Emily Barker’s new album was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell). Sweet Kind of Blue is released through Everyone Sang/Kartel on 19th May – 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. The first single from the album, ‘Sister Goodbye’ was hailed as ‘Blues meets country meets gospel… a sweet and tender distillation of Americana influences’ by Clash.
Emily is the award-winning writer and performer of the theme to BBC TV crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. With her former band The Red Clay Halo, she provided the atmospheric theme to noir thriller The Shadow Line. She completed her first full feature film soundtrack for the road movie Hector starring a Scottish BAFTA-winning Peter Mullan and also contributed to the soundtrack for The Keeping Room starring Brit Marling and Sam Worthington. She has toured extensively all over the world, including an appearance at the Olympics opening ceremony alongside friend and collaborator Frank Turner.
‘heartfelt songwriting… bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac’ The Times
‘Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies’ The Guardian