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Lee signing cd  (Sherrie in back ground)  (Photo Courtesy of Garth Birch)
 
Lee signed electric rodeo sign with Steve the owner of St Marys Sound
(Photo Courtesy of Garth Birch)
 
Lee with Ken Roberts md of 2KA cool country radio Sydney
(Photo Courtesy of Garth Birch)
 
 
Australia has been waiting for a Country event to stand out from the crowd…to put its hand up and offer an experience that will never be forgotten.

Look out!!!…there’s a STAMPEDE!

Empire Events is proud to announce that on Sat June 23 the cream of Australian Country Music will be starring in the very first edition of STAMPEDE @ DREAMWORLD!!

STAMPEDE will be delivering five massive jam packed hours and your smokin’ hot ticket includes:

• Entry to Dreamworld
• Unlimited use of the rides including The Claw, Tower of Terror, Giant Drop, Cyclone, Wipeout & loads more!!
• All your drinks (complete list of the drinks package can be found at www.stampedefestival.com.au 
• entertainment over 3 huge arenas…including:

LEE KERNAGHAN is set to headline Stampede in his first QLD appearance since Tamworth. Lee took out Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year for his album, ‘The New Bush’, and won the coveted Heritage Song of the Year for ‘Close as a Whisper’ (The Gift). Lee also took out the Award for Top Selling Album of the Year bringing his total to 24 Country Music Awards.

TROY CASSAR-DALEY has won almost every award there is including ‘Best Country Album’, ‘Best Male Vocal’, ‘Entertainer of the Year’, ‘Best Video’ and an ARIA for ‘Best Country Record’. Rolling Stone summed it up perfectly gushing that Troy is quite simply “quintessentially Australian while echoing the personal style of Bruce Springsteen, Brighter Day wonderfully evokes vivid images of country life and love”

Joining the inaugural STAMPEDE line up will be nine time Golden Guitar winner SARA STORER, Australia’s Queen of Country, TANIA KERNAGHAN, The vocal perfection and soaring harmonies of 2007 Golden Guitar winners of New Talent & Group Or Duo Of The Year, THE McCLYMONTS, the tongue-in-cheek, hard-hitting, rock-your-sox-off THE WOLVERINES and (Independent) CMAA Entertainer of the year for 2006 & 2007 Golden Guitar winner, the stunning FELICITY URQUHART.

In the true spirit of a STAMPEDE there has to be a beginning, so in that spirit we will also be showcasing some of Australia’s hottest young country stars in the Trail Blazing Arena. Our first artists (many more to be announced) are NIK PHILLIPS (Finalist for the 2007 Best New Talent at the Golden Guitars) the amazing KIRSTY LEE AKERS (2007 Toyota Star Maker winner), DIANNA CORCORAN (Best New Talent at the Golden Guitars) & the gorgeous song writing of LOU BRADLEY.

STAMPEDE@ Dreamworld takes the guess work out of your Country event experience by offering an all-inclusive ticket that incorporates a complete drinks package, plus there’s chartered bus travel to and from Dreamworld from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Tickets for STAMPEDE are limited so secure yours by signing up to our mailing list…just head to www.stampedefestival.com.au  and fill in the details.

1st round early bird on sale date (limited to 500): Friday March 2
Ticket outlets: Ticketmaster 136 100, Oztix.com.au & www.stampedefestival.com.au
 
WINNERS ANNOUNCED 2007 -
35th CMAA COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS OF AUSTRALIA
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The New Bush – Lee Kernaghan
ABC Music
Produced by Garth Porter

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lee Kernaghan –
The New Bush
ABC Music
 
TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lee Kernaghan –
The New Bush
ABC Music

 
HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR
Close As A Whisper (The Gift) – Lee Kernaghan
ABC Music
Lyrics & Music by Lee Kernaghan, Garth Porter & Colin Buchanan
 
Click here Photos Lee with Tania Kernaghan and The McClymont Sisters at Coffs Harbour
Photos Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts Newcastle Entertainment Cnt.
 
