Monday, 27 October 2014

German support tour with Madison Violet

Dear Germany,
I'm very excited to announce that I will be supporting Madison Violet (CANADA) on their upcoming tour of Germany! I'll be performing solo and intend to play some new material I wrote recently in Nashville, as well as songs from my latest album 'Dear River' and most likely a few older numbers thrown in for good measure.
If you're not familiar with Madison Violet's music, please do get yourselves acquainted. It's great!

All the dates are here:

30.10.2014 | Hamburg, Germany | Knust
31.10.2014 | Bordesholm, Germany | Savoy
01.11.2014 | Barmstedt, Germany | Humbug-Haus
03.11.2014 | Karlsruhe, Germany | Jubez
04.11.2014 | Aschaffenburg, Germany | Colos Saal
05.11.2014 | Brilon, Germany | Bürgerzentrum
06.11.2014 | Köln, Germany | Kulturkirche
07.11.2014 | Zwickau, Germany | Lutherkirche
08.11.2014 | Osnabrück, Germany | Rosenhof
09.11.2014 | Isernhagen, Germany | Blues Garage

Germany is one of my favourite countries to tour in so really looking forward to my return.
Hope to see you out on the road!
Best wishes,

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Thank you Nashville!

Hey everyone,

This is slightly belated. But better late than never...?

Nashville… what a city!

I've just returned from 18 days in one of my favourite places in the world. Since my first visit, exactly this time last year when I was invited by Bob Harris to play the BBC Introducing stage at Americana Music Association Festival, I have been to Nashville three more times. This visit was my fourth time and it's starting to feel like yet another 'home' for me. I know my favourite places to drink coffee (Crema and Barista Parlour), my favourite place to drink and dance (Robert's Western World), I'm learning my around the city, I'm getting to know lots of great people and great musicians, etc. etc. It feels nicely familiar yet still new.

The main purpose of this visit was to play Americana Music Festival again, but this time the invite came directly from the festival and I had the opportunity, thanks to funding from The British Underground and support from Americana Music Association UK, to bring The Red Clay Halo - none of whom had been to Nashville previously. You know the expression "Brits abroad"? Just kidding - they were (relatively) well-behaved and of course played as beautifully as always, but did manage to significantly lower the city's Tequila supplies…

We played twice: firstly at The Listening Room Cafe, a new venue with a fantastic PA and listening crowd (thankfully it did live up to its name), and secondly we played The Bootleg BBQ organised by AMA UK and the British Underground. This took place in the back yard of an awesome record shop in East Nashville called Groove Records. Both shows, I'm pleased to say, went very well and we made new friends and fans.

I waved the girls off back to London and stayed on an extra week in which I learnt how to dance the Two-Step at Robert's with some old generation cowboy gentlemen, and did a bunch of co-writes with some fantastic writers including James House (we did our writing session at RCA Studio B!), Robin Eaton, Jamie Kenney, Robby Hecht, and also a rather special one with Amy Speace and Amber Rubarth called 'Applewood Road'.

One final event that definitely deserves a mention was having the opportunity to go to Muscle Shoals (have you seen the documentary?!) and be personally shown around FAME studios by Rick Hall's son, Rodney. He left no corners hidden - we even got to see the room which stores the master tape recordings! The likes of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and so many greats recorded in this legendary studio. I even got to play Rick Hall's old Martin guitar! The very one that was used on Aretha's 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man'. What a highlight!

So my love of Nashville has deepened further and I'm already planning my next visit.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, 9 October 2014

November UK Tour with The Red Clay Halo

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

Hello all,

Not long now until The Red Clay Halo and I hit the British motorways for our autumn tour.

We'll be playing in quite a few places we didn't manage to make it to on our last UK tour a year ago and, for the first time, we're asking you to choose the songs you'd like us to play!

So far, we've had requests for the following...

The Suitcase
Witch of Pittenweem
Fields of June
Sleeping Horses
Day After Tomorrow
Tougher Than The Rest
All Love Knows
Oh Journey
Billowing Sea
Lord I Want an Exit

If there's anything else you're dying to hear, please let me know via our Facebook page before 15th October which is when we have our first tour rehearsal.

Here's us recording a version of Bruce Springsteen's 'Tougher Than The Rest' direct to vinyl for our Record Store Day EP, Songs Beneath the River. You can download the EP from: Songs Beneath the River

Tickets and further info available at

Thanks kindly,
Emily x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Americana Music Festival

Tomorrow (Thursday 18th September) The Red Clay Halo and I will play the first of our showcases at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, at The Listening Room at 8pm. Our set is going to include our cover of Aretha Franklin's 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man'.

Earlier this year, we played a sold out show in the prestigious Hall One at Kings Place as part of the Americana Music Association UK showcase there. Early the next morning we went in to Mark Ronson's Zelig studios and set up to record direct to vinyl via a link through to Gearbox Records' incredible mastering suite next door.

I first heard 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man' performed by Aretha Franklin on her album Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. I was about thirteen years old and discovering Aretha changed my life because she made me want to learn how to sing. I used to shut myself in my room after school, put on this record and sing along until my voice was hoarse. Then, over time, I learned how to sing along without losing my voice and this song became my album favourite. Later on in life, I discovered a love of country music and subsequently The Flying Burrito Brothers' cover of the song, which is on their record The Gilded Palace of Sin. I fell hard for this version too, and Gram quickly became a source of song-writing inspiration for me. So this magnificent song reflects, at least in our minds, both of these influences.