Brendan Dugan recieves Benny Award
Country music legend Brendan Dugan, who lives in Tauranga, recently received the Benny Award. The accomplished singer has recorded 15 studio albums, been on 15 US tours including a Grand Ole Opry performance in Nashville, and appeared on TV shows like Nashville Now. His latest record Honky Tonk Heroes also went to No 1 on the Top 40 Country Songs Australian Airplay and Tasmanian Independent Country charts.
Bay News caught upwith the artist to find out why the Benny Award is so special.
The Benny Award is the highest honour that can be awarded to a New Zealand variety performer, how do you
feel about receiving that accolade?
I feel very honoured to receive this award. I have won many over the years but this is the award I wanted because it is awarded by the people in the industry.
Your career has spanned 50 years and 2019 is the first time you will be attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival— why has it taken so long to make an appearance and what are you looking forward to the most?
Really looking forward to Tamworth as I have always been away when it has been on. My manager Aly Cook has put it together and the show is selling well on the back of our hit recording Honky Tonk Heroes on the Austalian top 40.
What is your music inspired by and who are your favourite artists?
I have always loved country music since I first heard John Hore Grenell sing. So I love his music to this day, aswell as Merle Haggard.
How long have you lived in Tauranga and what do you like most about the Bay of Plenty? Just over 10 years and I love the weather.
How will you round off this year and do you plan to make another record— and if so, when?
Anew CD is next on the agenda and that will be No 15. I still have plenty of shows to do and finish at the Citizens Club with Dennis Marsh for New Year’s Eve.