Launceston musician David Lee has ticked off one of his bucket list items by busking for the first time at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Mr Lee has performed at country shows around Tasmania but said he had never busked or performed at Tamworth before.
Country music has always been Mr Lee’s passion, since he was a toddler.
“I’ve always enjoyed it; I grew up listening to people like Charlie Pride and people like that,” he said.
“I love the sound, I love the stories behind the songs.”
Mr Lee said he had always wanted to attend and participate at Australia’s biggest country music festival but it took a bit of prodding from his wife to give him the motivation to attend this year.
Mr Lee said he learned to play the guitar when he was 13-year-old but has only played country shows in Tasmania before Tamworth.
“I was on the Coca-Cola stage the other day, that’s a pretty big one to get on to, and the atmosphere was amazing,” he said.
He said he was able to play cover songs from Lee Kernaghan and Charlie Pride as part of his busking scene but he also played some original songs that he co-wrote.
“I released an album just before I got up here so it was great to be able to play some of those songs, I haven’t really played any of them public before because I was saving them for here,” he said.
He said he’d learned a few things while at the festival he hoped to bring back home for his performances in Tasmania.
“The atmosphere is so welcoming, it’s so positive but there’s a lot happening,” he said.
Mr Lee said he’d definitely come back to Tamworth. He is travelling with his wife and two-year-old daughter.
Tamworth Country Music Festival is held at Tamworth, New South Wales from January 20-29.