The 2022 Golden Guitar Awards see Cassar-Daley put out records Slim Dusty, Shane Nicholson and Ashleigh Dallas collecting top gongs

Records have been broken at Golden Guitars 2022 in Tamworth, with 17 awards being awarded for the event’s 50th anniversary.

Troy Cassar-Daley was named Male Artist of the Year and his album The World Today picked up the Best Selling Album of the Year.

Meanwhile, South, his duet single with Ian Moss was named the Vocal Collaboration of the Year.

This has brought his record number of Golden Guitars to 40, surpassing Slim Dusty and Lee Kernaghan’s 38 awards.

“I never counted Guitar Gold until I heard it,” he said.

“I remember talking to Slim a few years ago about making sure you grow as an artist — even if you’re in country music, you have to keep growing.

Troy Cassar Daley on stage, receiving the award.
The country music legend took his speech to talk about his conversation with Slim Dusty and taking mental health counseling.(Provided: Tamworth Country Music Festival)

Cassar-Daley also pays credit to his manager, Chris O’Hearn.

“This person pushed me to get counseling two months ago and it’s the best thing I’ve done in five years,” Cassar-Daley said.

“A good friend will do that.”

The collaboration at South also meant Ian Moss garnered his first Golden Guitar award.

“Unfortunately, Ian Moss can’t be here tonight,” said O’Hearn.

Although Cassar-Daley was nominated for eight awards on Wednesday night, it is Shane Nicholson who has won the most.

The Brisbane singer-songwriter collected four of the five Guitar Golds, including Album of the Year and Alt Country Album of the Year for Living in Color, plus Song of the Year and Single of the Year for And You Will Have Your Way.


Ashleigh Dallas, who calls Tamworth home, brought out Female Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for Long Way ‘Round.

Group or Duo of the Year went to the Wolfe Brothers, while their album Kids on Cassette took over Contemporary Country Album of the Year.

Hosts Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey also entertained the audience with cheeky banter.

“Sorry Beccy, I haven’t said anything to compliment you,” Harvey said referring to Cole’s costume.

“We have the same black curtains on our windows at home.”

“Thank you very much,” Cole replied.

Cole has the honor of being inducted in 2022 into the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown, joining names like Kasey Chambers and John Williamson.

Other awards include:

  • Adam Harvey, Song from Highway One — Traditional Country Album of the Year
  • Angus Gill and Manfred Vijars, The Easy Way — Bush Ballad of the Year
  • Michael Waugh, Dirty River — Legacy Song of the Year
  • The Weeping Willows, Southern Gothic — Instrumental of the Year
  • The Weeping Willows, Black Crow — Bluegrass Record of the Year
  • Darlinghurst, Where Are We Going — New Talent of the Year
A large, low-lit stage with a large video screen featured an old man.
Guests at Tamworth are treated to a glimpse into the historic Golden Guitar’s origins.(Provided: Tamworth Country Music Festival)

‘heart overflowing’

Awards are given to artists, albums, and songs released between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, although the ceremony was postponed from January.

Thousands of people arrived in the country music capital to marvel at the week’s celebrations.

On Tuesday night, Tamworth’s main park filled up to watch 29-year-old Carrington musician Max Jackson be crowned Star Maker of the year.

Jackson won over nine other singer-songwriters and will now be supported until the next festival to follow his country music career.

A smiling young country singer performs.
Max Jackson thanked his fellow Star Maker contestants and performed in front of an audience of thousands on Tuesday night.(Provided: Tamworth Country Music Festival)

“My heart is overflowing,” he told the crowd.


In addition to the awards, the Country Music Festival also continues the tradition by celebrating legends in the industry.

A bronze statue of John Williamson was unveiled Wednesday morning, surrounded by the city’s iconic Hands of Fame, where six musical figures were added to the list.

Luke O’Shea, Kirsty Lee Akers, Lyn Bowtell, Roo Arcus, Dennis ‘Fibber’ Parker, and John Elliott have joined 300 others in country music history.

The Tamworth Country Music Festival will continue into the weekend, where performances will take place from pubs to clubs across the city.

At this stage, the 2023 Golden Guitar ceremony has been scheduled to return on the regular January date.

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