Country music royalty will step foot in the Barossa this year, with Lee Kernaghan set to perform at the Barossa and Arts Convention Centre on August 12.
Kernaghan will be on the 25th anniversary tour of ‘Boys From The Bush’, visiting an raft of locations around the country, commencing in April and running through to November of this year.
He said that the tour is nothing short of a “party”.
“It’s an epic ride across Australia, every state and territory, it’s more than a concert, it’s a party, a celebration and everyone’s invited,” he said.
Kernaghan said that the Barossa tour date is a “highlight” on his calendar, and suggested he may have had a different idea for a song title in the past.
“Tanunda is one of the highlight gigs on the national tour, I don’t know what it is, I wrote the song ‘There Ain’t Nothing Like a Country Crowd’ but it should’ve been ‘There Ain’t Nothing Like a Tanunda Crowd’,” he said.
“There’s great people, lots of utes and four-wheel drives in the car park, and we’re gonna put on one hell of a show.”
There’s a five day difference between his Tanunda show and his next show in Western Australia, and Kernaghan has some idea of what he intends to do in between.
“I know that every time we come down to the Barossa, we like to go on a bit of a pub crawl or winery crawl, and embrace all the local attractions,” he said.
However, Kernaghan has plenty of good memories in Tanunda.
“For me, it’s memories of meeting some great people, awesome shows, it’s very much a heartland for country music and that’s what my passion is, writing songs about Australia, our people and our way of life,” he said.
Clare girl Taylor Pfeiffer – also known as the Banjo Girl – features in Kernaghan’s latest film clip, and he had some high praise for her talent.
“Taylor was about 12 or 13 years old when I first met her in Tamworth, and I was knocked out by her talent and I hope she’s going to be around, I’d love for her to come and do some songs with us at Tanunda,” he said.
“She’s a great South Australian talent, she features in the music video of my latest single ‘Outback Club Reunion’.
“It was a last minute thing, I needed banjo, and why settle for second best when you can have the number one banjo girl in the land.”
Kernaghan said the show features a lot of talent alongside him, and said it would be “bloody lonely” without the audience if people weren’t to buy tickets.
“It’ll be bloody lonely without them there,” he said.
“We’ve got an awesome show lined up, the Wolfe Brothers are touring Australia with me, my sister Tania Kernaghen will be doing songs from new her album ‘All Australian Girl’
“I’ve just released the 25th anniversary album, which is 13 brand new songs, featuring duets with such people as Casey Chambers, John Williamson and a whole host of others, and we’ll be doing songs from the new album and all hits all the way back from ‘Boys from the Bush’ onwards.”
However, Kernaghan said it won’t be the last time the Barossa see him, if people want.
“As long as people want me, I’ll keep coming,” he said.