COUNTRY singer John Williamson has worked the tough and demanding country music scene for more than 40 years.
He's sold more than four million albums and three ARIA and 24 Golden Guitar awards as well as countless MO and APRA awards.
He's a member of the ARIA Hall of Fame and has countless platinum and gold albums to his name.
And yet Williamson still believes he has more to learn.
"I never really thought that I was on top of the world at any stage," Williamson said.
"It's been good not to rest on your laurels and improve as a singer and a player.
"I think it's a healthy attitude."
Williamson said the reason why he was continually growing as an entertainer was because he was having to come up with new ways of promoting Australian country music.
"It has taken a long time for people to accept the Australian style of music, but I think I have won that race," he said.
"I thinks it's growing and Australians are becoming proud of who they are.
"I think we are heading towards a republic and that is a fact of us becoming proud of who we are."
Williamson will perform as part of the four-day Total Country and Novotel Sydney Rooty Hill event at Rooty Hill RSL Club on Saturday, October 26.
■ Details: rootyhillrsl.com.au.