In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, ‘Applewood Road’, which they recorded live to tape at Nashville’s all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979.
The song’s nostalgic air, along with the clear, sparse arrangement of three vocals accompanied by double bass, drew immediate positive response, and they decided to expand the idea into a full album.
Six months later, they reconvened to write, rehearse and record songs for the self-titled album Applewood Road. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape with minimal accompaniment from some of Nashville’s finest session players, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day, Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams.
The tapes were assembled at London’s most exclusive high-end mastering suite, Gearbox Records, mastered through their vintage analogue outboard, and lacquers cut in-house on their own Heaco lathe.
Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace.
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A Beat Surrender favourite Emily Barker has a new solo acoustic recording out later this year with funding through Pledge music, there’s a nice selection of choices including vinyl, for which I have of course already got my order in, for more info on the project and details of goodies click here.
March tour dates with Red Clay Halo collaborator Gill Sandell.
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New music from Emily Barker fronted collaboration, albums on the way in August and up for pre-order now, including a limited vinyl release which includes a limited edition numbered signed print plus a CD containing the full album plus bonus tracks, more tracks at The Ruckus.
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo have announced the date for the release of their new album, Dead River will be available from July 7th on Linn Records, in the interim here’s a taster of what’s to come, the tracks called ‘Ghost Narrative’ and it’s a corker – the video was filmed during rehearsal for the Union Chapel show last November.
Not done one of these for a while, but some tasty titbits around this week.
From Patterson Hood a first taster from Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance his upcoming solo album, here’s Come Back Little Star a collaboration with the wonderful Kelly Hogan. More
Frank Turner gets buried by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo in their video to promote their vinyl single collaboration Fields of June, you can pre-order the 7″ out on white vinyl next month here.
She Keeps Bees premiered their latest single on All Songs Considered this week, you can listen and download Counter Charm via the Soundcloud widget.