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He’s released 3 ARIA #1 albums and garnered 3 CMAA Golden Guitar awards – most recently Male

Artist of the Year 2023. Accolades have come thick and fast for lovable troubadour, Andrew Swift,

since his foray into Country music some years ago.

As Swift stood on the Toyota Star Maker stage in 2017, before thousands of Tamworth festivalgoers

and surrounded by his fellow top 10 finalists, he waited nervously for one name to be read the

victor... It wasn’t his. But that balmy January night kickstarted the singer-songwriter’s illustrious


Adorned in tattoos, sporting a bushy beard and ball cap, he looks like someone who might be

passionate about craft beer or 18-hour smoked brisket. But don’t let that rough exterior fool you.

He’s not a BBQ pitmaster - although he can whip up some mean nachos – he’s a bonafide Country

songsmith... and a real sweetheart.

He describes his music as “a gateway drug to Country music”, much like the Tamworth Country

Music Festival was for him when he first arrived from Melbourne; a former pop-punk guitarist

who’d been told he had “a bit of a Country vibe”. The undeniable sense of community between

artists had him hooked. “Everybody knew each other and was so supportive. I hadn’t seen anything

like that before,” he reminisces. “I fell in love with it and haven’t looked back.”

A year later his ARIA #1 debut album, ‘Call Out For The Cavalry’, cemented him as one of Australia’s

most discerning storytellers. Its tales of Runaway Trains and Reckless Desires earned him a

whopping 4 Golden Guitar nominations in 2019 – not bad for an upstart – from which he took

home gongs for Alt Country Album of the Year and New Talent of the Year.

His sophomore effort, ‘The Art of Letting Go’, came three years later, after a signing with ABC and a

whirlwind of touring alongside some of the genre’s biggest names - The Wolfe Brothers, Catherine

Britt and Shannon Noll, to name a few. As a former seller and repairer of caravans – “I worked all

sorts of jobs to support my musical dreams,” he chuckles – he was almost too keen to pack his life

into a retro teardrop and hit the road.

The new record debuted again at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country chart and became the 5th

highest selling Australian Country Music album in 2021. Hits like ‘Head Full of Honey’ and ‘Say The

Word’ spun light-hearted stories of courtship and calamity through a sonic lens that pushed the

boundaries of the genre.

In 2021 Swift was invited to host the Golden Guitar Awards alongside Catherine Britt and at the

recent 2023 awards, took out the title of Male Artist of the Year - following two massive sold out

shows during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Swift’s forthcoming album, ‘Lightning Strikes and Neon Nights’ - slated for release on April 28, 2023

- is his most daring yet. Produced by the incomparable Matt Fell (Troy Cassar-Daley, Fanny

Lumsden), it mixes Swift’s signature grit with retro soundscapes and contemporary rhythms.

Nostalgic tales of ‘Young Lovers’, reminiscing on ‘The Good Old Days’ are what Swift refers to as


“the lightning strikes”. While songs that detail Country music’s wilder side, like ‘Cheap Liquor’ and

‘Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em’ light up like neon nights.

Described as “... an Australian songwriting heavyweight - with a powerfully evocative voice to

match” by Country Update, Swift is undoubtedly a force to reckoned with. Fitting to his image. But

remember there’s much more to this man than meets the eye.

Despite his meteoric ascent he’s immensely passionate about helping those following in his

footsteps. “If they can learn from my mistakes, I’m always happy to help,” he smiles. It’s this same

compassion that earned him the mantle of official ambassador for Gundagai’s Dog on the



Swift is truly both sides of the coin; a wayward vagabond and a sweetheart. His songs brood on gut-

wrenching heartache and revel in limitless joy. A master performer and one hell of a guy.

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