SOUTH-WEST artists are among the nominees named yesterday for the Australian recording industry’s night of nights.
The ARIA awards will be held at Star City in Sydney on December 1 and it’s expected that some of our region’s finest will be there with their fingers crossed.
Killarney’s Archie Roach was the only south-west nominee to be announced yesterday who has already won an ARIA.
He won two gongs at the 1991 awards and could add a third to his collection after being nominated in the best blues and roots album category for his record Into The Bloodstream. Part of that album was recorded at St Brigid’s Church in Crossley.
It will be up against albums by Mama Kin, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Russell Morris and The Cat Empire.
Warrnambool rockers Air-bourne received their fourth ARIA nomination yesterday and will be hoping for their first win.
Their release Black Dog Barking was nominated in the best hard rock/heavy metal album category, which sees them competing against Karnivool, Northlane, The Amity Affliction and Thy Art Is Murder.
Airbourne were nominated twice in 2007 and again in 2010.
However, it seems unlikely the band will be able to attend the awards ceremony on December 1 as it falls between two dates on their UK tour.
Also nominated were Warrnambool radio duo Tom & Alex who are in the running for best comedy release for their album The Bits We’re Least Ashamed Of, which compiled segments from their popular Triple J breakfast program.
Former Terang resident Adam Harvey has been nominated for the fifth time in the best country album category, this time for The Great Country Songbook, his collaboration with Troy Cassar-Daley.
Harvey was nominated in the same category in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2010, but is yet to win an ARIA. His competition this year will be Jasmine Rae, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer.
Electronic artist Flume received the most nominations yesterday with eight, ahead of Tame Impala (seven), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (six) and Birds Of Tokyo (six).