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A new awards night for Australia's best alt-country musicians will launch in Melbourne

With a huge lineup of quality songwriters. 

Presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association - with Triple R’s Denise Hylands and the Americana Music Association’s Jed Hilly set to host the proceedings - the jam-packed lineup boasts Tennessee natives Old Crow Medicine Show and Valerie June, as well as local legends Kasey Chambers, Busby Marou, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Kevin Welch, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers.
 
The Americana Music Association will present two honours during the course of the evening. The first Americana Vanguard Awards will be presented to both Kasey Chambers and Out on the Weekend festival founder Brian 'B.T.' Taranto, for their lifelong commitments to the world of roots and Americana.
 
“For those of us who love Roots & Americana Music, this is a dream lineup 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”.

The First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night will take place at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday October 2. Limited tickets will be available via Oztix from Thursday September 21.