If you imagine Beck with Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen with the Delta Saints and then dust in some Joe Gideon, Kurt Weill, Curtis Stigers, Bob Dylan and Peter Gabriel you might understand a little about where Nigel Barker’s music is coming from. Today he releases his first single from his forthcoming new album.
UK based, Nigel Barker’s music is lyric oriented, with strong melodies and often experimental musical arrangements which keep things interesting. He says, ’I can’t name one genre for my whole body of work ‘cos I just keep moving and I like it that way. Whatever grabs me at the time might offer up a couple of tracks in a certain stye. I keep audio and written notes throughout the year and they become the basis for the songs when I sit down and write. My favourite reviewer comment so far has to be “This guy is just the right amount of strange.”’
Nigel only started his music career about 8 years ago. He had a bad car accident when he was 23 and lost the use of his left hand. For the young guitar player that was devastating.
Nigel switched to training as a recording engineer at AIR Studios and eventually went on to become a film editor and then an international award winning film director and writer. His 2003 film ‘The Refuge’, won him a Director’s Award at the 2006 Cinequest Film Festival, as well as a Best Screenplay award at the Napa Sonoma Film Festival in California- but he turned his back on film directing, ‘It was too hard getting money for films and too hard making them. I went back to simple film editing’ he says.
The films bought him a Harley Davidson, and after a number of years using the heavy clutch on the bike, his hand came back to life. Nigel explains, ‘’I was excited to be playing again, I went out and bought the guitar I had had when I was eighteen, a Les Paul, and started all over again. Four albums later, I have my own studio and twenty six guitars as well as a dining room that converts into a small film studio.’’
Now, with four previous albums under his belt, Nigel is set to release a new album later this year.