GENERATIONAL APPEAL: Lee Kernaghan's tracks have timeless appeal, judging by the success of his 25th anniversary tour.
GENERATIONAL APPEAL: Lee Kernaghan's tracks have timeless appeal, judging by the success of his 25th anniversary tour. Liam Fahey

Lee Kernaghan refuses to slow down

LEE Kernaghan is showing no signs of slowing down after a quarter of a century in the music business.

If anything, the 53-year-old is busier than ever.

The country music legend is on the road for the tail end of his Boys from the Bush 25th anniversary tour and he's been blown away by the response from fans so far.

"It's been phenomenal the reaction to the tour," he said.

"We've had a stack of sold-out shows around the country. I'm just incredibly grateful to everybody who's come out to see the show.

"I'm seeing people there, who are older than me who grew up with my music, and their kids and sometimes their grandkids are coming along and discovering country music for the first time."

It's been a year of celebration and reflection for Kernaghan, who was inducted into the CMC Hall of Fame in March.

"It might be Goondiwindi Moon somebody was married to or Boys from the Bush was the soundtrack to the teenage years or early 20s - so many of the songs have become ingrained in people's lives," he said.

"But the shows aren't about just one song. The tour is a celebration of 25 years of making music in Australia."

Lee's already looking forward to his next album, inspired by his 25th anniversary milestone and the success of his Spirit of the Anzacs tribute album.

"When November rolls around, I'm back in the studio working on new material for a new album that will be released late 2018," he said.

"Next year will be a real creative year for me, reflecting on the places I've been, the stories I've been told and turning these experiences into new songs.

Lee plans to work with his long-time collaborators Garth Porter and Colin Buchanan as well as Lindsay Rimes.

"I worked with Lindsay on my Beautiful Noise album when he was a young, up-and-coming producer and writer in Sydney," he said.

"I helped write a reference for him to get a green card in America. He's based himself in Nashville and he's been notching up a whole lot of hits over there on the US country scene.

"A lot of what I do is based from my studio here in Queensland, but I just hook up with any studio in the world right here from home and make music. It's a global music community."

Lee will perform with his sister Tania on the family reunion-themed Cruisin' Country trip in October.

"This one is going to be really special experience," he said.

"Everybody is working with a family member. Troy's (Cassar-Daley) going to be out there with (his wife) Laurel and his boy, John Williamson is bringing his daughter, The McClymonts will be there - that's a pretty incredible dynasty going on right there. This one's going to be never-to-be-seen-again shows happening out there."


Lee Kernaghan plays The Events Centre, Caloundra, on October 27.

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