He’s as much a part of New Zealand music as the main trunk line, while she’s a genuine Gore girl who’s become synonymous with soul-stirring Americana.

Put them together and you’ve got an intriguing combo that promises much for sublime music.

Waratahs frontman Barry Saunders and Jackie Bristow have recorded a new single which they’re releasing this coming Friday.

To celebrate the release of Good Miles to Go, they’re playing a special gig at Gibbston’s Kinross on Saturday.

Bristow, who recently launched the creative songwriting initiative, SongCatcher, says she and Saunders have a strong connection
musically and their voices sound great together.

‘‘When I was locked down in NZ on a trip back from Nashville, I got Barry to play with me and we had the best gigs.

‘‘He was one of my biggest supports during that lockdown time and we began a friendship.

‘‘In the shows, I was singing on his hits and it was great to work with another frontperson.

‘‘And then Barry wrote this song, based on our conversations, called Good Miles to Go.

‘‘We recorded it live in Greytown, its a pared back song, there’s a real soul in it – it’s our two voices, two guitars and a harp.’’

They’re also releasing a video for the track next Thursday, which has been directed and produced by quirky Lyttleton singer-songwriter Delaney Davidson.

Bristow says the next step for the pair will be an EP.

Jackie Bristow and Barry Saunders, Kinross, Saturday, March 2, 4.30pm. Tickets, $40 + booking fees, via eventfinda

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