Indie country singer Emma Swift is a fan of minor chords, heartworn highways, scuffed-up boots, gin and endless pedal steel. The songwriter splits her time between Sydney and Nashville.
“Living between Sydney and Nashville is pretty damn fabulous,” she tells AWOL. “In Australia, you can’t beat the magic of sand, surf and Pimms in the summertime. In Tennessee, it’s all about the music – the greatest honky tonks, the finest pedal steel players and the most generous bartenders in the world.”
Her 2014 self-titled album (out through Laughing Outlaw/Inertia) was nominated for Best Country Album at last night’s ARIAs, held at The Star in Sydney and broadcast on Channel 10. And while Swift lost out to Australia’s reigning queen of country Kasey Chambers, she still had a night to remember, arriving in a white limo, strutting the red carpet in a western dress from US label Fables By Barrie, and meeting The Wiggles on the red carpet.
The first-time nominee documented the big night for us below. Other ARIA winners included Sia, Chet Faker, Hilltop Hoods and DZ Deathrays.
Fringe boots, ticket, now I just need a back combing expert to Tammy Wynette the hell outta my hair.
The breakfast of champions…
Dom Alessio’s beard has got longer and my hair has definitely gotten higher since our Darlinghurst sharehouse days.
And the winner of the No Day Drinking Award goes to…. The Wiggles.
Let’s get this show on the road. If this picture had sound, you’d hear the piercing screams of hundreds of hardcore One Direction fans.
That tiny beanie in the distance is actually Chet Faker.
This feels very strange. But awesome. Congrats to the fabulous Kasey Chambers for winning!
They may not have screaming teenage fans but for me it doesn’t get much better than Paul Kelly and Neil Finn.
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