Tami Neilson wins country album Tui in Gore

Tami Neilson has won the Best Country Music Album tour for Dynamite!
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Tami Neilson has won the Best Country Music Album tour for Dynamite!

Tami Neilson's Dynamite! is the nation's Best Country Music Album for 2015, while Kaylee Bell and Jared Porter's Pieces is the Best County Music Song. 

Both awards were presented at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore on Saturday night.

It's the fourth time Neilson has taken home the Best Country Music Album Tui - she also won the title in 2009, 2010 and 2012. She had further success in 2014 when she won the APRA Silver Scroll for her song Walk.

Kaylee Bell and Jared Porter's Pieces has won the Best County Music Song Tui.
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Kaylee Bell and Jared Porter's Pieces has won the Best County Music Song Tui.

Recorded Music NZ chief executive Damian Vaughan said Neilson is a true asset to New Zealand's country music scene. 

"Yet again, Tami has crafted something truly spectacular. Dynamite! is a world class album that is filled with songs that are instant classics.".

"All of the finalists were outstanding this year and I congratulate them all on their excellent recordings."

Like Neilson, Bell is no stranger to country music success. In 2014 she was awarded the Tui for Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Album, while in 2013 she won Best Female Artist at the National Country Music Awards. 

Last year, Bell joined with 2014 Toyota Star Maker winner, Jared Porter, to write Pieces.

Porter has also had his share of success - he has been announced as a Gold Guitar finalist for New Talent of the Year 2015, has toured Australia extensively and recorded his debut album East to West.

APRA AMCOS director of NZ operations, Anthony Healey, said Pieces was a fine songwriting collaboration.

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"Jared and Kaylee have married two elegant voices into a captivating and emotional story, crafting an exceptional song" Healey said. 

The New Zealand Country Music Awards are hosted as part of Gore's Gold Guitar week. The festival attracts more than 5,000 fans annually and is in its 41st year.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Album

Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams Sad But True Volume 3

Glen Moffatt Superheroes and Scary Things

Tami Neilson Dynamite - winner

Finalists for APRA Best Country Music Song

Bill Morris Hinterland

Tami Neilson You Lie

Kaylee Bell & Jared Porter Pieces - winner

 - The Southland Times

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