LEETON'S Redbak Recording Studios could soon have a Golden Guitar-winning artist to add to its credits.
The studio was home to country artist Bec Hance while she recorded her album Proud of My Country, with the track Albert Campbell up for a Golden Guitar at this weekend's Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth.
The Victorian-based singer-songwriter was also given the female vocal award at the Gidgee Coal awards in Queensland and is up for several others at the Bungendore Country Music Awards.
Ms Hance is a friend of Leeton musician Sharon Benjamin, who also plays a role with the studios.
Studio manager and producer Mark Hillier was excited for all involved.
"Bec is an Australian bush balladeer who is really quite talented," he said.
"We're really proud of what she has achieved ... it's a bit of long-winded story as to how she wound up recording here.
"She's friends with Sharon and wasn't happy with where she was recording, so she came down here.
"She is certainly the first artist that we've had here be nominated for a Golden Guitar."
Redbak has been operating in Leeton for the last nine years and has had many artists and musicians through the door.
Young Leeton band 3 Way Lane is currently using the studios as a rehearsal space, with well-known Leeton musician Mark Smith also laying down tracks at the Petersham Road complex.
Mr Hillier said country music continued to be a tough industry in Australia.
"There are some fantastic artists out there," he said.
Mixing and mastering the tracks is done by Marcus Hooper in Canberra, who is also part of the Redbak team, despite the distance.
"There's definitely been big changes in how we do things, but it's made everything a fair bit easier with new technology and all of that," Mr Hillier said.
The Country Music Awards of Australia will be held on Saturday.