NOBODY could accuse blues and roots act Hussy Hicks of short cuts.
They've toiled for every ounce of success. Not through detailing the minute details of their lives on social media or starring in a viral video or even from mass radio exposure.
Hussy Hicks - led by soulful vocalist Leesa Gentz and guitar whiz Julz Parker - have done it the old-fashioned way through relentless touring. Along the way they've recorded five records, including their 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards album of the year On The Boundaries, and been a Byron Bay Bluesfest regular.
Each album has been a stylistic shift from the last as they've incorporated their love of blues, folk, alt-country and rock. Now finally with the recent release of their latest single Get Ready, the wider music community is wising up to Hussy Hicks.
"When you're a little independent band you have to celebrate small victories along the way," Parker said. "We just try to keep it fun and interesting. It does feel like we've had a good run over the last few years and maybe a few channels that weren't giving us much attention are now, which has been lovely.
"Get Ready has been added to Double J rotation and getting good play on Triple J. Things like that have eluded us in the past and there's a more general awareness from people of the band."
Get Ready is the first release since Hussy Hicks became a four-piece, with long-time bassist Tracy Stephens and new drummer Ali Foster on board full-time. Parker said the additions were having a creative impact on the forthcoming sixth album, which is half complete.
"Often in the past we've come to the studio with completed songs and recorded them, whereas this is a bit like On The Boundaries, we took more ideas to the table and all sat around together and developed them," she said.
When the Herald caught up with Parker she was at Perisher Valley having played the Peak Music Festival. The performance followed a whirlwind USA tour that only ended in Alaska last week.
"I think maybe with the sun not going down in Alaska for a week our body clocks just got into permanent awake mode," she said. "We were really prepared for this to be a hard week and we just slept on the plane like champions and came here."
There's no stopping for Hussy Hicks. After shows in Canberra and Sydney they arrive back in Newcastle on Saturday joined by close friend, American "dirt road soul" artist Kristy Lee.
Parker and Gentz have been friends with Lee for 15 years and even performed on her 2012 album Raise The Dead, recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals studio.
"I would say happily she is one of my favourite artists in the world," Parker said.
Hussy Hicks and Kristy Lee perform at the Stag and Hunter Hotel on Saturday.