I reckon I first met Barry Saunders some 15 years ago or so. He used to come in for chats in the music store where I worked. He was a new dad. His little girl – now a university student, he tells me proudly just before we sat down to record this chat – would play with the CDs in the flip-file racks. And Barry would talk about his latest work, but more often we’d talk about great songs and singers and songwriting.
I knew Barry’s work already – I’d seen The Warratahs and seen some of his solo shows; had the albums too. I love the best of his band work and the solo records. They’re getting better too, with each and every release. The songs are still arriving.
He’s currently working on a project with Delaney Davidson (a previous podcast guest) and reckons there’ll be more in the tank besides, more Warratahs shows will arrive this year and next, more solo stuff too.
So we talked about his life and career – his influences and some of the great connections he’s made, some of the great shows that have stuck with him.
Barry’s always out there doing the work. A whole new generation of “country-styled” singer/songwriter has popped up in New Zealand and they’ve all ended up working with Barry at some point; he’s like a spiritual father to that movement.
We talked about all of this in a wide-ranging conversation that celebrates, in his charmingly low-key, off-beat way, a life of music; a lifelong love of music as motivator, as the thing to do, the thing that gets you through.
It was great to catch up with Barry – he’s long been on my list of podcast guests. I get to tick that off now. Finally.
Today is the third birthday of Sweetman Podcast. How did that happen?! My thanks to all the guests and to any listeners…
Now for my conversation with Mr. Warratah – Barry Saunders. I hope you enjoy it. I certainly did.