Reb Fountain picked up the top two prizes at this year’s New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore last night (May 31).
The singer-songwriter won Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist for her Hopeful and Hopeless EP, plus the APRA Best Country Music Song for the title track.
Hopeful and Hopeless was recorded live at the The Wine Cellar in 2014, the last time she shared a stage with her long time music collaborator, the late Sam Prebble. To help herself move on, she completed the unfinished projects she began with Sam – including Hopeful and Hopeless and Little Arrows, which earlier this year was short-listed as Best Folk Artist album.
Fountain says of the song ‘Hopeful and Hopeless’ is a song about “people just doing the best they can, trying to get by”.
“But it’s also a song that helped me find my sense of strength and hope and community when I thought that everything was lost,” she continues. “Of all of the songs I’ve written, this song reminds me most of the mighty mariner Sam Prebble, and even though he has passed, he is very present with me every time I play it, so to win best APRA Country Music Song for this means the world to me.”