Ex-Gunnedah musician Dan Murphy is living his best life at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The festival veteran said the recent rain had put everyone in "good spirits" and the crowds were "better than I expected" considering the nation's bushfires.
"I thought it was going to be like a ghost town ... [but] the shows have been full, standing room only ... we're killin' it," Murphy said.
"There's been a real nice, happy vibe especially with the rain. Everyone's loving it. We've had kids rolling all over the wet floor. It was so funny."
Murphy didn't meet the band's bass player until their first gig on Thursday, but they haven't missed a beat.
"It's been awesome. From the second gig, we were in the zone, sitting in the pocket and loving it," Murphy said.
"We love what we're doing and it feeds into the crowd ... we're running out of time at shows and we've got all these songs to play still."
Murphy is a crowd favourite and new and longtime fans are always keen to chat to him after the gigs.
"I've been seeing people at other shows and they've thanked me, said they saw me somewhere and loved it and are planning to come to the next one," he said.
Murphy is playing right through until January 26.