TANIA KERNAGHAN’S RINGSIDE FOR THE GOLD COAST SHOW
TANIA Kernaghan is looking forward to her 15 minutes of fame – three lots of it in fact – when she gives the Gold Coast a short and sweet taste of the outback at this weekend’s Gold Coast Show.
The local country music star, a five-time Golden Guitar Award winner, will perform a 15-minute acoustic set of her signature hits each night from tomorrow until Sunday.
Kernaghan says she’s chosen the right songs for the right occasion and can’t wait to lasso in a few new fans.
The daughter of Ray Kernaghan and sibling of Lee Kernaghan says agricultural shows are close to her heart.
‘‘Many, many years ago I was Miss Albury Showgirl,’’ she says, laughing.
‘‘It’s something I love to get behind and support. From the livestock to sideshow alley, I love every part of it. Agricultural shows are something I am very passionate about and the community should get behind their local show.’’
Currently celebrating her 20th year of recording, Kernaghan has released six albums.
She says her love for country music was embedded from a young age.
‘‘I was about nine the first time I went on tour with Dad and I was four when I first got up on stage,’’ she says.
‘‘Having those years on the road travelling gave (my brothers and sisters) a big love for the country. That’s why I am a big advocate for flying the flag really high for our country.’’
From the people she meets to the places she visits, Kernaghan is wholeheartedly inspired by rural Australia.
‘‘We have had the opportunity from a young age to get into the fabric of Australian people. I usually gather a lot of ideas when I am on the road travelling – my songs are about personal experiences or stories people share with me.’’
Last year, the country music songstress compiled a 20-track Greatest Hits album that features hits Dad’s Not Gonna Like It, Leave Like a Man and When I Ride.
Kernaghan tips her hat to musicians such as Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, who have been ‘‘instrumental in making country music cool’’.
‘‘Country music is not always Western music,’’ she says. ‘‘It actually covers a lot of styles, from rockabilly to bluegrass and everything else in between.
‘‘People often put (country music) in the basket of hay bales and hats. But you don’t have to wear a hat to be country. There are terrific stories to be told about landscapes and people.’’
Tania Kernaghan plays the Gold Coast Show’s Grandstand, at Parklands Showgrounds, tomorrow at 7.40pm and Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. Visit goldcoastshow.com.au for details.
Singer and songwriter Tania Kernaghan