Lee Kernaghan headlines Australia Day Eve Concert with 'Outback to the Beaches'  plus other artists 6.30pm on Thursday 25  January 2007 - the concert will end around 9pm with the traditional fireworks display to follow at about 9.30pm.
 
The New Bush
Pre Order your copy of "THE NEW BUSH" here
 
Letter from United States Lee Kenaghan Fan
Hi guys ...
I'm in the United States. Love Australian country music. Love Lee Kernaghan even more. He's the best there is and has set the standard so high that no American artist can even come close to his incredible voice, brilliant songwriting, kindness, the way he treats his fans, and his great character. It's so nice to find someone with that kind of God-given talent, who is movie-star gorgeous, a huge superstar ... and without ego. Someone who is humble, appreciative of his fans, and so 'normal'. It's so nice to never see any bad press, no tattoos, no earrings, and someone who we, as fans, can all look up to and be so proud.

I run a fan site for Lee that is growing every week. There are now over 200 members. The board has been up since 2005 and is quite established. The focus is the love of Lee and encouraging mateships between his fans. There is a huge amount of information about Lee on the site. A complete discography, song lyrics, many articles, links to chords and line dances to Lee's songs and much more. Even Lee is amazed at how much information is there.

It would be nice if you could provide the link to the site on the Rage Pages so that other fans of Lee's can find us. The site is at:
http://groups.msn.com/LeeKernaghanfans
Because I'm in the US, I haven't had the privilege of seeing Lee in concert nor have I had the chance to meet him yet ... and that is my dream. I have all of his CDs and DVDs and a fair amount of concert posters. I've been involved in country music for a long time but have never come upon anyone who I admire or enjoy as much as Lee. He is an Australian national treasure and a gift I wish the rest of the world knew about.
Marguerite
 
Lee Kernaghan  Red Carpet awards 2006  (Photo courtesy of Carisa)

Photos courtesy of Peter Moran
 
Final 5 Best 2006 ARIA Nominations
Country Album Nominations
Adam Brand (What a Life)
Anne Kirkpatrick "Showman's Daughter"
Lee Kernaghan (The New Bush)
Catherine Britt (Too Far Gone)
Troy Cassar-Daley (Brighter Day) ..   Troy won!!
 
TOUR DATES:
Sat 11 Nov - Royal Theatre, Canberra
Sat 18 Nov - Suncorp Piazza, Brisbane
Fri 24 Nov - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Sat 25 Nov - Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Fri 8 & Sat 9 Dec - The Palms at Crown, Melbourne
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MY TICKETEK INTERNET PRE-SALE
Newcastle & Sydney
Pre-sale starts : Wed 16 Aug, 12noon
Brisbane
Pre-sale starts : Thu 17 Aug, 12noon
Pre-sale ends* : Sun 20 Aug, 5pm
General public on sale : Mon 21 Aug, 9am
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* or until pre-sale allocation is sold out.


 
Suncorp Piazza, Brisbane
Special guests on the Outback to the Beaches WA tour were sister band The McClymonts (with this year’s New Talent Golden Guitar recipient Samantha), plus Ronni Rae Rivers and Country Music Junior Vocalist Champion Chelsea Basham under the stars in Merredin and Chelsea in Broome & Perth.
Lee Tamworth Festival 2004
 
The "MAN" - Lee Kernaghan
The bush now is in, a dire time of drought
And to lend a hand, and so to help out
And to give of his time, as he does so often
To make the burden of hardships, so to soften
 
Comes a legend known, to all country blokes
And also too, to the big city folks
That he will do all, that is in his might
And to never surrender, without a fight
 
The No.1 member, of the Outback Club
Whether he be on the land, or in the pub
The crowds all rally in, from miles around
To listen and party, to his country rock sound

And although the times, they may be a bit grim
Their hopes get raised, just by bein' near him
As they sing along awhile, and let their spirits soar
That gets 'em up dancin', and to yellin' for more

For he has that special gift, as you can see
Of makin' everyone, includin' you and me
To be forgettin' our woes, and to live it on up
And never back down, and never give up

A more genuine bloke, you wouldn't wish to find
And he most certainly is, just that 'one of a kind'
And that's what makes me, to be such a huge fan
Of that Country Music Legend - "LEE KERNAGHAN
Dave Eaton 2006
 
Aussie Music Legends (from CMAA)
Australian music legends Paul Kelly and Lee Kernaghan will headline the two greatly anticipated concerts at the 2005 Deniliquin World Record Ute Muster.

