BIG WIN: Rockhampton songwriter Keith Jamieson and singer Jeff Brown won Golden Guitars for Keith’s song “I Love Australia” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
BIG WIN: Rockhampton songwriter Keith Jamieson and singer Jeff Brown won Golden Guitars for Keith’s song “I Love Australia” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Contributed

Rocky songwriter brings home gold after winning bush ballad

SONGWRITER Keith Jamieson is coming back from Tamworth with a little more luggage than he left with.

Keith has a Golden Guitar statue to bring back to Rockhampton, after picking up the win at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

You can hear the excitement in his voice as he explains that he is just "over the moon" with his big win.

The 65-year-old was nominated in the Bush Ballad section for his song "I Love Australia" which was recorded by country artist Jeff Brown.

"I'm so excited. When me and Jeff went to get our award we were saying to ourselves - did we really win?" Keith explained.

"It's my first Golden Guitar in 35 years.

"This is the third time I've been nominated."

Keith and Jeff have collaborated before, with Jeff recording six of Keith's songs in the past.

"Jeff brought the song to life and kept it traditional, but modernised it at the same time," Keith said.

He is hoping that singers and songwriters continue to sing and appreciate bush ballads.

"I think we can forge forward with country music, but never ever forget our past and pioneers," Keith said.

And when it comes to songs, bush ballads top Keith's list.

"I just love Australia," he said.

"We've been around Australia four times and I still like recording songs about it.

"I just love writing about our country and its people and places," Keith said.

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