Tribute song wins big

Simply Bushed’s song commemorating Anzac Day has earned the band a top award at Tamworth Country Music Festival.
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The song, ‘Raise Your Glass’ wonthe Tamworth Songwriters Association’sAnzac Song of the Year award.

More than 100 artists submitted their songs in the national contest.

Singer Paul Grierson said he and band mate Chris Rieger were emotional about the win.

“If there was one award we really wanted to win it was this one,” he said.

“I was gobsmacked, when I got up to do the speech nothing came out.

“It was a very emotional win.”

The St Helen’s Park resident said the band would perform the song at the Australian War Memorial later in the year.

“Both Chris and I had grandfathers that served Australia in World War II,” Mr Grierson said.

“Most Australians are connected to a military heritage.

“We would like to dedicate our win to the young soldiers who are still serving – many of whom are going to need our help.”

Mr Grierson said the song was written in half an hour.

“Songs come around in many different ways, this one just came to me and we fine tuned it together,” he said.

“If people we singing this song for years to come it would be a wonderful legacy.”

The band has performed for soldiers in Australia andtraveled to the Solomon Islands and the Middle East to perform for soldiers serving overseas.

The bandhave just returned from the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

“We had a ripper –all of our shows sold out and we bought home a major award,” Mr Grierson said.

”We were also finalists in the Golden Guitars for the same song in the Video Clip of the Year category but were pipped at the post by a very powerful clip.”

Mr Grierson and Mr Rieger celebrated their 10thvisit to the country music festival.

“It’s really wonderful to sing all of our songs and catch up fans and our musician mates,” he said.

“We had an absolute ball.”

Simply Bushed have anew EP available called Military Issue, it is availble for sale on the band’s website.

“We will also be recording a new album middle of this year,” Mr Grierson said.

“We also have a free show coming up at the Hawkesbury Hotel in Windsor on February 18.”

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