Zac & George for their track Some Things Never Change. 

Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham have secured six nominations including Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year, while their album Birdsong has been nominated for Traditional Country Album of the Year and Toyota Album of the Year. Their track Size Up has also been nominated in three categories, including Song of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Single of the Year. 

Six-time Golden Guitar Award winners and ARIA nominated, The Wolfe Brothers are in the running for six awards, nominated for Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year. Their sixth-studio album Livin’ The Dream is in contention for Toyota Album of the Year and Contemporary Country Album of the Year, while their track Here’s To the Ones is nominated for Song of the Year. They’re also nominated for Vocal Collaboration of the Year and Single of the Year for their track with Travis Collins, Runnin’ The Country. 

On top of his two nominations with The Wolfe Brothers, eight-time Golden Guitar Award winner and 2018 & 2020 ARIA nominated, Travis Collins is also up for Male Artist of the Year, while his eighth studio album Any Less Anymore is up for Toyota Album of the Year and Contemporary Country Album of the Year. His track Raise Me is also nominated for Song of the Year. 

Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley are nominated for five awards, including Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year, while their debut album Up, Down & Sideways is nominated for Toyota Album of the Year and Contemporary Country Album of the Year. They’re also up for Single of the Year, for their track What Are You Waiting For, while their song Country Music, You And Beer is nominated for Song of the Year. 

Newly crowned 2023 ARIA Award winner Fanny Lumsden has been nominated in four categories, including Female Artist of the Year, while her fourth-studio album Hey Dawn is up for Alt Country Album of the Year. Her track Ugly Flowers is nominated for Heritage Song of the Year and her song You’ll Be Fine is a contender for CMT Video the Year. 

2023 Toyota Album of the Year winner, Casey Barnes picked up three nominations, as well as Luke O’Shea and Angus Gill. Zac & George make their Golden Guitar Awards nominations debut picking up three nominations. Dual nominations went to John Williamson, Ashleigh Dallas, Kaylee Bell, 2022 Toyota Star Maker Max Jackson, Brad Cox, Duncan Toombs, Matt Scullion, Michael Carpenter & The Banks Brothers, SToReR, Wicker Suite and The Pleasures which features Lachlan Bryan, Catherine Britt and Damian Cafarella. 

There were 24 artists with single nominations including 2023 Male Artist of the Year Andrew Swift, Shane Nicholson, 2023 Toyota Star Maker Loren Ryan, Adam Brand, Allan Caswell, Anne Kirkpatrick, Brad Butcher, Busby Marou, Dean Perrett, TC Cassidy, Lane Pittman, Lindsay Waddington, Matt Cornell, Melanie Dyer, Melody Moko, Gareth Leach, Hamish Davidson, Michael Fix, Brendan Radford, Pete Denahy, Sara Berki, The Davidson Brothers, Tom Curtain and Tori Forsyth. 


Tyler Hubbard Announces Debut Australian Headline Tour



Tyler Hubbard, a multi-Platinum selling artist, will be performing in Australia this October as part of his ‘Strong World Tour’ and will be Hubbard’s second visit to Australia in 2024, following his headline set at CMC Rocks earlier this year.

The general public will be able to purchase the tickets on Monday, May 20th, at the same time that the pre-sale begins on Friday, May 17th, at 10 am AEST.

Starting on October 6th at Melbourne’s Forum, the tour will make its way to Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on October 9th, and finally to the Gold Coast’s Star Theatre on October 13th. In addition to Deniliquin’s Deni Ute Muster on October 4, Mareeba’s “Savannah In The Round” on October 11, and Sandstone Point’s “Over Yonder” Country Music Festival on October 12, Tyler has a number of other upcoming performances.

As a member of the multi-platinum combo Florida Georgia Line, the American singer-songwriter has already achieved a spectacular career with 21 US radio hits that peaked at No. 1, numerous accolades, and sold-out performances.

Tyler will be performing alone at this event, and fans will get a chance to witness his dynamic and energetic song selection, which highlights Hubbard’s free-spirited energy, command the stage.

His solo career has been booming since the release of his self-titled debut album in January, which was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The record has received more than 1.33 billion streams worldwide.

On Strong, Hubbard has hit singles like “Back Then Right Now” and “Wish You Would,” and fans can look forward to hearing “5 Foot 9″—a song that has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA—and its follow-up, “Dancin’ In The Country”—a song that has more than 420 million streams worldwide and is RIAA Platinum—performed.

The 44th winner of Toyota Star Maker, Australia’s most esteemed country music competition, Wade Forster, is an Australian rodeo cowboy and country music performer. He will be accompanying Tyler on his tour around the country. On Spotify, Forster has over 400,000 monthly listeners, and on Apple Music, he has over 31,000,000 streams.


Sunday 06 October – Melbourne, Forum

Wednesday 09 October – Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Sunday 13 October – Gold Coast, The Star Theatre

Also appearing at:

Friday 04 October – Deniliquin, Deni Ute Muster

Friday 11 October – Mareeba, Savannah In The Round

Saturday 12 October – Sandstone Point, Over Yonder Country Music Festival

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Kip Moore Announces Return To AU & NZ



As part of his Nomad World Tour, multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Kip Moore will be returning to Australia and New Zealand in September and October, and country music fans couldn’t be more thrilled to have him here.