Held over the September 30 to October 2 long weekend, the two concerts at this year's Play on the Plains festival will be compered by television celebrity Ben Dark, with a first class line up guaranteed.

On Friday night Australia's Paul Kelly will feature as the headline act, joined by Steve Forde and The Flange, Bella and Felicity Urquhart for a full evening of entertainment.

The best of Aussie talent will also be showcased on Saturday night with Lee Kernaghan, Dein Perry's Tap Dogs, Ross Wilson and The Urban Legends, Beccy Cole, Sunny Cowgirls and the Davidson Brothers.

After selling more than 600,000 records and with each of his four studio albums before Electric Rodeo going Platinum, Lee Kernaghan has earned a steadfast reputation as one of Australia's top country performers. He has won 26 Golden Guitars, as well as two ARIAs. His songs reflect the rawness of country music. “If I look back on the saddest times in my life, they were to do with girls or music. It doesn't matter if you're from Balmain or Barcaldine, country is about real life human emotions and experience,'' Kernaghan said. Kernaghan will feel right at home at the muster because as he has said, he prefers his ute to horses.

Friday night's feature act Paul Kelly has channelled his talents towards releasing numerous albums, theatre, film soundtracks, acting, record production and songwriting with and for other artists during his music career. His work has won acclaim from Australian and overseas critics including Rolling Stone music editor David Fricke. He described Kelly as “...one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise.'' Kelly's recent songs have been described as “roiling and seething with feeling, wondering at their own abandon and delighting in the ride'' and “fresh and resilient.''

The two jam packed concerts are part of a dazzling array of entertainment that has been organised for the festival weekend.

Also included will be the spectacular bull ride, Pip Borrman's Amazing Aerobatics, Australian Army demonstrations and display, monster tractor pull, lots of children's entertainment, woodchop demonstrations, a ute museum, dynamic lawn mower races and whip cracking.

Ticket prices for this muster will offer outstanding value for money.
Pre-purchased festival tickets cost $80 per person, or $95 at the gate.
For 13-17 years old the price is $40 for a weekend pass, pre-purchased or bought at the gate.
Children 12 years old and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets on sale from June 11 and can be purchased by calling the Ute Muster office on 03 5881 3388.
 
November
5 - Mud, Bulls & Music, Jinna, QLD
http://www.leekernaghan.com.au/ 
 
Lawrie Minson with Lee Kernaghan                               Jake Lardot
 
Lawrie Minson, Lee Kernaghan and Jake Lardot
 
Kevin, Sharon and Lee (out at the TRECs Tamworth 2005)
 
SPECIAL NEWS FOR "LEE KERNAGHAN" FANS
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Lee Kernaghan  & Colin Buchanan Four Nominations - APRA,Vocal Collaboration, Heritage and Single of the Year
from CMAA
LESS THAN a month after the release of his retrospective album Lee Kernaghan: The Big Ones - Greatest Hits Volume 1, the album has been certified Gold by ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association).
"Lee has a huge and loyal following across Australia," said the release announcing the Gold record status, "and his fans couldn't wait to get a copy of this sensational new album which captures all the highlights of his decade-long career.

"In that time, he's enjoyed a string of hits, won numerous awards for his music, seen all his albums go either Gold or Platinum, and become the face and voice of contemporary Australian country music."

Lee's currently riding high on the country charts with his latest single, Missin' Slim, written by, and recorded with, close mate Colin Buchanan.

Both Missin' Slim and Lee's new single, a version of the Australian rock classic Down Under, are featured on The Big Ones which includes songs from all six of Lee's career albums, The Big OnesThe Outback Club, Three Chain Road, 1959, Hat Town, Rules Of The Road and Electric Rodeo.

