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Interview: Lee Kernaghan – Boys from the Bush Concert Tour

Lee Kernaghan is packing up the ute and heading to Adelaide to perform this April.

Australian country music legend Lee Kernaghan is hitting the road again for the first time in several years. With a ute-load of hits, four ARIA Awards and 38 Golden Guitars to his credit, Lee Kernaghan’s Boys from the Bush – The Concert rolls into Adelaide on Friday 19 April at the Hindley Street Music Hall.

Bursting onto the Australian music scene in the 1990s with his ground-breaking brand of rural rock, Lee Kernaghan’s style of country struck a chord with a younger generation of fans, paving homage to the bush, people he met and their ways of life.

Ahead of his Adelaide show, Lee Kernaghan spoke to Glam Adelaide’s Arts Editor Ben Stefanoff about his career, the tour and where his love of music grew from.

“It’s always been there in my DNA. My father was a singer and even on my mum’s side there was always music. My parents were dairy farmers and my grandfather was a drover of sheep and cattle, but they all sang, so it was in me and it had to come out.”

Lee shared with Glam why he loves country music and what drove him to pursue a career in it.

“It is the fact that it’s made up of such a melting pot of musical influences – from rock, pop, bluegrass, even at times heavy metal and hip hop. It’s such an exciting format. But at its heart, it is authentic through its lyric writing and storytelling. As George Jones famously said, ‘Three chords and the truth’. It’s through that authentic style of storytelling that songs are written and recorded that they become not just something that turns up on the chart today and is gone tomorrow, but they become enduring. For example, when I wrote and recorded Boys From The Bush, my very first single over 30 years ago, I never thought it would still be going strong today. It’s got such a fresh sound to it.”

Over the years, Lee has written plenty of hits, including 15 chart-topping albums and 39 number one hit singles. We asked Lee where he draws his inspiration from when it comes to songwriting.

“Traveling is certainly something that sparks inspiration for me when it comes to writing. Several years ago I had an amazing trip out through Western Queensland and then we sort of crossed over the border into the great state of South Australia. We wound up at Innamincka and the Innamincka Hotel and camped up at Cooper Creek. All of that area in there and across the Stony Desert has come to life in a lot of the songs I’ve written over the years. But it’s also just meeting people and the things you learn and pick up along the way. Often people and stories they tell become songs on albums.”

After several years without touring, Lee is hitting the road again with his band performing right across the country.

“I love making connections. I love the connections I make not just with my band and touring crew, but the audiences who have kept coming to see me perform and buy my music. Without them, there’s no career. Some people call them fans, but I call them family.”

Lee promises that his Adelaide gig will be a great night celebrating country music.

“Well I will be holding the annual general meeting of the Outback Club at the Hindley Street Music Hall. It’ll be a big party, it’s my first major concert for a while and everyone’s invited.I’m looking forward to getting back on stage with the band and performing all the songs that fans (my family) love.”

Lee Kernaghan will be performing at the Hindley Street Music Hall on Friday 19 April 2024. Tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster: https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/lee-kernaghan-tickets/artist/1094020 .

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