Rapidly making a name for himself as one of the most exciting blues/rock artists in the UK today, Nigel Barker announces the release of his new single ‘YEAH, I’M EXTRA FLY’, available now on all major digital platforms. ‘Fly’ is the fifth single to be released from his latest album FIVE.
Barker has been frequently described as a hidden gem of the UK blues scene. With five albums under his belt, how could that be? Nigel says “For a long time I didn’t have the money to promote my releases, in some cases there weren’t even press releases sent out, but my fortunes took a turn for the better and I’ve been able to give these recent releases the oxygen they deserve. Results have surpassed expectations. A lot of great reviews and a lot of good radio play and playlist inclusions”.
About this track? “Well I’d describe this track as experimental Indie Blues Rock. The story of a proudly dressed drug dealer viewing his turf. Big sound, big guitars, big strings”.
The album has got plays on Cerys Matthews The Blues Show on BBC Radio 2 and got to number 18 in the IBBA chart Blues Radio chart. The first single video ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ got 10 000 views on Facebook.
SINGLE REVIEWS – YEAH, I’M EXTRA FLY
Slick, razor-sharp lyrics and an undeniably cool, groovy rhythm. A fierce and energetic instrumental background aptly matched by the bold vocals exuding character. Absolutely engaging, classy as they come, – ROCKALT
Great vocal. Great backing track and a sensational guitar solo, Really cool music video too. – ONLY INDIE MUSIC
Americana flair on a truly infectious and captivating track. – THE OTHER SIDE REVIEWS
Great style. Lots of energy. It could very well be synchronised on an original soundtrack of a series such as Sons of Anarchy. – AM ROCK STUDIO
Dazzling – FREE INDIE CULTURE
I love the atmosphere, I love the voice. – GUILS RECORDS
Pretty trippy video – those eyeballs playing violin? Definitely a cool vibe with the track. – WANTED MANAGEMENT
MY UNUSUAL BACKSTORY:
“Due to a car accident at the age of 23, whilst working at AIR Montserrat Recording Studios in the West Indies, I injured my left hand and couldn’t play the guitar for nearly thirty years. Twenty years riding a Harley Davidson with a heavy clutch lever brought my hand back to life eight years ago. So in many ways, I am restoring the career that was taken away from me…thirty years late.
Should I feel bitter about that?… Well no. I’ve adjusted to the fact, but it took time. I had some success writing screenplays and directing movies for a living but to be honest, what I do now musically wouldn’t have been technically possible before 2004. That was the time when affordable recording software and vast libraries of virtual instruments became available on a laptop, so as a trained audio engineer it’s not difficult for me to produce high quality recordings from a modest studio in West London. And that’s what I do. I’m five albums into a twelve album project.
The future? I’m looking forward to album six. Gonna do a few covers I think, and I’m making a list. It’s a pretty eccentric list so its taking some time to collect enough tracks to start, but as soon as that list is long enough I’ll get started. Tracks by Dorothy, Black Casino and The Ghost, Eric Johanson, and Damon Fowler are high on the list. Watch this space”!
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