As a member of Houston, TX's Front Porch Society, Samuel Barker got to share the stage with other singer-songwriters like Ben Hall, Huke Green, Matt Harlan, Jimmy Pizzitola, Nathan Taylor, Randy Hill and more. These song swaps help shape the music you will hear on Samuel's albums and give you a list of people to check out if you like them.
Barker started out playing not just acoustic songs, but distortion-laden noise rock, as well. His love always laid in those late nights of sitting on the floor with a notebook and acoustic creating songs that told stories.
Growing up in a small coastal town, Barker saw many different directions one could take in life. He has watched friends succumb to substance abuse, others reclaim their sobriety, some leave town for a better life and others try to hold onto their jobs in various dying industries. These experiences taken from friends, family and personal experiences have all been gathered to create the album you have before you.
After spending years on the road playing shows with the mere hope of recouping travel costs, he released a collection of demos called, All This For Gas Money?, back in 2011. It's not a slight against the life, but a playful joke for those who live it. Now, after a few more years of refinement, the releases of an EP recorded at historic Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, In the Memphis Sun, and an LP with his band, The Wayward Sons called "The Long Fall of...", Samuel is poised to release his latest solo album, These Lonesome Nights.
These Lonesome Nights is a collection of songs written as Samuel transitioned from married life to being a divorced single parent plus some other tunes looking for new life. Some songs are fun, some are reflective on the past and some are coping mechanisms for transition into his new life. The album will be released in the summer of 2015. [+]