The 2023 edition of the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards was held last Saturday (21 January) with the biggest winners including Casey Barnes, Andrew Swift and Amber Lawrence.

Barnes won the trophy for Album of the Year at the hands of his seventh album, ‘turn it on’ – which arrived last February via Chugg Music – while Swift and Lawrence scored the gongs for Male and Female Artists Of The Year respectively.

Meanwhile, the award for Group Or Duo of the Year went to Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley, and the latest New Talent Of The Year went to James Johnston. McClymont and Eckersley also won the awards for Song Of The Year (which took the title with their cut ‘Star of the Show’) and Single of the Year (with ‘The Way of Memories’).

Other song-specific awards were honored to Dean Perrett (who won Bush Ballad Of The Year for ‘Out to Killarney’), Luke O’Shea (Legacy Song of the Year and Video of the Year, both for ‘South East Queensland’), Kristy Cox (Bluegrass Recording of the Year for ‘Good Morning Moon’) and The French Family Band (Instrumental of the Year for ‘Soda Cap Boogie’).

‘Same Songs’ also gave James Johnston and Kaylee Bell the award for Vocal Collaboration of the Year.

As for the more genre-focused Album Of The Year awards, Ashleigh Dallas’ ‘Currently’ was named last year’s best traditional country album, while Kim Cheshire won in the Alt Country category (with ‘Looks like heaven’), and Lyn Bowtell won for Contemporary Country (with ‘smarter’).

The full list of winners at the Golden Guitar Awards 2023 is:

TOYOTA ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Adam Brand – ‘All or Nothing’
Amber Lawrence – ‘Living For The Highlights’
Ashleigh Dallas – ‘In The Moment’
WINNER: Casey Barnes – ‘Light It Up’
Kaylee Bell – ‘Silver Linings’

SONG OF THE YEAR
Adam Brand – ‘All or Nothing’
WINNER: Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley – ‘Star Of The Show’
Casey Barnes – ‘Small Town’
James Johnston – ‘Small Town’
Luke O’Shea – ‘South East Queensland’

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Adam Brand
WINNER: Andrew Swift
Casey Barnes
James Johnston
Morgan Evans

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Amber Lawrence
Ashley Dallas
Hayley Jensen
Lyn Bowtell
Melanie Dyer

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley
Lachlan Bryant and The Wildes
McAlister Kemp
The Buckleys
The weeping willows

NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR
Blake Dantier
Cass Hopetoun
WINNER: James Johnston
Max Jackson
Taylor Moss

THIS YEAR’S TRADITIONAL COUNTRY BOOM
WINNER: Ashleigh Dallas – ‘In The Moment’
Blake Dantier – ‘Dry Season’
Kristy Cox – ‘Shades Of Blue’
Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers – ‘Mr Goodtime’
TC Cassidy – ‘Travelling Heart’

BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR
Allan Caswell – ‘Sometimes It’s Your Job’
Andy Penkow – ‘Ghostly Gums’
Angus Gill – ‘Waiting For The Boss’ (with Anne Kirkpatrick)’
WINNER: Dean Perrett – ‘Out On Killarney’
Dianne Lindsay – ‘Family Tree’

HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR
Amber Lawrence – ‘I’m Coming Home’
Angus Gill and Kevin Bennett – ‘Listen To The Country’
Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham – ‘Bogswamp’
Lee Kernaghan, Mitch Tambo and Isiah Firebrace – ‘Come Together’
WINNER: Luke O’Shea – ‘South East Queensland’

ALL COUNTRY BOOM OF THE YEAR
Allison Forbes – ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’
Andy Golledge – ‘Strength Of A Queen’
Jenny Mitchell – ‘Tug Of War’
WINNER: Kim Cheshire – ‘Looks Like Heaven’
The Weeping Willows – ‘You Reap What You Sow’

BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Angus Gill – ‘Sweet Sister Jasmine’
WINNER: Kristy Cox – ‘Good Morning Moon’
Lynchburg and The Weeping Willows – ‘Until This Song Ends’
Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers – ‘Road Man’
The Weeping Willows – ‘House Of Sin’

INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR
Angus Gill and Pixie Jenkins – ‘Dust’
Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers – ‘Burning Mountain’ (with Hamish Davidson)
Mickey Pye – ‘Fidget Spinner’
Pete Denahy – ‘Clippety Clop’
WINNER: The French Family Band – ‘Soda Cap Boogie’

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Adam Brand – ‘All or Nothing’
Amber Lawrence – ‘Living For The Highlights’
Casey Barnes – ‘Light It Up’
Kaylee Bell – ‘Silver Linings’
WINNER: Lyn Bowtell – ‘Wiser’

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley – ‘Star Of The Show’
James Johnston – ‘Small Town’
WINNER: Luke O’Shea – ‘South East Queensland’
The Wolfe Brothers – ‘Something Good’s Gonna Happen’ (with Amy Sheppard)
Travis Collins – ‘One Of Them Nights’

VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
WINNER: James Johnston and Kaylee Bell – ‘Same Songs’
Kirsty Lee Akers, Amber Lawrence and Ashleigh Dallas – ‘Let The Girls Sing’
Lee Kernaghan, Mitch Tambo and Isaiah Firebrace – ‘Come Together’
Lyn Bowtell and Shane Nicholson – ‘Wiser’
Melanie Dyer and Caitlyn Shadbolt – ‘Dumb Decisions’

APPLE MUSIC SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Adam Brand – ‘All or Nothing’
WINNER: Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley – ‘Memory Lane’
Casey Barnes – ‘Get To Know Ya’
James Johnston – ‘Small Town’
Morgan Evans – ‘Sing Along Drink Along’

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