MUSIC 23 June 12, 2019 www.communitynews.com.au Mac rolls up sleeves for tour Lee Kernaghan FIVE years ago, Megan Sullivan McInerney was a WAAPA graduate uploading her first song to the triple j Unearthed website. Now she is known all over the world as Meg Mac and is about to wrap up a nation-wide sold-out tour. Her self-titled EP has gone platinum, her debut album landed at number two on the Australian ARIA albums chart and her single is close to hitting 20 million streams on Spotify. And she’s only 28. “It’s weird when you say it like that,” McInerney said. “I guess this is my whole life, so every day I’m working towards making more music and releasing more music and touring is just where it all pays off for me. “And I can sing, tell my story, sing my songs in front of people and this tour has been a dream.” So far, on the Give Me My Name Back Australian tour the Mel- Meg Mac will play a sold out show at the Astor Theatre to wrap up her latest Australian tour. All Austra-Lee-an bourne singer-songwriter has played soldout shows in Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Geelong, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle, Cairns and Hobart, with just two shows left in Adelaide and Perth – also sold out. “I’m always grateful for anyone to be at my shows, but when they sell out and to be playing not just in the major cities but visiting regional places, it’s been really exciting,” she said. Though she lived in North Perth for four years while studying music, McInerney said she had never been to the Astor Theatre. “I spent a lot of time on Beaufort Street; I would have passed the Astor Theatre so many times, so it feels so cool to know I’m playing that venue where I used to hang out,” she said. McInerney said she was also excited about the Perth show because it follows the release of her new mini-album on June 7, so fans should already be familiar with her new songs. She said this tour was quite an intimate show. “I really wanted to start telling stories about the songs so for a lot of the songs, before I play them I’m giving a little bit of an insight to what they’re about or where I was when I wrote it,” she said. Low Blows THE ESSENTIALS “It’s songs about Australia, songs about our way of life and my experiences out on the road,” he said. “The people I’ve met, the places I’ve been and people I’ve seen; that’s where all my songs have come from throughout my career.” Kernaghan embarked on an epic tour in May that includes stops at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on August 15 and Crown Theatre Perth on August 16. “I just wanted it to be Australia-wide where we covered all the state and territories because that’s where the music came from and where I drew my inspiration. I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone,” he said. AUSTRALIAN country music superstar Lee Kernaghan went from one side of the world to the other to make his 15th studio album, “It’s really different these days to how it used to be,” Kernaghan said. “There was a time where you’d just hook into the studio and you’d be there for a few weeks with the band then you’d come out with a record. “Now, music is made in studios, bedrooms, hotel rooms, everywhere, because of digital technology. This one was recorded in a bunch of different places, from my home studio (south of Brisbane), Rancom Street Studios in Sydney Roll WHAT: Lee Kernaghan Backroad Nation tour WHERE AND WHEN: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, August 15 Crown Theatre Perth, August 16 TICKETS: www.manpac. com.au or www. ticketmaster.com.au up Your Sleeves Backroad Nation. 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