It was a ‘wildfire’ heartwarming case of local-girl-does-good at the announcement of winners of the 2019 NZ Country Music Awards, held as part of the annual Gold Guitar Awards, in Gore on May 30. Jenny Mitchell received the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist title and Tui award, while Holly Arrowsmith was recognised with the APRA Best Country Song for her track Slow Train Creek.
Gore’s own Jenny Mitchell began her career as a teenager and has released two albums. On the strength of her sophomore release ‘Wildfires’ she has a Tui to enhance her trophy cabinet, which already features a Gold Guitar Award and MLT Songwriting trophy. Released in late 2018, ‘Wildfire’ was crowdfunded and recorded in Australia with production by Matt Fell. She has toured to promote the album in Europe and Australasia.
Best Country Song winner Holly Arrowsmith previously won a folk Tui for her first album ‘For The Weary Traveller’ in 2016. Also crowdfunded, her second album ‘A Dawn To Remember’, which was recorded between a cottage in the coastal town of Colac Bay and The Sitting Room recording studio in Lyttelton with producer Ben Edwards.