Live at the Deni Ute Muster
For a man who’s long championed the humble Aussie ute—“Ute Me” and “She’s My Ute” are two such moments on this live album—there could hardly be a more fitting location for a Lee Kernaghan show than the Deni Ute Muster. In fact, the only thing more Australian than the ute and Kernaghan songs such as “Spirit of the Anzacs” and “Waiting on a Mate” is the moment when the singer stops proceedings to do a shoey, telling the audience, “These are R.M. Williams boots. I got them in 1999, so on the 21st anniversary of the Deni Ute Muster, let’s just do this.” Celebrating 30 years since the release of his debut album, The Outback Club, Kernaghan romps through a career-spanning set in front of 20,000 fans, captured here in Apple Music’s Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos technology, dropping the listener right in the middle of the action. As the album draws to a close with the crowd singing along loudly to the outro tape (“Waltzing Matilda”), it’s clear this was a very special night, one deserving of this classic live recording.