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The Country Music Association of Australia to Release Boxset of Winners Ahead of 50th Awards Gala

The Country Music Awards of Australia (the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards) recognize, celebrate and honour excellence and outstanding achievement in Australian country music.

The Awards presentations are accompanied by a star-studded gala concert featuring outstanding Australian country music and some of our newest rising stars.

 The Country Music Awards of Australia is the nation's longest running music awards concert and the pinnacle event of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The Awards were first held in 1973, around the same time that the city of Tamworth became known as Australia's Home of Country Music. Since they began the Awards have played the key role in developing and promoting Australian country music. Under the guidance of the CMAA, the awards continue to grow and develop, reflecting the current country music scene in Australia.

Originally, the Awards were staged in the historic Tamworth Town Hall with a capacity audience of around 1,000. Over the years, the Awards venue has ranged from school halls to a giant 'big top' and a converted factory. Since 1999, they have been presented each year at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC) in front of an audience of 5,000 fans, artists, industry professionals and visitors.

Back in 1972, 2TM‘s Mr Hoedown, John Minson and 2TM Station Manager, Max Ellis agreed that the country music awards trophy should be "rock solid and truly representative of country music". After deciding on the concept of a bronze guitar, local artist Harry Frost was commissioned to produce a detailed design based on a semi cut-away, dual pick-up, hollow-bodied guitar - in recognition of both traditional design and the modern, amplified electric guitar. The trophies stand 24cm tall and weigh 1.5kgs. In the early years, country music legend John Minson personally prepared each and every Golden Guitar; grinding, smoothing and polishing the rough casts and mounting them on their carefully finished bases.

Today the famous Golden Guitar trophy is recognized all over the nation as a symbol of country music and Tamworth.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA), in conjunction with ABC Music, is thrilled to release the official CMAA 50th Anniversary The Winners albums. Available from November 12, the music releases include a Limited Edition Deluxe 4CD set, plus Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available for sale separately both as CD and via digital partners.

The tracklisting features a who’s who of Australian country music across the decades, including Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, Col Joye, Jean Stafford, Smoky Dawson, Redgum, Graeme Connors, Keith Urban, James Blundell, Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Kasey Chambers, The Wolfe Brothers, Fanny Lumsden, Morgan Evans and more!

Dobe Newton, President CMAA, said, "The 50th anniversary of Australia's longest-running music awards show and festival will make the 2022 Toyota Country Music Festival and Golden Guitar Awards truly memorable. The CMAA is honoured to partner with Tamworth Regional Council and the ABC for this special edition of The Winners which catalogues the amazing contribution our writers and artists have made to our nation's music over the decades. The stories told and the voices that tell them are a wonderful reflection of our identity and culture and will be celebrated by fans across the nation and the world."

“2022 is a big year. Not only for the festival itself, but for its pinnacle event, the Golden Guitar Awards,” says Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley.

"This limited-edition CD showcases and celebrates the cream of Australian country music from over the five decades and I couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the 50-year milestone.”


Limited Deluxe Edition – including Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 - exclusive physical cd only

Volume 1: 1973 - 1999 - available physically and digitally

Volume 2: 2000 - 2021 - available physically and digitally

VOLUME 1 - CD 1:

  1. Slim Dusty – Lights On The Hill

  2. Slim Newton – Redback On The Toilet Seat

  3. Col Joye – Heaven Is My Woman’s Love

  4. Tex Morton – The Goondiwindi Grey

  5. Rex Dallas – Old Wallerawang

  6. Heather McKean – I Can Feel Love

  7. Lindsay Butler – Closest Thing To Freedom

  8. Saltbush - Sassafras Gap

  9. Suzanne Prentice – Sweet Country Music

  10. 1901 – Along The Road To Gundagai

  11. Allan Caswell – King Of The Rodeo

  12. Buddy Williams – Without Friends (What A Dreary Old World It Would Be)

  13. Jean Stafford – Hello Love

  14. Grand Junction – Married Women

  15. Johnny Chester – I Love You So Rebecca

  16. Reg Poole – The Warrumbungle Mare

  17. Barry Thornton – Brian’s Tune

  18. Jewel & Arthur Blanch – The Lady And The Cowboy

  19. The Webb Brothers - Who Put The Roo In The Stew

  20. Bullamakanka – Give Me A Home Among The Gum Trees

  21. Redgum - I Was Only 19 (A Walk In The Light Green)

  22. The Flying Emus – Diamond Creek

  23. Deniese Morrison – Now I’m Easy

VOLUME 1 – CD 2:

  1. John Williamson – True Blue

  2. Smoky Dawson & Trevor Knight – In The Days Of Old Khancoban

  3. Evelyn Bury – I’m Stronger Than I Look

  4. Lawrie Minson – Wild River

  5. Keith Urban – I Never Work On A Sunday

  6. Brian Young – Thistles On The Hillside

  7. Norma O’Hara Murphy – Sarah’s Memory

  8. Anne Kirkpatrick – Out Of The Blue

  9. Colin Buchanan – GalahsIn The Gidgee

  10. James Blundell & James Reyne – Way Out West

  11. Lee Kernaghan – Boys From The Bush

  12. Kev Carmody & Paul Kelly – From Little Things Big Things Grow

  13. Gina Jeffreys – Girls Night Out

  14. Stan Coster – Lawson’s Loaded Dog

  15. The Wheel – I Fell In Love

  16. Graeme Connors – The Road Less Travelled

  17. Sherrié Austin – One Solitary Tear

  18. Tania Kernaghan – Dunroamin’ Station

  19. Troy Cassar-Daley – Little Things

  20. Michael Fix – Mr Wonglepong

  21. Adam Brand – Last Man Standing

VOLUME 2 - CD 1:

  1. Ted Egan – The Drover’s Boy

  2. Adam Harvey – Workin’ Overtime (On A Good Time)

  3. Wolverines – 65 Roses

  4. Troy Cassar-Daley Born To Survive

  5. Melinda Schneider – The Story Of My Life

  6. Adam Brand – The ANZAC

  7. Sara Storer – Beautiful Circle

  8. Tommy Emmanuel – Tall Fiddler

  9. Tracy Coster & Anne Kirkpatrick – Back To The Saltbush Plains

  10. John Williamson – Chandelier Of Stars

  11. Troy Cassar-Daley with Jimmy Barnes (Ft. Bella) – Bird On A Wire

  12. Beccy Cole – Poster Girl

  13. Kirsty Lee Akers – Little Things

  14. Jetty Road – Million Miles

  15. Graeme Connors – A Good Life

  16. McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough

  17. The McClymonts – Kick It Up

  18. Catherine Britt – Sweet Emmylou

  19. Shane Nicholson – Bad Machines

  20. The Bushwackers – I Am Australian

VOLUME 2 – CD 2:

  1. Lee Kernaghan – Flying With The King

  2. O’Shea – Thank You Angels

  3. Luke O’Shea – Lady Of The Land

  4. Lachlan Bryan And the Wildes – Black Coffee

  5. Jeff Brown – I Love Australia

  6. Dean Perrett – Bloodwood & Clover

  7. Amber Lawrence – Superhero

  8. Travis Collins – Call Me Crazy

  9. Kasey Chambers – Ain’tNo Little Girl

  10. Brad Butcher – Well Dressed Man

  11. Ashleigh Dallas – Lighthouse

  12. Davidson Brothers – Back Where I Started

  13. Aleyce Simmonds – More Than Meets The Eye

  14. The Wolfe Brothers – Ain’t Seen It Yet

  15. Kristy Cox - Ricochet

  16. Andrew Swift – Runaway Train

  17. Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart – Every Hello (Ft. Karl Broadie)

  18. Morgan Evans – Day Drunk

  19. Blake O’Connor – Worth A Little More

  20. Felicity Urquhart – Chain Of Joy

  21. Fanny Lumsden – Fierce



Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre


Celebrating and showcasing the cream of Australian country music talent, the Toyota 50th Golden Guitar Awards will be held on Saturday, January 22 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre. With the theme ‘Then. Now. Forever. Australian Country.’ next year’s awards will see hundreds of artists strut the red carpet and appear on stage as presenters, performers, or join the ranks as a Golden Guitar winner.

Commencing in 1973, the Golden Guitar Awards are the nation’s longest running music awards and the pinnacle event of the Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth. Presented by Tamworth Regional Council and the Country Music Association of Australia, the awards play a vital role in developing and promoting Australian country music talent. Over its 50-year history, in excess of 400 Golden Guitars have been awarded to outstanding Australian country music artists, recognising and celebrating excellence in the industry.

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