Lee described The Big Ones as "more than just a collection of my number one hits... I really wanted it to reflect where my music's gone over the past 12 years, and to include a few songs that were real milestones for me," he said.

The album has Lee's signature tune, Boys From The Bush, along with hits like Hat Town, Something In The Water, The Way It Is, She's My Ute, I'm From The Country, Gettin' Gone, High Country and She Waits By The Sliprails.

Further information can be obtained from
http://www.leekernaghan.com.au/ .
 
BIO
 November 20th, 2004
Lee Kernaghan is one of Australian music’s greatest artists. Since bursting onto the scene in 1992 with his groundbreaking “Outback Club” album, Lee’s music has captured the imagination of the nation. His contribution to Australian music has seen him awarded 19 Golden Awards, two ARIA awards and numerous gold, platinum and double platinum records.

It is through his music that Lee has cemented his place as one of this country’s true stars. Whether it is performing on the Birdsville Track to 5,000 Aussies going off in the outback or performing in the Hollywood Hills at a Pre-Oscar party to 400 movie stars and Hollywood executives, Lee’s music has a special and broad appeal.

A boy from the bush, Lee was born in the high country on the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. His birthplace of Corryong is also, ironically, the resting-place of Jack Riley, reputed to be the original Man From Snowy River.

Lee’s role as The Balladeer in the production of The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular is a part he has described as “very close to my heart.” His connection to the production was further enhanced when asked to write a part of the music score for the show. In addition the producers have utilised several of Lee’s previously recorded songs in the production. The CD Soundtrack from the show won the ARIA Award for Best Live Production Soundtrack.

Upon the completion of the 36 date Entertainment Centre production of the Man From Snowy River, Lee became involved in the Farmhand Foundation. The board of the foundation comprises some of Australia’s business leaders, who upon hearing of Lee’s planned drought relief concert, asked if Lee would join forces and the Foundation would assist in producing the concert. The Farmhand concert kicked off the Foundation and the appeal with a nationally televised show from the Sydney Superdome. The initiative has now raised in excess of $30 million dollars for drought relief.

In 1998 Lee started the Pass The Hat Around Australia Foundation. The concept was to take Lee’s show into communities with a desperate need. The aim is to raise money to help the community cause but also to raise the spirit of these communities. 1200 communities responded with calls for help. Lee, through the assistance of corporate sponsorship, did seven shows in remote areas of Australia. The tour raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the communities who were now able to rebuild their town hall or set up youth programs, and in some cases were able to purchase life saving medical equipment that has helped to save lives and continues to do so.

The most recent Toyota Pass the Hat Around Australia Tour was staged in 5 country centres around Australia. Lee raised money for a variety of community needs including a bushfire rebuilding project, childhood Leukemia and cancer research projects, the purchasing of air conditioners in outback schools in Queensland and concluding with a major flood relief concert in Moora WA. The two tours have raised in excess of $1.2 million for local communities. Lee is planning another Pass The Hat Around Australia Tour for 2005.

As an artist Lee is going from strength to strength. His last album, “Electric Rodeo”, has been described by music journalists as his greatest album ever. The Sunday Mail described Electric Rodeo as a “benchmark album for Australian music”.

“Electric Rodeo” entered the ARIA pop charts as the highest selling Australian record. Lee recently said, “this is the most universal album I have ever recorded”. It has been praised by critics for its musical prowess, a result of Lee working with 28 stellar musicians from both Australia and America, utilising a mixture of players from country and rock music backgrounds.

Lee’s work on the Electric Rodeo album was rewarded at last year’s Australian Country Music Awards with two Golden Guitars for Album of the Year and Highest Selling Album. These two awards gave Lee a total of 19 Golden Guitars.

In 2003 the American Country Music Association (CMA) awarded Lee the inaugural International Artist Award for excellence in Country Music. Catherine Britt collected the award in Nashville on Lee’s behalf. A few months later Catherine and Lee recorded a duet on the song “Love Hurts” which is currently the number one video on CMC.

