Bobkatz in hunt for gold
HUMBLED but thoroughly excited was how The Bobkatz guitarist Robert Mackay was yesterday after learning just the night before he and songwriter Garry Kohler are in the running for a coveted Golden Guitar.
Rob and Garry have made the list for group or duo of the year for the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.
The Hervey Bay musicians are in the category for their song The Long Haul, which is on their latest CD The Writer and was written as a tribute to people who stay together against the trends of today.
They are up against Carter & Carter, Davidson Brothers, Jetty Road and The Bushwackers.
Rob could not stop saying how “over the moon” he was about the news, which was revealed at a presentation in Sydney on Wednesday.
“That’s the holy grail. That’s the biggest size you can get in the industry,” he said of winning a Golden Guitar.
“It’s a tough business in Australia. To be nominated is just fantastic.
“The nomination is purely and utterly recognition of Garry’s talent as a songwriter.”
The winners of the awards will be announced on January 23 at the end of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Until then, Rob admitted the pair would be crossing their fingers and waiting nervously.
He said it was not impossible for The Bobkatz to win but that he would be surprised if a first-time nominee also won first time.
Honorary local Adam Brand was nominated three times for album of the year, male artist of the year and single of the year.
More than 50,000 people visit the annual festival that features over 2500 performances.