Classic duets get star treatment
AFTER unquestionably remaining at the forefront of Australian country music in their own right, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole will unleash a special chemistry on stage forged by 20 years of friendship.
Following the original 2013 tour
The Great Country Songbook with Troy Cassar-Daley, Harvey has teamed up with Cole to perform their first full album together The Great Country Songbook Volume II.
“We have got to stay friends because we know too much about each other,” Harvey laughed.
“But mate it is wonderful – it is really great to be back on the road, we tour together and then we have a couple of years off and you just forget how much fun it is.
“I reckon she is the best live entertainer that I’ve ever seen and so it is just awesome to be on the stage with her each night and we are great old mates.”
The pair hand-picked the most classic country duets of all time for the project, including selections from Johnny Cash and June Carter, George Jones and Tammy Wynette and Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.
Adding to their musical prowess on stage is the multitude of stories to “dish out on each other”.
“Bec’s got a great attitude to entertaining and I think that is why we clicked in the first place,” Harvey said.
“We sort of both look at what we do as making sure people come along to the show and forget about all their cares and their worries for a few hours and sort of escape.”
Harvey said Cole teased him about wanting to call the project the “Troy said no” album, “because Troy wouldn’t sing all those female duets with me”.
“So I thought who better to ring than my old sparring partner and one of my best friends and she loves country music as much as I do,” Harvey said.
“She really loves that traditional stuff and I think when you are doing this sort of stuff it has got to be genuine.”
The tour includes Cole’s personal favourite You’re the reason our kids are ugly and Harvey’s My Elusive Dreams, which reminds him of when he and his wife took a chance to realise his dream of becoming a country music star.
“I’m like a kid in a lolly shop,” he said.
“I just love it because it’s amazing with those songs how you hear them and they take you right back.
“People still love those classic songs and it’s beautiful when you look out on that audience and they are all singing along, yahooing, swinging from the rafters and having a great time.
“That’s the power of music.” Harvey said performing live still gave him the “most amazing feeling”, which was “multiplied when you can actually share that moment with one of your best friends on stage”.
The duo will perform at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre tomorrow night, with tickets available from www.bunburyentertainment.com.
People still love those classic songs and it’s beautiful when you look out on that audience and they are all singing along...
– Adam Harvey
Old mates and country music legends Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole will trade stories and sing classic duets together on stage for their Great Country Songbook Volume II tour at BREC tomorrow night.