Raw appeal and country sound

Adding to their live performance appeal is the shared musical tastes of duo Kane and Paula Gray. Picture: CASSANDRA KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY

By Angela Norval

Music is well and truly in the soul of Kane and Paula Gray, well known on the entertainment scene as Barlight Music.

They’ve been playing music together for six years and prior to becoming a duo were in a number of bands that played throughout Queensland.

Their interest in music began in a very traditionally Australian way, by listening to their parents’ record and tape collection as well as Rage on Saturday mornings.

Asked about their influences, Kane and Paula agreed their favourite genre was country.

In the ’90s that included artists like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain and Reba McEntire.

These days the duo follows new artists such as Brandy Clark, Tyler Childers and Luke Combes.

Paula said country was such a flexible genre and it was surprising how many people were country fans.

“Our set lists usually include acoustic versions of country, pub rock and easy listening covers, allowing us to have something to suit a variety of audiences,” she said.

“Because we have been playing music together for a long time and have a similar taste in music this really helps our live performances and it is also great to have both male and female singers to cover a wider range of songs.”

As a duo, Kane and Paula have experimented with various instrument combinations, backing tracks and midi files.

“Over the years we have come to the conclusion most people prefer to hear raw live music over pre produced sounds,” Paula said.

“So now we only play with an acoustic guitar, bass and stomp box as we find this is all we need to create a dynamic live performance.”

Barlight Music is working on learning new songs and recording some of their originals.

Upcoming gigs include 30 January at The Waves Sports Club, 7 February at The Club Bargara, 12 February at The Sugarland Tavern and 13 February at the Kingaroy RSL.