2003 saw Lee’s gigantic Electric Rodeo National Tour hit the road. The tour played most of the major venues around Australia and also took in all capital cities. The Electric Rodeo Tour was far and away the largest undertaking that Lee has ever presented. The show featured a giant video wall and live cameras inter-cut with pre-produced visuals that set another new benchmark in Australian Country Music.

In July of this year, Lee released his first DVD “Access All Areas”. The DVD features all of Lee’s hit videos, some live performances and an archive of television appearances dating back to his very first television performance on the Midday Show in 1992. This DVD is designed to be the fan’s exclusive VIP Pass that gives total access into the world of Lee Kernaghan. The viewer is taken on the road with Lee, into his dressing room and hotel rooms, into private song sessions and even into his getaway shack in the mountains. One of the most exciting parts of the DVD is when Lee takes us to his hotel in Rockhampton to be a part of great Western Hotel Rodeo.

The “Access All Area” DVD turned Gold after just three weeks of release and it is quickly heading for Platinum status.

September 2004 saw the release of Lee’s first Greatest Hits CD – The Big Ones – Greatest Hits Volume One. Last week the album was certified gold four weeks after entering the Country Music Charts at #1. The Big Ones continues its path to platinum status and this week it is the highest selling Australian Country Music album on the charts.

This week Lee also holds the number one chart position for the most played country music song with his duet with Colin Buchanan and their moving tribute to Slim Dusty – Missin Slim.

Lee Kernaghan continues to deliver quality product and shows to his fans. It is the care along with Lee’s unique talent that sets the foundation for his success to continue for many years to come.
www.leekernaghan.com
Email: coolchange@bigpond.com
For further information call Stephen White (02) 9967 4888
 
Great Western Hotel
LEE KERNAGHAN'S Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton has been awarded Best Entertainment Venue at the 2004 Queensland Hotels Association Awards.

Lee bought the pub in 2003 and acts that have featured there since have included Lee himself (of course!), Graeme Connors, Steve Forde & The Flange, the Wolverines, the John Butler Trio, Alex Lloyd, Something For Kate, Paul Kelly, Grinspoon, The Seekers, Hoodoo Gurus and Spiderbait.

Keith Urban is the next major act scheduled to appear at the hotel on Friday, February 18. He will perform in the hotel's 2,000 plus seater Great Arena.

 
 
Lee and Tania Gympie Muster 2003   (Photo courtesy Don Gough)
 
Lee with Band at Gympie Muster 2003 (Photo courtesy Don Gough)
(Photo courtesy Don Gough)
 
"The Big Ones"
Greatest Hits Volume 1 in stores October 17th
featuring Lee's chartbusting hits
Hat Town, The Outback Club, Boys from the Bush, She's my Ute, Three Chain Road,
Electric Rodeo, Goondiwindi Moon, The Way it is, and many more.

 
New Lee DVD from Chart Country
The new Lee Kernaghan DVD Access All Areas has been released.
The DVD is described as "the ultimate backstage pass"... with rare television performances, hit music videos and "sensational" footage of some of Lee's "wildest shows ever plus a whole lot more".
Sections on the DVD include On the road with Lee taking viewers "on tour" with VIP access to all the behind the scenes action plus back stage and inside Lee's dressing room and The Vault, discovering "a treasure chest of rare gems" of television footage and programs uncovered exclusively for Access All Areas.
Music videos 10 in total include the award winning songs Gettin' Gone, Goondiwindi Moon, Cunnamulla Feller, Boys From The Bush, High Country, That's The Kind Of Life I Live, Southern Son, Goondiwindi Moon and a live version of The Outback Club.
 
NEW DVD FROM LEE
From CMAA
THE NEW Lee Kernaghan DVD Access All Areas has been released.
The DVD is described as "the ultimate backstage pass"... with rare television performances, hit music videos and "sensational" footage of some of Lee's "wildest shows ever ­ plus a whole lot more".
Sections on the DVD include On the road with Lee ­ taking viewers "on tour" with VIP access to all the behind the scenes action plus back stage and inside Lee's dressing room ­ and The Vault, discovering "a treasure chest of rare gems" of television footage and programs uncovered exclusively for Access All Areas.
Music videos ­ 10 in total ­ include the award winning songs Gettin' Gone, Goondiwindi Moon, Cunnamulla Feller, Boys From The Bush, High Country, That's The Kind Of Life I Live, Southern Son, Goondiwindi Moon and a live version of The Outback Club.
"Awesome footage" of Lee live, "rocking" 60,000 fans at the Toyota Muster ("quite an experience") is also included.
The DVD runs for more than an hour and a half.
Further information can be obtained from http://www.abcmusic.com.au /, http://www.leekernaghan.com.au / or http://www.universalonline.com.au /.

