IT WOULD be fair to say Jetty Road are veterans when it comes to the Tamworth Country Music Festival circuit.
It has been 15 years since the Victorian outfit made their debut as bright-eyed buskers on Peel Street.
They haven't missed a festival since 2005, but each year is still giving the two-time Golden Guitar winners a new experience.
This year, Jetty Road will co-headline the annual Ronald McDonald House charity concert, Country Under the Vines.
It is the first time Jetty Road has played this gig which has fast become a TCMF tradition at the Longyard Hotel.
Singer Paula Bowman said the decision to play the charity gig was an absolute "no-brainer".
All of the members of Jetty Road became parents in recent years, so Ronald McDonald House's cause was an easy one to support.
The service provides accommodation for families of sick children who need treatment away from home.
They're sharing the top-billing at Country Under the Vines with Catherine Britt.
Bowman said the band loves coming back to Tamworth on any terms.
The city holds a sentimental place in the band-members' hearts after they were discovered on Peel Street back in '05.
"We just love Tamworth," she said.
"It's the people, the general public get very up close and personal.
"But it's also the country music community, we have some very dear friends who we catch up with every year."
The 2020 festival could have even more significance for the three-piece.
They have earned their fourth-ever Golden Guitar nomination.
They're finalists in the best group or duo category, going up against the likes of Busby Marou, Cornell & Carr, Kevin Bennett & The Flood and The Viper Creek Band.
The group won Golden Guitars in 2010 and 2012, but Bowman said it would be okay if the band's name wasn't read out on the night.
She said being nominated was a tremendous feeling and the recognition from peers was a thrill.
Bowman hoped the festival would offer some relief after a very tumultuous end to 2019. Jetty Road know it all too well.
The band members grew up in East Gippsland which has been ravaged by bushfires in recent weeks.
"It has been so full on, the end of last year and the start of this year," she said.
"Hopefully, this might be a chance, even if people have not been affected, to take a breather and have a moment of enjoyment after we have seen some quite unusual things."
Country Under The Vines begins at the Longyard Hotel from 11.30am on Sunday, January 19 and tickets are available at the door or at tickets.oztix.com.au