The Bushwackers have plenty to celebrate during their Golden Jubilee year after being inducted into the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown.
The much-loved lively Australian bush band were recognised for their contribution to Australian country music at the Golden Guitars Awards in Tamworth on Saturday, January 23, with front men Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett overcome with emotion at the announcement.
Thirteen is lucky for some, and for Luke O’Shea, it’s brought plenty of gold his way at the 49th Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth.
The Sutherland Shire singer-songwriter picked up his 13th Golden Guitar on Saturday night, January 23, after winning Traditional Album of the Year and Heritage Song of the Year.
This marks O’Shea’s seventh win in Heritage Song of the Year and his first Album of the Year category Golden Guitar.
Fellow multi-Golden Guitar winning singer-songwriter Kevin Bennett shared the Heritage Song of the Year win with O’Shea, for their collaboration, Happy Australia Day, while O’Shea’s album, There In The Ochre, won Traditional Album of the Year.
Luke O’Shea could add to his
collection of nine Golden Guitars, after snagging three spots at today’s
finalist announcement event in Sydney.
O’Shea released Sing Me A Story,
a duet with Lyn Bowtell, in late September, his first release in three years
and it is a finalist in APRA AMCOS Song of the Year, Heritage Song of the Year
and Vocal Collaboration of the Year. He already has five Heritage Song of the
Year Golden Guitars to his name.
The multi-Golden Guitar winner said he was grateful
Sing Me A Story has connected so strongly with industry personnel and his
country music peers.
“Lyn Bowtell and myself are so
very grateful and super appreciative of the support our duet, Sing Me A Story,
has received from all aspects of the Australian country music industry,”
“It’s been a long time between drinks for me, personally, and
the fact the leading single from my upcoming album has been able to connect
with peers and audiences to this extent is very humbling and deeply satisfying.”
O’Shea wrote the song with Felicity Urquhart in front of other
songwriters at The DAG Songwriter’s Retreat outside of Nundle and the single
heralds a new album for the Sutherland Shire artist.
“A special thanks goes out to the wonderful Felicity Urquhart who I wrote this song with, out at the magnificent DAG Sheep Station Songwriters Retreat and also Sean Rudd who has worked tirelessly on it through it’s many ebbs and flows,” he said.
“It certainly inspires me to keep on keeping on with my aim of singing up this incredible country of ours and I cannot wait to share my upcoming album, There In The Ochre, with you all come the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival.”