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COUN­TRY mu­sic fans will be in for a treat with Aus­tralian mu­sic sen­sa­tion Troy Kemp set to play at Rooty Hill RSL this Fri­day.

Kemp, for­merly part of coun­try mu­sic duo McAlister Kemp with Drew McAlister, has helped bring coun­try mu­sic to the fore­front of Aus­tralia’s mu­sic in­dus­try.

But now, Kemp will forge his own path af­ter the pop­u­lar pair de­cided to take a hia­tus in March.

“It was time to take a break,” he said.

“I really want to have a dig at the na­tional mar­ket (on my own).”

Fans at Rooty Hill RSL will hear him per­form songs from de­but solo al­bum Against the Grain, which fea­tures his hit sin­gle How We Roll Around Here, which has al­ready hit num­ber 1 on The Coun­try Mu­sic Chan­nel’s top 50 count­down.

Known for his high-en­ergy per­for­mances, the coun­try mu­sic star will de­light fans on Fri­day night. Kemp said he was ex­cited ahead of his first solo show at Rooty Hill - the home of coun­try mu­sic in Western Sydney.

“I’m hop­ing for a big night at Rooty Hill (RSL Club),” he said.

Against the Grain has been de­scribed by Kemp as “the al­bum that will de­fine my ca­reer” and has kicked off a num­ber of firsts for both him and the al­bum’s pro­ducer.

He de­vel­oped the solo al­bum with good friend and guitarist Jeremy Barnes.

“I really feel like it’s (the al­bum) me,” he said.

Tick­ets for the show are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets to the show, visit rooty­

Troy Kemp will per­form songs from his de­but solo al­bum at Rooty Hill RSL Club.

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