Country music star Adam Brand leads the Tamworth Country Music Festival artist line-up this year.
Country music star Adam Brand leads the Tamworth Country Music Festival artist line-up this year. Contributed - Full Force Media

Golden guitar has opened its gates to country lovers

THE home of the golden guitar has opened its gates to the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The NSW town's premier music event kicks off tonight with 55,000 visitors expected to attend the festival over the next week.

Country music stars Adam Brand and Melinda Schneider lead the artist line-up this year.

The festival is in 41st year.