MITCH Tambo has been isolating in the city during the coronavirus pandemic, but its his memories of home that are helping him get by and inspired his newest single.
The Gamilaraay performer recorded his new single LOVE pre-COVID-19, but the song has been a cathartic reminder of home and the reasons he holds it so dear.
"I believe that when I'm out there, my heart's broken open and my spirit is set free and I just feel ... this immense sense of healing when I'm back out on country at home," he said.
"The song starts in language and it talks about as the cockatoo sing on sunset, the stars light the sky with ancient stories, lost in the depth of the fire I'm at peace.
I am blessed in a sense that I've got those memories and through my music and through my song, I can feel country and connect with country.Mitch Tambo
"I am blessed in a sense that I've got those memories and through my music and through my song, I can feel country and connect with country."
And the song holds an important message, a sentiment Tambo thinks is more relevant than ever as people navigate the COVID-19 shutdown.
"LOVE is symbolic of self care, health, wellness, wellbeing, mental, spiritual, emotional, physical health," Tambo said.
"It's a reminder to look after yourself."
LOVE was released earlier this month, amid a tumultuous time for the arts and entertainment industry.
But a cancelled program won't hold the Tamworth man back.
Quick to find the silver lining, he's set up his own home studio to continue creating music, and launched a new talk show with the NITV network called Tambo Talk.
"Being isolated has allowed me to dive in and be creative and find other ways to keep connected to not only my fan base but also the wider community," he said.
Tambo Talk runs on Instagram Live on the NITV account on Friday nights and explores the "positive, uplifting" stories of other people on interesting journeys.
"Tambo Talk has really been set up to stay connected as a community, stay connected with each other and ... to hear about other people's journeys and how they've got to where they are in this world and what drives them," he said.
The music sector as a whole has been struck a huge economic blow by the coronavirus pandemic and gathering restrictions, but Tambo has faith it'll all work out.
"I think the best way to support us is to just keep following our journeys, keep streaming our music ... I think it's just about staying connected because while we're not out there on stages and things, you can certainly connect with us through Spotify, iTunes, and certainly through our social media channels," he said.
And as soon as travel restrictions lift, Tambo said he'll be straight on the road and paying a "sneaky visit to Tammy".