Sweet Kind of Blue is an intoxicating blend of self-penned songs about loves lost, heartrending humanity and the rush of the road trip. The making of the album was a love story in itself, between Barker and Memphis.
Emily Barker’s new album was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. Sweet Kind of Blue is her first full studio album since 2013’s critically lauded Dear River and marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.
Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road. In 2015 she composed her first full feature film soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s Hector, which won a Scottish BAFTA for its lead actor, Peter Mullan.
“Blues meets country meets gospel… a sweet and tender distillation of Americana influences” – Clash
“Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies” – The Guardian
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