UPDATE: The Swamp Stompers show at Club Sapphire this month has been postponed.
Corey Legge of the Swamp Stompers knows what the Bega Valley faced over the last bushfire season as he was at his parents' home outside Bega when the fires first hit the region.
"It was pretty scary stuff," the band's guitarist and vocalist said.
"Mum and Dad got doorknocked by the police on the 4th of January to ask if they were staying or going because the fire was pushing at the outskirts of Bega.
"They got through it unscathed though.
"My brother was in Cobargo when the firefront hit through his work with the VRA [Volunteer Rescue Association].
"They were using hoses to try and put out the fires."
The widespread disaster also impacted on the band's tour schedule.
"We had to cancel all of our South Coast shows due to the bushfires in the first week of January, which was a real bummer," Legge said.
"It was just a tough time for everybody."
Speaking to Australian Community Media earlier in March, after the announcement all the fires in the Far South Coast had stopped burning, Legge said a "sense of normality" was returning to him, the band and his family.
Both his own experiences as well as those of the people around him have left an impression, as he has used them to write a song for his solo project.
"I think it's good way to open up and share, and it's a good way to heal," he said.
The Swamp Stompers are preparing for a trip to Europe in May.
"We're really excited!" Legge said.
"We've been working towards this for eight years and our dreams are finally coming to fruition."
His band will perform 15 shows across cities like Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Hamburg in Germany, as well as a lot of smaller cities and regional areas in between.
"I think it's the next step for us in our career," the 27-year-old said.
"Not every Australian band gets the opportunity to go overseas and tour.
"It will certainly be a bucket list item ticket off for me and Luke [Ligtenburg].
"It's an amazing achievement for us."
Legge said the band had no immediate plans for a new record as they were focusing on their live shows at the moment, but would hopefully release some new material soon.
The Swamp Stompers intended to perform at Club Sapphire, Merimbula on Friday, March 27.
Unfortunately, the performance has had to be postponed to to a later date to be advised.