Britt crowned queen of country

NEWCASTLE’S Catherine Britt shows no signs of slowing down after being named the queen of Australian country music on Saturday.

Just minutes after winning female artist of the year at the 41st Country Music Awards of Australia, the bubbly blonde was talking about getting back out on the road to further tour her album Always Never Enough.

GALLERY: Catherine Britt wins

Besides promoting her  record next month, she will release the album she has made with her new band the Hillbilly Killers, which features Tim Rogers (You Am I) and Bill Chambers (father to Kasey).

‘‘Its not my usual. I’m pretty hillbilly and this is a bit rock’n’roll,’’ she said of the Hillbilly Killers.

‘‘The songs have a bit of swearing and can be very dark.’’ 

Britt was clearly in her element at the music awards where she greeted hundreds of   fans outside the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre.

GALLERY: Stars shine in Tamworth

Despite being nominated for seven awards, she sat through almost the entire awards ceremony before being named best female artist.

A clearly relieved and excited Britt thanked  Chambers who helped her co-produce her album. It was the first time Britt had undertaken a co-producing role in a career that has already spanned more than a decade.

‘‘Thank you for being here since day one. I couldn’t have made this album without you,’’ the 28-year-old said in her acceptance speech.

The Golden Guitars signalled the end of the 41st Tamworth Country Music Festival and another yearly highlight for Hunter artists.

Former Star Maker winner Bob Corbett, Lyn Bowtell, Morgan Evans, Melody Pool and Troy Kemp from McAlister Kemp were all guest artists at the awards and spent the week promoting their music.

‘‘We got here last Thursday and haven’t stopped. We’ve really given it a good nudge,’’ Corbett said.

GALLERY: Hunter musicians at Tamworth country music festival

Former Telstra Road to Tamworth winner Morgan Evans performed at the Australia Day Concert in Centennial Park and presented the award for best vocal collaboration at the Golden Guitars.

He returns to Tamworth every year because it’s the one place where everyone enjoys country music.

‘‘It’s really good to get that connection,’’ he said. 

‘‘You walk around the streets and meet people.’’

Bowtell, who previously  picked up two golden guitars with the all-female group Bella, promoted her solo music at Tamworth this year.

She lost out to Britt for the best female award but was still ‘‘enjoying the ride’’.

Kurri Kurri’s Pool  received the songwriting award in the Telstra Road to Discovery earlier in the week.

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