Emily Barker’s latest album Sweet Kind of Blue is love story, between Barker and Memphis, recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service with producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell). Released through Everyone Sang/Kartel it is the first full studio album Barker has released since 2013’s critically lauded Dear River and marks a new sound as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.
To understand how this love affair began, you have to go right back to the start… Barker grew up in remote, rural Western Australia; a childhood that was blessed with an almost idyllic, roaming freedom instilled not only an itinerant spirit, but also a mighty work ethic that has seen her playing over two hundred shows a year and releasing what will be her tenth studio album (including her albums with The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and last year’s acclaimed debut as part of country trio Applewood Road).
Barker penned and performed theme songs for award-winning television dramas Wallander and with her former band The Red Clay Halo the theme for noir thriller The Shadow Line as well as an entire musical score for Jake Gavin’s poignant and well-received 2015 road movie, Hector, starring Peter Mullan.
‘heartfelt songwriting… bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac’ – The Times
‘ambitious and beautifully wrought’ – Q
Support is from London-based singer-songwriter Pete Roe. Formerly a member of Laura Marling‘s band, he has also toured with Mumford and Sons, Lucy Rose, Nathaniel Rateliff, Willy Mason and Ben Howard…
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