SINGLE ‘THE HARDEST WAY’ ON RELEASE NOW
NATIONWIDE TOUR BEGINS APRIL 2016
Renowned bluesman, songwriter and harmonica supremo Don Baker has joined forces with the irrepressible Irish blues singer Clara Rose for an album called Baker Rose to be released on April 7th, 2016. ‘The Hardest Way’ is the first single taken from the album and is on release now.
A key guest on the album is noted Irish jazz guitarist Louis Stewart who adds his unique style to the track ‘Lost Lover Blues’. Baker Rose embarked on an extensive live tour last summer, an experience that was so successful that recording a full album was nigh on inevitable. While the tracks on Baker Rose embrace an eclectic mix of folk, rock, country and jazz, neither Don nor Clara strays far from their blues roots.
Baker-Rose contains 11 tracks and a delicate blend of original tunes by both Baker and Rose as well as a couple of covers. Either singer can take over vocal duties with equal aplomb, but when they share vocals they can take a song to places it’s never been before! Along the way, their lyrical pre-occupations range from love won and lost to religion, politics, drugs, life and death.
The entire Baker Rose album was produced and engineered by Baker who also played slide guitar, electric guitar and acoustic guitar alongside his trademark harmonica.
Rose’s expressive vocals featured on Baker’s 2013 duets album My Songs, My Friends, and her releases include a solo album A Portfolio in 2012, followed by an EP Queen of the Late Night Radio. Baker has an impressive catalogue of albums, and his legendary harmonica playing has attracted acclaim from artists as varied as Nashville session musician Charlie McCoy and U2’s Bono.
The release of Baker Rose will be backed by a three-month nationwide tour that will see the duo play concerts in a variety of venues across the country. See attached for full tour dates.
MP3 and WAV downloads of ‘The Hardest Way’ single: http://bit.ly/1ROzbwq
Video ‘The Hardest Way’: https://youtu.be/loNfO3pJGWE
Baker Rose CD album
by DON BAKER and CLARA ROSE
Track by track – By Jackie Hayden
1.‘Never Let You Down’
A riveting vocal performance for Clara on a slow blues that allows Don’s harmonica full expression.
2.‘The Hardest Way’
The first single from the ablum. Clara delivers a tasty slice of country blues on her own song, with Don’s evocative slide guitar never far away. Ready made for Irish radio.
Don takes the vocal lead on this sturdy blues rock track about Martin Luther King, with Clara’s stunning vocals adding a stirring gospel feel.
Don and Clara trade verses on this aching piano ballad about a departed friend.
5.‘Broken Woman Blues’
A punchy blues-rock outing dominated by Clara’s emotive vocal and Don’s Knopfleresque electric guitar.
A folksy blues track with Don’s lived-in voice embellished by his own harmonica and Clara’s vocal to prove that sometimes less is more.
7.‘My Train Is Running’
A fast and furious blues rocker with Don’s vocal “all-fired up” and his slide guitar and harmonica not far behind!
Clara puts her own stamp on this song with an unstoppable feisty vocal performance.
You can feel Don’s anger, in both his vocals and guitar playing, on this vehemently anti-drug song.
10.‘Lost Lover Blues’
Louis Stewart’s guitar becomes the perfect foil for Clara’s gutsy vocals on a smouldering slow blues.
11.‘Glory of Love’
With just an acoustic guitar and their warm voices, Don and Clara breathe new life into an old classic. An inventive ending to an inventive album.
BAKER ROSE NATIONWIDE TOUR 2016
16th April – Mall Theatre, Youghal, Co. Cork
22nd April – Dunamaise Arts Theatre, Port Laoise, Co. Laois
27th April – Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
29th April – Raff’s on the Corner, Skerries, Co.Dublin
30th April – The Venue, Rataoth, Co. Meath
13th May – Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
14th May – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co.Kildare
20th May – Beggy’s, Navan, Co. Meath
21st May – St. John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co.Kerry
27th May – Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
28th May – Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co.Donegal
4th June – Dolan’s, Limerick
10th June – The Mill Theatre, Dundrum
17th June – Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork
18th June – Backstage Theatre, Longford
24th June – Mermaid Theatre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
25th June – Westport Town Hall, Co. Mayo
23rd July – Millbank Theatre, Rush, Co. Dublin
6th August – Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
28th August – Everyman Theatre, Cork