If I had to use one word to describe Lee Kernaghan it would be Entertainer. He is an artist that knows how to best use his time on stage and thoroughly entertains the audience with a performance that has a bit of everything from Lee Kernaghan originals to Slim Dusty classics to Jerry Lee Lewis songs on the keyboard.
The audiences love him and with The Wolfe Brothers backing him on stage you are guaranteed a great night. Lee creates a party atmosphere including the streamers fired out over the audience.
Although the tour was to promote his latest album Beautiful Noise Lee performed hits from most of his albums. Unlike a lot of other artists, Lee encourages participation by the audience and invited the River Oak Cowgirls on stage during “Boys from the Bush”. The girls were more than prepared and had their own lyrics printed on a sign. Lee also encouraged the fans to take videos and photos so he obviously recognises the power of social media as a form of advertising.
The Wolfe Brothers and Lee Kernaghan seem to have really created a great team that work well with each other on the stage.
Dan Conway is another artist who has come to light through Australia’s Got Talent (2011 Series Finalist) and he also played guitar for Lee Kernaghan for the entire set.
Lee Kernaghan and the Wolfe Brothers performed their own version of the country classic, “Lights on the Hill” which was written by Joy McKean and made famous by her husband Slim Dusty. The song, when originally performed by Slim Dusty actually won the first Golden Guitar Award way back in 1973.
The crowd loved “Ute Me” from the Beautiful Noise album and Lee encouraged even more audience participation offering a free “Ute Me” singlet to any females that took their top off near the stage – there were quite a few volunteers so a few singlets were given away.
The fans just lapped up the performance and seemed to know all the words to the songs performed. Other songs of note that Lee performed were the title track from the latest album “Beautiful Noise”, “She’s my Ute”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Outback Club”, “Dirt” and “The Way It Is”.
Lee Kernaghan seems to have worked out what his fans like and just continues to produce hits. His albums are backed up by great live performances such as I photographed tonight and he is the “Entertainer” of Australian Country Music.