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Barry Saunders - Barry Saunders & Adam Hattaway - Single Review: Keep On

19 May 2023 // A review by Roger Bowie

Keep On is the title track of a Warratahs album released in 2006 (don’t mind that Spotty-fi has it as 2020). An almost lost song, as was the album, but a classic Barry Saunders story centred  around someone, could be an acrobat, somewhere, where they don’t want to be, meeting a woman who shakes stars from her hair, dreaming in the morning, drinking in the afternoon, realising that love is the only thing missing, and therefore it must be plain sailing from here, just keep on, keep on, keep on.

Fortitude, persistence, resilience, the traits of the average Kiwi battler, and now Barry teams up with a younger version of himself, the multi-genred Adam Hattaway with his ever-ready Haunters, to revisit this timeless theme.

Whereas the original had fiddle and largely acoustic, this time round we get harmonica and electric guitar, sharper, darker, a little more earnest, the discordant harmonies serving to accentuate the message and put it in a time capsule for ever more.

Of course Barry can sing with anyone, be it Delaney, Marlon, Jackie, Tami or even Ebony Lamb, anyone who can soften or harshen his underlying grit , dependent on the outcome desired.

With Adam there’s no exception, with the younger voice taking the high road and adding a wail of emotion to the mix. Adam Hattaway can also sing with anyone, and this little gem, grit meets grit, is one we hope starts a trend, an expectation, characterised by the pervasive feeling which prevails at the song’s send: we want more of this…..

Keep On is released today, May 19th, and Barry and Adam are doing a celebratory show tomorrow night, May 20th, at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club (who?, what?) in Wellington. Be the lucky ones and be there!

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Barry Saunders

Heading into his fourth solo album Barry Saunders was "wanting to do new things, let my songs take on a new life". The result is 'Red Morning' an artistic collaboration with a leading record producer who introduced some interesting new flavours to the familiar recipe.

In a lateral approach aimed at bringing new sounds to the mix Saunders asked Fur Patrol producer and Mutton Bird guitarist David Long to help. It may not have seemed the most obvious idea to team one of New Zealand's leading country artists with one of its top rock producers but as the resultant album 'Red Morning' proves, it worked like a charm.

'Red Morning' combines the considerable song writing talents of Barry Saunders with fully realised arrangements which expose the subtlety of the music and playing that allows the songs to achieve their full potential.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Barry Saunders


Word Gets Around
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Far As The Eye Can See
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Year: 2008
Type: Album
Red Morning
Year: 2002
Type: Album
Magnetic South
Year: 1998
Type: Album
Year: 1995
Type: Album
Long Shadows
Year: 1994
Type: Album

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