17.5 C
Byron Shire
June 21, 2021

Not Your Average Boy from the Bush

Latest News

Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

Other News

History as she is wrote

It seems that I may have touched a nerve in my attempt to give some background to Byron Greens...

Interview with The Buckleys

Sitting with The Buckleys, you know they are siblings. They have this natural ease and fluidity with each other. A lack of self-consciousness. A lot of love, but you also know they keep each other in check.

Byron master surfers score at NSW championships

Byron’s Neil Cameron finished in the runner-up position in the over-65 division of the 2021 NSW Surfmasters Titles held at North Boomerang beach on the Barrington Coast last week.

Pro rail trail association urges Council to award construction tender

Representatives from the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association are urging Tweed Shire Council to award the construction tender for the Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section of the corridor at this week’s Council meeting.

Echo ad leads to AVO arrest of Council activist

Vocal Council critic and longtime activist, John Anderson, aka Fast Buck$, was arrested last Friday night for allegedly breaching his Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) by an Echo ad.

Murwillumbah mega-school – consultation done says Minister’s office

The challenge to the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell that she had sprung the Murwillumbah mega-school on the community with no consultation and needed to seek further genuine consultation with the Murwillumbah community has been rebuffed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zncKx4273zw

Mandy Nolan

Lee Kernaghan is one of Australia’s most prolific music artists with two million records sold, 28 Golden Guitars, 33 #1 singles, and has twice been named the Country Music Hit Maker of the Decade in 2000 and 2010. Twenty years after the release of his first album, The Outback Club,Lee is back stronger than ever with his new release, Beautiful Noise.[/ITALIC]

Not much slows him down.

‘I don’t get fatigued these days because I have got tour smart,’ he says. ‘Back in the mid 90s I was on tour nonstop and I didn’t take any breaks and I toured hard and played hard and partied hard, and I always felt burnt. These days I’ll do touring in a block of dates. Of course I still play hard and party hard!’ jokes Kernaghan.

Kernaghan believes it is his songwriting that has helped set him apart from the pack.

‘It’s so easy to miss the mark,’ he says. ‘I missed it for a long time, then I came to the realisation that I needed to write songs about my own life and my own experiences and keep it real. I had resisted that before because I didn’t think it was interesting enough to write about. The first song was Boys from the Bush and nothing has changed since then; it opened up so many doors to write new songs.

‘Generally the inspiration comes when you least expect; often it’s when you are talking to people after a show. I was talking to a bunch of kids in Canberra after a show and they told me they’d come down from the hills from their farm and the show had been gold so I wrote a song called Gold – it’s  that simple – it goes hand in hand with country music. As George Jones once said: ‘country music is three chords and the truth!’

‘I have always felt like the truth in the storytelling is what gives songs strength and makes them resonate, I have always tried to keep each album autobiographical. I have an inbuilt inclination to accentuate the positive; I believe in the law of attraction and I try and put the positive element into my music.’

WP-lee-01-

 

Kernaghan is not your average country boy. He is a seeker of deeper things. ‘I follow Deepak Chopra. I got to meet Louise Haye a few years ago, and have been very inspired by Eckhart Tolle. I don’t want to beat people over the head with my beliefs but you have to wonder where the music is coming from. I give thanks to a higher power for that. It is an absolute gift. It’s definitely a spiritual process.’

Kernaghan believes that it’s his spiritual beliefs that give him such a rock solid foundation.

‘I think it’s helped give me balance in life. It’s always a constant battle between the material and the spiritual side of your life, and you want the spiritual to dominate more than the material – life throws all kind of different things to you so it’s nice to have those beliefs to fall back on. For me meditation is one of the greatest gifts – one of my missions is to mediate more, I try and do it morning and night.’

The life changing moment for Lee Kernaghan happened in a North Bondi bookshop when he picked up a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi.

‘Nothing was the same after that! It changed my life.’

And guess what, Kernaghan still writes songs about utes.

Ain’t that something!

Friday and Saturday at the Twin Towns Ex-Services Club

WP-leek

 

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

‘Technically no longer human’ – can mRNA COVID-19 vaccines meld with your DNA?

It’s becoming increasingly common to see social media posts claiming that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which include those made by Pfizer and Moderna, could alter a person’s DNA.

Lantern parade and fiery finish a blast

With just under 5,000 people including performers, workers, schools and volunteers, the 2021 Lismore Lantern Parade and accompanying festival was a sold-out event celebrating light.

Art headed for the bin after Lismore competition

Making rubbish look great is the outcome of a resent art competition in Lismore – Indigenous art, koalas, rainbows, bats and lorikeets all feature in artwork that will soon be printed onto new bins in Carrington Street.

Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.