Australia's Lee Kernaghan is the recipient of the first CMA Global Artist Award. Kernaghan has been invited to perform this year at the Greased Lightning (tm) Riverfront Park Stages at Fan Fair.

LEE KERNAGHAN TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL CMA GLOBAL ARTIST AWARD
NASHVILLE - The Country Music Association will honor Country artist and Australia native Lee Kernaghan as the recipient of the first ever CMA Global Artist Award. The Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who has both furthered Country Music's popularity and brought attention to the format in their foreign-based territory.

The CMA Board of Directors unanimously approved Kernaghan as the Award recipient from a slate of 10 finalists. Kernaghan's accomplishment will be recognized at the Greased Lightning(tm) Riverfront Park Stages during CMA's Fan Fair.

The Global Artist Award joins a long list of Kernaghan's accomplishments, including numerous Golden Guitar Awards and 14 No. 1 singles. He has twice been named Australia's Country Entertainer of the Year. For more information about Kernaghan, visit his official website at    www.LeeKernaghan.com.au
     http://www.LeeKernaghan.com.au/ >.

For a complete list of artists appearing and events taking place at CMA's Fan Fair, Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, visit www.FanFair.com   <http://www.fanfair.com/>. Tickets for Fan Fair may be ordered by calling, toll-free (866) FAN-FAIR (326-3247) and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices range from $125-$145 with discounts for fans 18 and younger and free admittance for children ages 3 and under. Single-day concert tickets for the Greased Lightning(tm) Riverfront Park Stages will be available each day during Fan Fair at the Riverfront Park gate for $12; children under 6 admitted free. Single concert, reserved-seat tickets for the Nightly Concerts at The Coliseum are on sale now for $25 plus applicable service fees. Ticket prices are subject to change.

SCREAMING JETS frontman, Dave Gleeson, toured with Lee as support on part of Lee's 2003 Electric Rodeo Tour.   With a new album under his belt  "Wanted Man". 

Lee Wins International Award
From CMAA

LEE KERNAGHAN has been named winner of the inaugural CMA (Country Music Association, America) Global Artist Award.

Lee was one of 10 finalists selected from around the world to represent their country in this first presentation... launched by the CMA to recognise a country music artist whose career is based outside of the USA.

The CMA will honour Lee during Fan Fair 2003 which runs from June 5-8 in Nashville. Candidates for the award came from suggestions offered by CMA's international membership. A panel of judges determined which artist created the most impact in their home territory.

Lee was invited to receive the honour and perform during Fan Fair but had to decline as the dates clash with his Electric Rodeo Tour (the June 7 concert at Newcastle's Civic Theatre has already sold out). In lieu, he will send a video acceptance and will be represented by his manager Stephen White.

White broke the news to Lee in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,000 during a show at The Great Arena in Rockhampton, the first major live show to be held at Lee's newly acquired Great Western Hotel
 
CMA TO PRESENT FIRST GLOBAL ARTIST AWARD
 AT FAN FAIR (R)
Ten Candidates Vying for New CMA Honor

NASHVILLE - The Country Music Association will honor the recipient of the
first Global Artist Award during CMA's Fan Fair(R), Thursday through Sunday,
June 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn. Initiated by CMA's Global Markets Task Force
and approved by CMA's Board of Directors in 2002, the Global Artist Award
recognizes outstanding achievement by a Country Music artist who has both
furthered the popularity of the format and brought attention to Country
Music in their foreign-based territory.

