Ker­naghan on the road to Hor­sham

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

It is nearly 30 years since Lee Ker­naghan burst onto the scene, but the Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic leg­end has guar­an­teed a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple who come to his show in Hor­sham next month.

Ker­naghan last vis­ited the Wim­mera in May 2016.

The next year he launched his 25th An­niver­sary Al­bum tour, com­mem­o­rat­ing a quar­ter of a cen­tury since his break­out sin­gle Boys from the Bush.

While the 25th An­niver­sary Al­bum Tour delved into Ker­naghan’s past, he said his cur­rent tour, in sup­port of new al­bum Back­road Na­tion, was about pro­vid­ing a fresh show for new and old fans alike.

“This is a brand new pro­duc­tion and a brand new show,” he said.

“This is prob­a­bly the big­gest show I’ve ever taken out on the road in Aus­tralia in terms of the tech­nol­ogy and the au­dio-vis­ual setup and the lights and cam­eras. It’s re­ally interactiv­e.

“I just want peo­ple to have a great night out that they’re go­ing to be

talk­ing about and have great mem­o­ries of for a long time to come.

“We’re go­ing to take this to a whole new level.”

Ker­naghan said his new al­bum was fun and up­beat, and drew on plenty of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

“There’s a lot of my DNA in th­ese songs,” he said.

“The al­bum has been a cou­ple of years in the mak­ing and it’s songs about us – our way of life.

“The ti­tle track is called Back­road Na­tion, and one of my great pas­sions in life is get­ting out on the road and feel­ing like the weight of the world falls off my shoul­ders.

“There’s noth­ing like a dirt road to re­ally get you un­wound.

“Rolling out a swag some­where out in the bush, hav­ing a camp oven, a fire in the ground, boil­ing the billy and knock­ing back a few drinks with my mates is some­thing I re­ally love and some­thing that’s en­cap­su­lated in the Back­road Na­tion song.

“I think it’s go­ing to make peo­ple feel good.

“That’s what you want out of mu­sic: you want it to lift you up, you want to be able to have a bar­be­cue with friends over or head out on a road trip and put that mu­sic on and have it be a great sound­track to what you’re do­ing.”

Ker­naghan will be sup­ported by The Wolfe Broth­ers and Christie Lamb on his tour.

He said he was ex­cited to re­turn to the Wim­mera – a place he had fond mem­o­ries of.

In 2007 Ker­naghan head­lined a ‘Spirit of the Bush’ con­cert at Lon­gerenong in sup­port of drought-af­fected farm­ers. The event at­tracted 20,000 peo­ple.

He said the con­cert was a cher­ished memory.

“We did the big Spirit of the Bush con­cert there dur­ing the Mil­len­nium Drought and the way the com­mu­nity got to­gether to sup­port the lo­cal farm­ing fam­i­lies is some­thing that will stay in my heart for­ever,” he said.

Ker­naghan will play at Hor­sham Town Hall on Thurs­day, June 13.

Peo­ple can book tick­ets by vis­it­ing web­site www.leek­er­naghan.com.

HIT: Coun­try artist Lee Ker­naghan will show­case his new al­bum Back­road Na­tion at Hor­sham Town Hall next month.

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