Pretty excited about this one. This pelican got his name on a list amongst some of the best in the country, some of who I am stoked to be able to call mates. See the story below taken from Tone Deaf.
As initially announced by The Industry Observer in January, Australia’s inaugural Americana Music Prize has now announced its fifteen-finalists.
The joint initiative between esteemed country musician Shane Nicholson, the Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia, the prize will take the form in an annual grant, set to support up and coming artists in the genre.
Selected finalists have been judged by a panel of experts within the industry, including Rod Yates (Editor, Rolling Stone), Jane Gazzo (Triple M) and Michael Taylor (Lost Highway/Universal). The winner will receive a $10, 000 prize pack, giving them the boost they need to kick off their already burgeoning careers.
The competition attracted an extremely high caliber of entrants – the final fifteen are some of the country’s finest
The Americana Music Prize of Australia – Top Fifteen Finalists
Andy Golledge – “1170″
Badgerhands – “Paper Throne”
Ben Leece – “Smoke Signals”
Dave Garnham – “Worst House In The Best Street”
Jess Dale – “Leaving Woman Blues (I Know, I Know,)”
Jordie Lane – “Black Diamond”
Karl S. Williams – “The Darkest Cloud”
Kelly Brouhaha – “As Long As There’s A Smile”
Larissa Tandy – “Harder Heavier”
Leanne Tennant – “Sorry”
Sam Buckingham – “Jolene”
Sian Evans – “Cold Feet”
Suicide Swans – “Horses”
Thomas Keating – “Begin Again”
Van Walker – ‘Wildgrass”