The Sydney Royal Easter Show is just around the corner which means Show Radio will be playing the hottest country music all day and all night. But if your country music knowledge is a little Slim (Dusty), fear not! Here are five Australian artists you absolutely need to know.
Born in Sydney, Troy Cassar-Daley is one of our favourites at Show Radio. He’s won a tonne of awards, has an impressive music discography and has been active in the music industry for over thirty years.
He understands country life: “we were born to survive outback life, generations of toil and strife, we don’t know any other way”, yet his wisdom and storytelling appeals to those of us from the city too.
Fun fact: at age 12 Troy busked on the streets at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Winner of the 2016 ARIA for Country Album of the Year, Sara is an incredibly accomplished country music artist. Earlier this year she won the Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year. Sara was born in the Mallee district of Victoria and has been releasing music since 2000.
Fun fact: Buffalo Bill is the first song Sara wrote and it was inspired by a retired water buffalo shooter she met in Queensland.
No country music list is complete without the iconic Lee Kernaghan. He was Australian of the Year in 2008 and has raised millions of dollars for rural Australian initiatives. He’s sold more than two million albums and was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2004.
Fun fact: Lee is an avid Magic The Gathering player.
Queensland duo Thomas Busby and Jeremy Marou met in Rockhampton and have been releasing music together since 2011. They’ve played alongside artists like Pete Murray, Dolly Parton and James Blunt.
Fun fact: they were the first artists to be signed to Footstomp Records.
Fanny Lumsden is one of the most exciting country music artists on the scene at the moment. She’s from Tallimba, NSW and last year travelled over 60,000kms touring Australia and playing shows.
Fanny has received an ARIA nomination for Best Country Album of the Year, won a Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year and is a CMC Award winner for New Artist of the Year.
We’ll be interviewing Fanny on Show Radio so keep your ears tuned to 107.9FM.
Fun fact: her interests include totem tennis, pho and ponies.
Catch all of these artists and more on Show Radio, live from 7am April 6 on 107.9FM.