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The First Annual Australian Americana Music Honours Night Recap

The First Annual Australian Americana Music Honours Night Recap

// 10.6.17

The First Annual Australian Americana Music Honours Night Celebrated Roots Music Down Under, Presented Kasey Chambers and Brian "BT" Taranto with Vanguard Awards on October 2

Inaugural Honours Night including show-stopping numbers by Chambers with Bernard FanningOld Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Shane Howard and Yirrmal deemed a "...triumph featuring world classperformances, perfect sound, a menacing house band and a vibe you could bottle as A-grade moonshine." - Australian Musician


MELBOURNE, Aus. (Oct. 6, 2017) - The first annual Australian Americana Music Honours Night: A Roots Music Celebration took place at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne on Monday night, October 2, commemorating the Australian Americana music scene through honoring those who have impacted the widespread genre and showcasing an array of local and international talent from trailblazing mainstays to buzz-worthy newcomers.

Presented by the Americana Music Association℠, Chugg Entertainment and Essence Music Group's "A Taste of Americana," highlights from this special evening included the Nashville-based Americana Music Association℠ presenting its first-ever Vanguard Awards to artist Kasey Chambers and Out On the Weekend Festival Promoter Brian “BT” Taranto to recognize their valuable contributions to the genre and community of Americana.

Inspired by the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards taped annually at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and being broadcast on the Country Music Channel (CMC) in Australia early next year, the inaugural Honours Night's attendees were treated to electrifying performances by Chambers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, along with Busby Marou, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Kevin Welch and Henry Wagons, while being joined by emerging acts such as Yirrmal, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers. These artists were backed by a stellar house band consisting of Bill ChambersGlen HannahSyd Green and Ben Franz. See below for a complete run of show.

Triple R’s Denise Hylands and the Americana Music Association’s℠ Executive Director Jed Hilly hosted the momentous occasion, which has evidently created a sacred musical space boasting one-of-a-kind performances and awards to honor and celebrate the Australian Americana music scene and community, while also illustrating the genre's growth on a global scale.

Australian Americana Music Honours Night 2017 Run of Show:

Old Crow Medicine Show

Jordie Lane & The Sleepers

Busby Marou and Catherine Britt

Emily Barker

Kevin Welch

Ruby Boots and Henry Wagons

Shane Howard and Yirrmal

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning

Valerie June

Old Crow Medicine Show, Kasey Chambers, Valerie June, Kevin Welch


About the Americana Music Association℠:

The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including the Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, and AT&T. For more information, or to purchase an Americana Music Festival & Conference registration, please visit


The 19th annual AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11-16, 2018. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For information on how to purchase a conference registration, please visit

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Additional photos for press available here, courtesy of David Harris

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