THEY could be known as one of the most Aussie bands on the Australian country music scene and this year, Simply Bushed will celebrate 20 years at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The group are gearing up for one of their biggest festivals and it all begins when they launch the opening concert on Friday, January 19.
But it doesn’t stop there, with a host of shows including their famous bush dance on Monday, January 24, at Wests’ and the launch of their brand new album Here and Now at The Albert hotel on Australia Day.
Frontmen Paul Grierson and Chris Rieger said they’re gearing up for a big celebration.
“We’re really excited, there is so much new stuff happening,” Grierson said.
“The new songs and the new album are coming out and it’s also our 20th festival.
“It’s a good time for Simply Bushed and we always have a great time at the festival- I think it’s going to go off like a frog in a sock.”
Grierson was a former dance teacher, and he said the bush dance is one of the things he most looks forward to at the festival.
“I have gone to bush dances all my life, and now I am doing them, it is one of my favourite things,” he said.
“Now I’m a granddad and I see grandparents get up and dance with their grandchildren, I think it is one of the most beautiful things.”
Grierson describes Simply Bushed as “the most accidental band ever” after the band started off with one gig, with no intention to pursue a career - but the gigs kept rolling in.
“And somehow, 20 years went by,” he said.
“A part from my family, Simply Bushed is the best thing in my life.”
Rieger said he was proud of how far the band had come and he was looking forward to a big celebration in Tamworth.
“It’s a milestone for the band, and Tamworth is like going home for us.”
“We love the place and even recorded the majority of our album there because we feel a connection to Tamworth, and representing Australia as we do - it is the home of country music.
“I’ve always had faith in Simply Bushed and I always believed we would go along way. When Pauly and I write songs, when it touches our hearts we know it will touch the hearts of others, and in 20 years we are still writing those songs.”
- Monday, January 22, at Wests’ League Club from 7pm. Tickets from the venue.