(Press Release) Emily Barker's ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ is out now through Everyone Sang/Kartel. The album marks a new sound as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a singer/songwriter. Now the singer-songwriter will be joining Mary Chapin Carpenter on select tour dates this summer. Check them out after the jump.
The stars were perfectly aligned for these Memphis ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ sessions. Barker brought her songs, her guitar, that cathedral of a voice and her irrepressible freewheeling spirit. Producer Matt Ross-Spang was riding high following his recent Grammy success with Jason Isbell and Barker was backed by top Memphis musicians Rick Steff, Dave Smith, Dave Cousar and Steve Potts who have performed on recordings for John Mayall, Cat Powerand Norah Jones, amongst many others. Barker marveled at the synergy they created: “in this short amount of time, (4 days of tracking) myself and the musicians become very close. It’s a magical thing to experience; the rapid transition from strangers to life-long friends, it doesn’t always happen”. The result is an intoxicating blend of songs Barker penned about loves lost, heartrending humanity, the rush of the road trip and the sheer glory of a new love. The making of the album was a love story in itself - between Barker and Memphis.
Barker has penned and performed theme songs for BAFTA and Ivor Novello winning television dramas Wallander (starringKenneth Branagh) and The Shadow Line and for the movie The Keeping Room, as well as an entire musical score for the poignant and well-received 2015 road movie, Hector, starring Peter Mullan. She has released several critically acclaimed albums both solo, as Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo and including side projects Vena Portae and Applewood Road. She has played many sold-out UK dates and performed with Frank Turner at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
EMILY BARKER SUPPORTING MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
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July 24 – Boulder, CO – Chautauqua Auditorium
July 27 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
July 28 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
July 29 – Apple Valley, MN – Minnesota Zoo
July 30 – Bayfield, WI – Big Top Chautauqua
August 2 – Stowe, VT – Spruce Peak PAC
August 3 – Portsmouth, NH – Prescott Park
August 4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
August 8 – Shelbyville, DE – Freeman Stage
August 9 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
August 11 – Charlotte, NC – Knight Theatre
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