Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Boy from the Bush Still Here; He Almost Threw It All In

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Boy from the Bush Still Here; He Almost Threw It All In

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COUNTRY music legend Lee Kernaghan has won more Golden Guitar awards than most of us have had hot dinners. But after 17 studio albums including the new release, Backroad Nation, the boy from the bush has remained forever humble.

In this Coffee Chat, Lee shares with Matt his favourite Slim Dusty story, why he almost didn't make it in show business and why he suggested to his wife, Robyn that she should get in a bikini and dance on top of a four-wheel-drive.

Matt Collins: After 37 Golden Guitar awards, does it get to a point where you go, "What am I supposed to do with all of these?"

Lee Kernaghan: No mate, there is always room in the Gold Guitar Bar for another one. But every one holds a memory. From the first one for Boys from the Bush. Which really opened the gates for me. The whole thing sort of exploded after that. There's one there for the duet I did with Slim Dusty and it just touches my heart every time I think about that.

MC: Tell me your favourite Slim Dusty story.

LK: I was getting on-board a flight from Sydney to Perth and realising as I was getting on that I would be sitting next to the king of country all the way across Australia. Then turning the memories of that flight into a song called, Flying with the king.

MC: Is there anyone that will rival Slim and what he did for Australian country music?

LK: I don't think so, he is Australia. There will never be anyone quite like him again.

MC: Is that a responsibility, that perhaps you feel sometimes? That it is important to keep that style of music strong in this country?

LK: I don't know if it is a responsibility as much as it is a passion. It would've been the same for Slim, it was his love for people and this country and this way of life. For me, that's what drives me and keeps me wanting to tour and write songs about us and our country. …

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