For his fifth Australian tour, Kip is performing nine massive headline shows in cities including Christchurch, Auckland, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Thirroul, and Brisbane as part of his Nomad World Tour.

On Monday, March 25th at 4pm local time, Frontier Members will have access to the presale tickets. The general onsale will start on Wednesday, March 27th at 4pm local time. Check out for all the tour details and reservations!

Kip Moore’s southern charm remains as smooth as ever; he last visited Australia and New Zealand for a sell-out headline tour in 2023, which included a spectacular headline performance at CMC Rocks QLD. Arenas and theatres around the nation are going to go ballistic when the genre-bending songsmith returns, as his legion of devoted followers are begging for more.

After launching his career in 2012 with the release of Up All Night, Kip got off to a roaring start. The project became an immediate hit, going platinum in the US, and was praised as “the best by a new country artist this year” (Taste of Country). As the next decade rolled along, Kip’s highly awaited fifth studio album, Damn Love, was released in 2023 to millions of albums sold and over 2.9 billion streams globally. This album, which Kip Moore co-produced, features thirteen songs that demonstrated his skill as a songwriter and musician once again, solidifying his position as a dominant force in the country music industry.

Known worldwide for his electrifying live performances and distinctive sound, Kip Moore is an absolutely extraordinary performer. This past year, he reached a new peak in his career with over 44,000 tickets sold in South Africa. He played to sold-out stadiums in Pretoria and Cape Town, ushered in a new era for country music, and even debuted the Cape Town Country Music Festival.

The dynamic troubadour will devote the most of 2024 to his craft, playing headlining concerts and festival appearances across North America before making a late-year trek to Australia and New Zealand.

In recent years, “Kip Moore” has amassed a legion of devoted fans around the world. Riding high on the enthusiasm and interest of his massive global fan base – A A Nashville Soundscape

“Becoming one of the most consistent and potent live draws in country music, and not only in the US. Performing to packed houses in countries like Australia and Canada, he is a shining example of the organic performance art that the most commercially successful acts in his field tend to ignore in favour of stagecraft.”

Rolling Stone

James Johnston, a local hero, has had remarkable success with his boot-stomping songs about life in the country. He has joined Kip in performing in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. James has risen to prominence as one of Australia’s most popular country music singers on streaming services, riding high on the success of his groundbreaking debut album RAISED LIKE THAT and the rest of 2023. His unassuming demeanour, high-energy live performance, and indisputable talent will propel him to international stardom.

New Zealand, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Canberra will be graced by the melodic sounds of Sons Of The East, a local indie folk duo. With over 300 million streams and sold-out concerts in Australia and across the globe, Sons Of The East are an incredible independent success story. Palomar Parade, their outstanding debut album, showcases their energetic sound and helps them carve out a distinct niche among their peers.

Kip Moore, who has defied genre expectations in country music, returns to Australia and New Zealand to the delight of his devoted fans. In September and October, he will be performing at two of his most notable concerts to date.

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Tamworth ’24 App Launches, Promising a Revolutionary Music Festival Experience



Country music enthusiasts and festival-goers have a new reason to celebrate as Country HQ and Borderlines Artist & Label Solutions join forces to unveil the Tamworth ’24 mobile app. This groundbreaking application, available for both iOS and Android, aims to redefine the Tamworth Country Music Festival experience, offering users an unparalleled guide to the festival’s artists, events, and much more.

The Tamworth ’24 Difference:

Tamworth ’24 is poised to become the ultimate companion for festival attendees, promising a seamless blend of technology and music appreciation. The app boasts a range of features designed to enhance the festival-goer’s experience:

  1. Comprehensive Artist Showcase: Get to know the performers set to grace the Tamworth stages with detailed artist profiles, ensuring fans are well-informed about the incredible talent on display.
  2. Event Calendar: Stay in the loop with the festival schedule using the app’s comprehensive event calendar. From main stage performances to exclusive backstage events, Tamworth ’24 ensures you stay on top of the action.
  3. Interactive Map: Navigate the festival grounds effortlessly with the built-in interactive map, making your festival experience seamless and enjoyable.
  4. Exclusive Content: Dive into the world of country music with behind-the-scenes content, interviews, and exclusive artist curated playlists. Tamworth ’24 goes beyond the stage, providing a unique perspective into the vibrant atmosphere of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
  5. MYFEST Personalised Experience: Tailor your festival itinerary by selecting your favourite artists and events.

The Collaboration:

Country HQ, a leading platform dedicated to promoting and celebrating country music, and Borderlines Artist & Label Solutions, a dynamic company specialising in artist development and label services, have combined their expertise to create Tamworth ’24. This collaboration is poised to elevate the festival experience for attendees and provide artists and organisers with a powerful tool to connect with their audience.

Available Now:

Tamworth ’24 is now available for download on both the App Store and Google Play. Embrace the harmony of country music and immerse yourself in the vibrant community that the Tamworth Country Music Festival represents.

Join us in celebrating the launch of Tamworth ’24 – where technology meets country, and the festival experience is redefined.

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