RAISE YOUR GLASS Novocastrian hopes will rest on the shoulders of Mount Hutton-bred country star Morgan Evans when the ARIA Awards are held at The Star casino in Sydney on November 27. Evans was the sole Hunter artist listed when nominations were revealed on Thursday.
His debut record Things We Drink To is in the running for Best Country Album against Charlie Collins (Snowpine), Felicity Urquhart (Frozen Rabbit) Lee Kernaghan (Backroad Nation) and Sara Storer (Raindance). The single Day Drunk was also nominated for Song Of The Year, against the likes of Amy Shark, Dean Lewis and Birds Of Tokyo.
Breakthrough artist Toni Watson, aka Tones and I, leads the charge with eight ARIA nominations, followed by The Teskey Brothers and Hilltop Hoods with seven.
LAUNCH PAD Newcastle songwriter Alex Knight, aka Brightness, has built up his "indie cool" in the past two years despite limited live performances. His debut album Teething in 2017 was never launched in the Hunter, but he's using a different method for his self-titled second album out on October 25. Brightness will perform an acoustic show at Wallsend's Hiss & Crackle Records at 2pm on October 26.
CHEEKY Newcastle cocktail bar Blue Kahunas is serving up something different in their drinks next Thursday when they host a burlesque night. Up Late and Uncut will feature performances from dancers Miss Kelly Ann Doll, Porcelain Alice and Eva Devore.
TOP SUPPORT Rising Queensland indie-folk songwriter Greta Stanley will join UK star Newton Faulkner at his Cambridge Hotel show on October 19.