Classic duets get star treat­ment

South Western Times - - Times Life - Emily Ace

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.bun­buryen­ter­tain­

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.

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