COUN­TRY CLUB

THE BOY FROM THE BUSH IS BACK IN TOWN AND PLANS TO PARTY ’TIL THE COWS COME HOME

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

He’s a leg­end in ev­ery sense of the word, but de­spite cel­e­brat­ing his 25 year coun­try mu­sic ca­reer at the Fox­tel Coun­try Mu­sic Chan­nel Awards tonight, Lee Ker­naghan is a lit­tle side­tracked.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly ex­cited, not just about the awards, but the dress my wife is go­ing to wear,” Lee says.

“I’ve seen a few con­tenders and it’s go­ing to be great. I’d de­scribe them as … chic, coun­try ... hot. The CMCs are glam­our plus. If you think you know ev­ery­thing about coun­try, wait un­til the CMCs.”

While ob­vi­ously very proud of his wife, Lee has plenty more to be proud of, in­clud­ing an OAM, more than two mil­lion Aus­tralian al­bum sales, 34 No. 1 hits, 36 Golden Guitars, four ARIAs awards and one Aus­tralian of the Year ti­tle.

Tonight Lee will cel­e­brate his achieve­ments with some of his old­est, clos­est friends in the in­dus­try. Oh, and he’s also up for Aus­tralian Artist of the Year, Aus­tralian Male Artist of the Year and be­ing in­ducted into the CMC Hall of Fame.

“There’s a real sense of cel­e­bra­tion for the 25th an­niver­sary tour and al­bum,” he says. “I re­ally am so ex­cited for the new al­bum. There’s 13 new songs and duets with some re­ally amaz­ing artists, in­clud­ing The McC­ly­monts, Kasey Cham­bers, John Wil­liamson and James Blun­dell. It’s a bit of an epic time for me”

The CMC Awards is the largest an­nual fan-voted award in Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic.

“The great­est thing about the CMCs is that it’s not some ob­scure judg­ing panel, it’s the peo­ple,” he says.

“The fans – they mat­ter the most. There’s an in­cred­i­ble sense of ex­cite­ment and spirit at the CMCs.

“It re­ally is the cream of the crop and some of the finest artists in the world are mak­ing their way to the GC.”

It’s the first time in seven years our city has played host to the cer­e­mony and Lee couldn’t be happier.

“I was born in Vic­to­ria but I’ve been liv­ing in Queens­land for 20 years and there’s a say­ing that the cream al­ways rises to the top,” he says.

“So to all the new­com­ers liv­ing in Queens­land I say wel­come to the best state in Aus­tralia. Queens­land was very much the birth of the Out­back Club ... Gat­ton Col­lege at Dar­ling Downs was where the first sparks of pop­u­lar­ity ap­peared.

“Every­one’s a mem­ber of the Out­back Club. I’ve met a whole lot of them over the past 25 years – shook a lot of hands and kissed a lot of ba­bies.”

Need­less to say, it’s go­ing to be a big night for Lee, so if you see him on TV the next morn­ing look­ing a lit­tle worse for wear, you’ll know why.

“It’s the kind of night where you just wanna party ‘til the cows come home,” Lee says.

“But I’m go­ing to have to be mind­ful of a TV ap­pear­ance I have the next morn­ing, so I might be hung-over but hope­fully not com­pletely oblit­er­ated. Yeah, my man­ager must hate me.” The CMC Mu­sic Awards will broad­cast live tonight at 7.30pm on Fox­tel’s CMC and Fox­tel Play

IT’S THE KIND OF NIGHT WHERE YOU JUST WANNA PARTY ‘TIL THE COWS COME HOME

Gold Coast coun­try mu­sic star Lee Ker­naghan is set for the spot­light.

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