Shad­ows guitar man a Bartlett fan

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Talk about the ul­ti­mate ac­co­lade. New Zealand gui­tarist Gray Bartlett, has re­ceived un­qual­i­fied praise from on high.

Gray’s new al­bum, Pri­vate Con­ver­sa­tions, which has reached No 4 in the New Zealand charts, has been ap­plauded by none other than Hank Marvin of The Shad­ows.

The out­stand­ing re­view is per­fect tim­ing as Gray is cur­rently tour­ing New Zealand, and plays the Re­gent On Broad­way this Satur­day, April 23.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­flu­en­tial and pi­o­neer­ing Shad­ows gui­tarist, Gray’s ‘‘choice of mu­sic is di­verse, en­gag­ing, and he in­ter­prets the com­po­si­tions with clar­ity and sen­si­tiv­ity, qual­i­ties that many gui­tarists lack.’’ Oh, but there’s more. ‘‘Gray’s com­mand of dif­fer­ent guitar tech­niques is also demon­strated as he switches eas­ily from beau­ti­fully per­formed fin­ger style acous­tic, to slide guitar, to country rock and even to heavy blues rock.’’

If Hank is a mu­sic leg­end, so is Gray. Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s hon­ours, Gray is still the biggest­selling Kiwi gui­tarist by far. He’s per­formed along­side in­ter­na­tional acts such as Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, and Dame Vera Lynn, and let’s not for­get his long as­so­ci­a­tion with fel­low country artists Jodi Vaughan and Brendan Du­gan.

As a pro­moter, he has toured Pavarotti, Michael Jack­son, El­ton John, and Boney M as well as Hank him­self.

Fea­tur­ing songs from his new al­bum on Satur­day night, Gray won’t be able to re­sist play­ing old au­di­ence faves, un­doubt­edly in­clud­ing his sig­na­ture songs La Playa along with his own ver­sion of the Shad’s 1960 num­ber-1 hit, Apache.

On­stage with Gray will be the vi­brant and ver­sa­tile Chet O’Connell.

Gray Bartlett and Chet O’Connell, to­gether on stage, per­formin the Re­gent On Broad­way Satur­day April 23.

Book­ings are at Tick­et­Di­rect.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

You sure Hank done it this way? With a top-sell­ing al­bum, Kiwi mu­sic icon Gray Bartlett plays the Re­gent on Broad­way this Satur­day.

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