Scene News: Brian Taranto and Kasey Chambers honoured in the first Australian Americana Music Honours Night

Photo by Mary Boukouvalas

Last night, the who’s who of the music industry gathered at Melbourne’s stunning Thornbury Theatre to witness the first annual AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA HONOURS NIGHT.

Presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association, the Australian Americana Honours Night celebrated Americana music in Australia, showcasing a sensational array of the best local and international artists that the exploding genre offers.

Excellent performances by Old Crow Medicine Show and Valerie June, along with seasoned chart-toppers Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Kevin Welch and Henry Wagons, and joined by some exciting new talent Yirrmal Marika, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers.

Photo by Mary Boukouvalas

Triple R’s Denise Hylands and the Americana Music Association’s Jed Hilly hosted the proceedings, honouring in particular those who championed the genre in Australia, Brian Taranto of Love Police and Out On The Weekend festival, and musician Kasey Chambers.

“For those of us who love Roots & Americana Music, this is a dream line-up to have at our inaugural event”, said Nash Chambers. “We’re mighty proud to be building awareness of Americana Music in Australia with the US Association and Tennessee Tourism. We also believe this is just the beginning of a genre that is exploding worldwide.”

“I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this celebration of Americana music in Australia”, said Michael Chugg. “We wanted to showcase a genre that is growing significantly in Australia, and an Honours Night seemed like the way to do it. We hope to continue this event for many years to come”.

“What a thrill to work with Michael (Chugg) and Nash (Chambers) to bring this extraordinary event to Melbourne,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association and Executive Producer of the Critically Acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program in Nashville. Hilly added, “To see how this genre has grown in Australia over the past few years has been amazing, and I’m excited to take this to another level with such a great team.”


In association with the US Americana Music Association, Chugg Entertainment,
Essence Group, Nashville Music City, TN Tourism, Triple R, Addicted To Noise, Virgin, Show Group, Sounds of the City, Memphis CVB, Rhythms Magazine

About the Americana Music Association℠

The Americana Music Association℠ is a professional not-for-profit trade organisation whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST℠: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program.

For more information on the Americana Music Association℠ and to become a member, please visit

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