Ten nominees have been designated from territories worldwide. They include:

Lee Kernaghan (Australia) has received many honors in his career, including
19 Golden Guitar awards and 2 ARIA awards.  He's even been named Australia's
Country Entertainer of the Year twice, and all of his albums have reached
Platinum status. Kernaghan boasts 20 Top 10 hits, 14 of which have gone to
No. 1. Kernaghan has used his status to raise money for various charities
with his "Pass The Hat Around" shows, and he has mentored many young country
acts.
Tom Astor (Germany) has been active in the Country Music business in Germany
and Europe for 40 Years. With sales near 10 million, more than 30 albums to
his credit, hit singles and television and radio show appearances, Astor is
the most successful Country artist in his territory. The German-American
Country Music Federation has named Astor Best Male Vocalist of the Year 10
times. He was the first German artist invited to perform on Nashville's
Grand Ole Opry stage. Astor regularly serves as producer on his records,
teaming with the best musicians in Nashville. He is the ambassador of
Country Music in Germany and is the region's link to the Nashville music
scene.

Anchise Bolchi (Italy) is among the most popular and most experienced
Country Music artists in Italy. He tours the country and thrills crowds
playing popular American music on the fiddle. In 1989, he left a career as
an industrial designer to become a full-time Country artist, joining a
Country-rock band called Arizona. As word spread about Bolchi, he began
receiving offers to play on studio albums of many Italian artists; and he
began appearing with American artists on tour. Bolchi launched his solo
career in 1991, touring Italy with up to 150 dates each year. His 1997 debut
album, The Last Track, and his 2000 follow-up, The Space Fiddler, have
demonstrated his skills and passion for Country Music, along with the
immense creativity required to rearrange old hits with a very personal
style.

John Brack (Switzerland) has become a leading figure of Swiss Country Music.
Each of his last 22 albums has sold in excess of 350,000 copies, a record
for Swiss Country Music. Brack performs more than 100 concerts a year,
including international performances with shows in Bad Ischl/Austria,
Dublin, Frankfurt, Hamm/FRG, Holland, Las Vegas, Peterborough/UK and
Silkeborg. Brack, who has been dubbed "Mr. Swiss Country" by the media, has
also appeared at CMA's Fan Fair. In 1979, he signed a contract with EMI
Switzerland and signed with BMG Switzerland a decade later. In 2000, Brack
celebrated 20 years in the Country and gospel music formats.

Heidi Hauge (Scandinavia) started singing Country Music seven years ago in
her Norwegian hometown. In 1997, a Showtime Records executive discovered
Hauge, and she began working on her first album. Since 1999, Hauge has
released five albums, four of which have reached Gold or Platinum status
helping to earn her the affectionate title of "Country Queen of Scandinavia"
from area entertainment magazines. Haug's last album was released in
December 2002.

Ruud Hermans (The Netherlands) has been writing, recording and performing
Country Music for more than 25 years. After starting out with a band called
The Tumbleweeds, which was later renamed Tulsa, Hermans has toured worldwide
and still plays concerts in Europe. He also takes part in various
singer/songwriter sessions with Dutch and international artists, such as
Dick van Altena, Rob Crosby, Frank Jansen and Nashville singer/songwriter
Victoria Shaw. Hermans has championed the Dutch Country Music Association
Awards and has served as host for many years. In 2002, he was inducted in
the Dutch Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Jason McCoy (Canada) has released three albums on Universal Music Canada,
including the 1999 Gold-certified Playin' For Keeps. McCoy has received many
SOCAN and Canadian Country Music Association awards. With 10 singles
reaching the top 15 and three No.1 singles, McCoy has proven chart success.
He has toured Australia twice and played throughout Canada opening shows for
artists including Terri Clark and Martina McBride.

Charlie Nagatani (Japan) started singing Country Music in 1956 at age 20.
Nagatani and his band, The Western Cannonballs, began performing at U.S.
Military Clubs in Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand
until the Vietnam War ended. Upon his return to Kumamoto, Nagatani opened a
Country Music saloon named "Good Time Charlie's," where he still entertains
seven nights a week. In 1989, Nagatani organized the first Country Gold
festival, and in 1992, Nagatani travelled to Nashville to record his first
album, which featured friends Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner
and others. In 2001, an independent filmmaker produced a documentary of
Nagatani's life.

