Off the back of a #1 ARIA Australian Country Album and 3x #1 radio singles, Angus Gill nabbed the Golden Guitar Award for Bush Ballad of the Year for his song The Easy Way, co-written with Manfred Vijars, at the 50th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.
A beaming Gill said, “I’m totally lost for words and this is a first for me. This has been seventeen years in the making and I am so grateful that I won my first Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad of the Year. This was the style I started playing as a seven year old, after being inspired by local entertainers William Lane and Ken “Chainsaw” Lindsay. I got my first gig singing bush ballads at the Timbertown Heritage Theme Park, in my hometown of Wauchope. I’d sing for four hours every Saturday for twenty five dollars and a meat pie. The four years I did at Timbertown taught me so much about stage craft and how to captivate and entertain audiences of all sizes. And now to win a Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad of the Year, it’s a very special “full circle” moment for me.”
As well as performing The Easy Way on the awards show and delivering what some declared as one of the most memorable Golden Guitar Awards speeches, Gill was praised by Australian Country Music legend John Williamson, who described him as “a breath of fresh air” and “a bronze statue in the future” of Australian Country Music.
Gill’s latest single The Scrapbook is at radio now. It reached #1 on the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart last week, marking the second #1 song for Gill in 2 weeks.