Lee Kernaghan entertained the crowds at this year’s Urban Country Music Festival before his stop in Rocky in August.
Lee Kernaghan entertained the crowds at this year’s Urban Country Music Festival before his stop in Rocky in August. Contributed

Lee Kernaghan honours a fellow legend in live show

ON his biggest tour yet spanning 18 months, Australian country legend Lee Kernaghan still has a long way to go until he reaches the end of his journey, but he's having a good time doing it.

Taking his latest album, Beautiful Noise, all over Australia with country up-and-comers the Wolfe Brothers, Kernaghan is stopping in many regional towns including Rockhampton, where he will play in August.

His last time in the Beef Capital was supporting Dwight Yoakam last year in which he said the crowd became well-accustomed to his new tunes.

"They're singing (the songs) back to me now; they almost drown me out," the iconic singer laughed.

"Ute Me has been a big hit with the audiences and another one that's been really popular is Flying With the King."

Flying With the King is a song dedicated to the late Slim Dusty, whom Kernaghan was lucky enough to sit next to on a plane trip years ago.

"It was back in the late '90s. I was booked to fly from Sydney to Perth to play a festival in Mandurah, WA the next day," he said.

"I boarded the flight and as I got to my seat I realised I would be sitting next to the King of Country, Slim Dusty.

"For the next five or six hours we flew across Australia together. The memories of that flight will stay with me forever and now they've been turned into a song on the Beautiful Noise album."

Kernaghan said making the music video for the song which re-enacted the event was very moving and emotional.

"Seeing the end product of the video brought tears to me eye; I was fortunate enough to have had the time with Slim and that's what inspired the song," he said.

Also a supporter of the industry-led campaign to have the Aussie icon's legacy celebrated on June 13 by officially recognising the day as National Slim Dusty Day, Kernaghan said it was important to honour Slim and all he stood for.

"In the steps of Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, Slim Dusty embedded our culture and heritage into history. For over half a century Slim touched our hearts and minds through the music he made and the life he lived."

Finding plenty of inspiration for his next recording, Kernaghan said he would be getting back into the studio to make a new album after his tour finishes next year.

 

IF YOU GO

  • WHAT: Lee Kernaghan's Beautiful Noise National Tour w/ The Wolfe Brothers
  • WHERE: The Great Western Hotel
  • WHEN: Friday, August 2
  • TICKETS: On sale now at the venue, contact 4922 3888


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