Replete Bros. (Greece), featuring brothers Antonis and Dimitris, are the
only professional Country Music group in Greece working with record
companies.  As composers, lyricists, interpreters, performers, arrangers and
producers of their own work, the Replete Bros. have performed live all over
Greece and appeared in many television and radio specials. Their latest
release, Crossroads, has been compared to recordings in the United States in
both content and quality. Antonis serves as president of the Country Music
Club of Greece.
 
Niall Toner (Ireland) has spent the greater part of his life promoting,
presenting and performing Country Music. He formed his first Country band in
Dublin in 1961. In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Toner was responsible for
promoting live concerts featuring other artists, including Ramblin' Jack
Elliott, Alison Krauss, Doc Watson and others. Along the way, Toner
developed a passion for writing Country songs, and has since collaborated
with many top writers. In January 2003, Toner released his Avalon Records
debut, There's A Better Way. The 12-song acoustic Country and bluegrass
compilation has garnered Toner extensive radio airplay and excellent reviews
in the Irish Press.
Candidates for the inaugural Global Artist Award came from suggestions
offered by CMA's international membership. A panel of judges will determine
the award winner, who will be invited to accept the honor at Fan Fair and
perform on the Greased Lightning(TM) Riverfront Park Stages.
 
Catherine Britt has recorded a duet with Lee Kernaghan.    The song they recorded is the old Everly Brothers song "Love Hurts" also recorded by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris in the 70's.
The song will become available in March on a bonus album released with Lee's Electric Rodeo. The album should also be available separately. Radio play should commence very soon.
Lee is totally knocked out by the duet, and veteran producer, Garth Porter, is extremely excited about the recording.

Lee Kernaghan and Troy Cassar-Daley dominated the 2003 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth tonight, leading a charge firmly held by Australian country musicšs new guard.
Celebrating his 11th year at the forefront since he turned the industry on its heels at the 1993 Awards, Lee took home Album of the Year and Top Selling Album of the Year for his latest release Electric Rodeo which also won a Golden Guitar for Leešs long-time producer Garth Porter.

Allied Artists, Michael Chugg Entertainment & Jack Utsick present the

LEE KERNAGHAN
ELECTRIC RODEO TOUR!
Direct from the stage of the Arena Spectacular...
THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER
Electric Rodeo Tour will light you up and rope you in!

It's more than 3 years since Lee has taken his show on the road & even longer since he released one of his own self- penned & award winning albums so the ELECTRIC RODEO TOUR will be a charged celebration!

Undeniably one of Australian music's
greatest artists & Entertainers!

Since bursting on to the scene with his award winning album,"Outback Club", Lee's music has stirred both the heart & the larrikin of the nation and has seen him awarded 17 Golden Guitars, 2 ARIA awards & numerous gold, platinum and double platinum records not to mention Hit Maker of the Decade with 19 top ten hits and 14 certified number one songs on the National Music Chart, Entertainer of the Year and Australian Achiever of the Year, presented by the Prime Minister.

His new album, "Electric Rodeo" is riding high on the charts after entering the ARIA pop charts as the highest selling Australian record and is fast approaching platinum.

His passion is to perform - LIVE! ...and it will be his great showmanship that once again delivers Electric Rodeo - LIVE!

USA's multi-platinum recording artist, DAVID LEE MURPHY will join Lee for the first three weeks of the tour and is featured on the album in a duet , Track 10 "Wild Side Of Life".

In a recent article the journalist closed by saying, "If you're a long time fan, you'll already be on good terms with Kernaghan's charms. And if you're a first timer, get ready to be swept away, and be left wondering how you ever lived without him before."

 
Lee Kernaghan and his wife Robbie have a new baby boy Rock, a brother for Jet. born November 27th 2002.   Tamworth Ragepage would like to congratulate all the family.
 
Click here Lee at Fender Jam Tamworth Festival 2003
Click here Lee at Maton Jam Tamworth Festival 2003
Print out and have the memories

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