Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey.
Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey. Contributed

Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey pull out of music awards

TROY Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey have pulled out of next month's County Music Awards of Australia.

Late last night Harvey announced on his Facebook page that the duo were removing their acclaimed collaboration The Great Country Songbook from contention.

The album had been nominated for six awards including Album of the Year.

"I love country music, and I don't want our big night of nights in Tamworth to be over shadowed by any dramas over our nominations," Harvey wrote.

"I'll be there to support our fellow artists and celebrate our industry. I do want to thank everyone who got a copy of our album and who continues to support Troy and I. I'm really proud of this album."

Their withdrawal is in response to a letter by John Williamson published in Tamworth's Northern Daily Leader, in which he slammed the awards for becoming too Americanised.

Williamson has resigned as the CMAA president, a position he has held for the past 10 years, over his concerns for the awards and the local country music industry's apparent drive to produce "more Keith Urbans".

Daley has also posted a comment on his Facebook page, thanking his fans.

"To me the real judges are the fans and friends who chose to buy our music," he wrote.

"I just want to say thanks to them for their unconditional support through thick and thin."

New CMAA president Dobe Newton has also released a statement, expressing his sadness over the recent events.

"While Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey's decision to withdraw their album from the 2014 Golden Guitar Awards may be seen as a drastic move, it is perfectly understandable given the unnecessary media attention that's been generated," Newton said.

"How disappointing that a wonderfully received and commercially successful product should be 'tarnished' at a time when it should be celebrated."

Both Harvey and Daley still plan to attend the awards, which will be held in Tamworth on January 25.

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