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City on Kernaghan tour

Monday, 8th February, 2010

* Lee Kernaghan will perform at the Entertainment Centre. * Lee Kernaghan will perform at the Entertainment Centre.

By Stefan Delatovic

Lee Kernaghan is heading back to Broken Hill as part of his Planet Country Australian Tour. Kernaghan's "Planet Country" album was released in October and hit number one on the Aria charts. His tour starts next month in Tasmania and, barring a short break, he'll be on the road until October 2011.

He will play at the Broken Hill Entertainment Centre on a date to be confirmed. For a man who takes pride in his high-energy performances and his tours party-like atmosphere, Planet Country seems like a mammoth undertaking. Talking to Lee though, it's clear he wouldn't give it up.

"The advantage of being a country artist is that you don't just play the capital cities, you play the capitals and everywhere in between," he said. "This is how I stay in touch with the audience and the country. When I start the tour I'm also embarking on the next chapter of my songwriting journey - I'll have a guitar in one hand and a notepad in the other. So much comes from the people on the road.

"Before Outback Club and Boys from the Bush I was reluctant to write about life on the land and the bush. I thought no-one was interested.

"But that provided an epiphany and connected me with a young and new generation of country fans." Ever since then, he has been trying to tell the Australian story. With 28 number-one hits to his name, it's a story that's proved popular. Kernaghan last performed in the city in 2003, but has been back a few times since then to have photographs taken for his album covers.

"I love the light there. I work with Robin Sellick; he's one of Australia's most renowned photographers, and he's living back there now," he said. He's keen to return to Broken Hill. "It's a legendary audience. People come from all over. Pro Hart's spirit still lives there. Last time I was there I was lucky enough to have Pro at the concert and I visited his gallery. It's a highlight of my life.

"Nearly every time I play in Broken Hill it rains. Maybe we should move the show outside and I can do the rain dance." Mr Kernaghan will be keeping in closer contact with his audience during the tour via the internet. He is using the social networking website Twitter through his mobile phone, allowing him to upload messages and pictures, and talk with fans, from the road.

"I've been shaping shows from their responses. I've been getting requests for songs that people want to hear and playing them that night. "It's terrific. It's a great way to see the pulse of the people." Mr Kernaghan can be reached through twitter.com/leekernaghan.

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