Boy from the bush is back in town as Kernaghan tours Backroad Nation

Lee Kernaghan.
Lee Kernaghan.

AUSTRALIAN country music superstar Lee Kernaghan went from one side of the world to the other to make his 15th studio album Backroad Nation.

“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 where I recorded Spirit of the Anzacs and I went over to Nashville to work with Australian record producer Lindsay Rimes.”

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Lee Kernaghan.

Kernaghan may have needed his passport to record Backroad Nation but the new release is true blue Aussie, just like the man performing them.

“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 the people I’ve seen, that’s where all my songs have come from throughout my career.

“With this record, people say it’s a bit like Hat Town, it’s a bit like Three Chain Road and The Outback Club, but it has a new engine under the hood.”

Kernaghan embarked on an epic tour in May that sees him celebrating the new album with concerts Australia-wide until November, including stops at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on August 15 and Crown Theatre Perth, August 16.

The Wolfe Brothers and Christie Lamb are his support acts.

“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 that’s where I drew my inspiration,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone and giving them a night that will last long after the show is finished.

“And I get to do it with The Wolfe Brothers who are incredible musicians, songwriters and singers in their own right. It’s like a family out there on the road.”

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THE ESSENTIALS

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

www.ticketmaster.com.au