Lee Kernaghan to debut songs at Toowoomba NYE party
LEE Kernaghan considers the Darling Downs the birthplace of his musical journey - so it's really no surprise he would want to celebrate the New Year with one of his favourite crowds.
The country music superstar, with more than 30 Golden Guitar awards to his name, will be debuting some of his new material at Toowoomba's biggest New Year's Eve party at Clifford Park Racecourse on Saturday night.
Kernaghan said he had come full circle after he released his first major album, the Outback Club, nearly 25 years ago.
"Toowoomba and the Darling Downs is the birthplace of my music and the Outback Club," he said.
"The epicentre was the Gatton Ag College in 1992.
"It kind of started there and the tremors spread right across country music."
The Outback Club went on to go double platinum and won Best Country Album at the ARIAs in 1992.
With a 25th anniversary and a new studio album set for release next year, Kernaghan said tomorrow was perfect to give audiences a preview.
"It's the beginning of my anniversary tour, and I've just finished the 25th anniversary album and, along with 33 hits I've had over the years, we'll be debuting some songs from the new album on New Year's Eve," he said.
"It's going to be an epic night and I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone and seeing the New Year in with that hard-living, hell-raising, bona fide country crowd."
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Kernaghan will be joined on stage by talented country rock band the Wolfe Brothers, who will also open the night.
He said there was no other band he would rather have as his backing musicians.
"I love the band so much that when it came time to make my new album I wanted the best players in the world so I recorded them with the Wolfe Brothers," he said.
Regardless of where he's playing in Australia, Kernaghan said country crowds were always the most receptive to his music - mainly because the songs were are about them.
"What makes it poignant is singing a song like Boys From the Bush or Living in the Long Yard, and you look out and know that most of them not only know the song but lived it as well," he said.
"They've lived the songs and they've lived those experiences and that's what makes it so palpable - it's like a lightning rod."
Lee Kernaghan will headline New Year's Eve celebrations at Clifford Park Racecourse, with gates open from 4pm tomorrow. Tickets are $50, with kids 12 and under free.