Bush balladeer wins QLD award for eighth time
FROM the humble setting of Thangool, Ashley Cook can now add some more accolades to an already tremendously successful career.
Mr Cook was named Queensland Bush Balladeer of the Year for the eighth time at the Gold Medallion Media Awards in Tamworth on January 23.
Thanks to the success of his seventh album, Keeping the Past Alive, the Thangool artist carried on from 2019 where he was inducted into the Hands of Fame Cornerstone in Tamworth.
“I felt pretty stoked to be announced as the winner again this year,” Mr Cook said.
“You’re up against good competition all the time.”
Held at the Butlers Auditorium in Tamworth during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Gold Medallion Media Awards aim to promote, preserve and acknowledge the Australian Country Music Recording Industry.
Mr Cook and artists that he collaborated with on the album Keeping the Past Alive received the Australia National Tradition award.
However, the 53-year-old isn’t revelling in his success but instead looking ahead to 2020 and a packed touring schedule.
“I picked up more contacts in Tamworth and things are going from strength to strength,” Mr Cook said.
“I’ve got bookings, touring and festival appearances with Lindsay Butler and Shaza Leigh already planned as well as a big southern tour and one through North Queensland.
“There’s always great artists to team up with in Tamworth to have fun and put on some good shows and I can’t wait to tour with Lindsay and Shaza.”
Mr Cook was in Tamworth for 10 days during the Tamworth Country Music Festival where he performed some solo shows and identified some future talent.
“I ran Cookies Cook Up, a talent search show for walk-ups and for people that may want to record,” Mr Cook said.
“We picked up some people this year that will go into the studies for the recording.
“I was also asked to do judging at a bush ballad talent quest so I was stoked about that.”
The bush balladeer said that he’s constantly amazed at the amount of people that still love the old bush ballads.