"the arrangements are exquisite and the clear love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity" - The Times ★★★★
"country-soul with luminous warmth” - Mojo ★★★★
“finally sets out her true claim for stardom” - Q ★★★★
"the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems” - UNCUT 8/10
“[Barker is] not some cultural interloper, but a true believer who has it in her blood” - No Depression
Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to the hit ABC drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Growing up in Bridgetown, Western Australia, on the banks of the Blackwood River. As a teenager, she fell in love with American music from the soul of Aretha Franklin to the country of Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris after watching the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou?. After leaving Australia, her travels led her to settling in the UK, where she has released a succession of critically acclaimed albums, including three with all-female band The Red Clay Halo and more recently with the folk-country trio Applewood Road alongside Nashville singer-songwriters Amy Speace and Amber Rubarth.
Her new solo album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter). From country-soul ballads to the unfettered joy of the bluesy 'Sunrise', the album has been lauded as Barker’s best yet and features contributions from some of Memphis' finest musicians.
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