The Northern Daily Leader
28 Jan, 2012 11:55 PM

“The often under-awarded but much-loved Bushwackers breathed new life into the classic I Am Australian, co-written by frontman Dobe Newton, taking out Toyota Heritage Song of the Year.

Dobe, who was dressed in a trademark suit with bright paint colours fashionably splashed across it made the band’s acceptance speech.

“Thank Christ I dressed up,” he said.

“I love you mate (to Roger Corbett). When we first came (to the Tamworth Country Music Festival) in 1981 we didn’t realise at the time we were becoming part of a community. Without our musical friends and city of Tamworth friends and fans we would have no career. Bless you and thank you very much.”

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