Single Review: Andrew Combs – Blood Hunters

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Released: 3rd March 2017
Label: Loose (Europe)

He’s become known as the ‘modern, east Nashville Troubadour’; Andrew Combs is fast becoming the new face and sound of the Country/ Americana scene in the UK and the States.

The new single Blood Hunters is the leading track from his forthcoming album Canyons Of My Mind released April 2017 and is an insight into his finely crafted brand of alternative country.

Blood Hunters is a song about losing your mind. It is subtly dark in its lyrics but melodic and catchy in its delivery; an interesting and effective juxtaposition, which makes the sentiment all the more effective.

Combs said: “It came out in a haze of post tour blues; this being the 24-72 hours after you get home from tour in which you find yourself restless and somewhat deranged. The 180 degree flip in movement, conditions, and sleep patterns does this to me every time. Anyways, I lost it during one of these episodes. I thought everyone and their mother was out to get me, including myself.”

The accompanying video is a glorious short film set to Combs’ music… a sci-fi inspired tale with echoes of Stranger Things and War Of The Worlds. Directed by Ry Cox, the beautifully shot piece has a grand cinematic feel to it and delivers a brilliant twist at the end.

You could say that it’s the full package; thought-provoking songwriting, easy to digest with gripping visuals.

Combs is due to start his US tour in April and UK tour in May. Here’s a chance to catch this burgeoning songwriter at the start of what will be a very promising career.

– Charlie Barker

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Sheffield’s Charlie Barker supports the national launch of the Women’s Equality Party

Sheffield singer/ songwriter Charlie Barker is set to play the national policy launch of the Women’s Equality Party in Sheffield on 20th October 2015, at The Workstation on Paternoster Row from 6pm.

Founded by journalists Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer and lead by Sophie Walker, Women’s Equality is a new British political party which is uniting people of all genders, diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men so that all can flourish.

The party is launching its national policies on 20th October and in turn all regional branches of the party are joining together in celebration, inviting current members and the public to show their support and discover more about the party.

Charlie BarkerCharlie Barker is a young, female musician and business owner from Sheffield who has been working in the music industry for 15 years, has been a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards semi-finalist, appeared on BBC1’s The Next Big Thing and released two albums on independent label, Rootbeat Records.

She is a supporter of gender equality and now a founder member of the Women’s Equality Party.

Charlie will be performing at the event with new material prepared especially for WE, along with speakers from the party and a film showing of the London launch.

Charlie said: “I have always been passionate about politics since before I was old enough to vote. Sadly, I have recently felt very frustrated with Britain’s mainstream political parties.

I made contact with the Women’s Equality Party through Jillian Creasey of the Sheffield Green Party and found myself very excited about their stance on equality within society today.

I became a Founding Member and am very pleased to be supporting them on their historic launch day.

Equality isn’t just a women’s issue. I’m pleased to say that I am supporting a party where both male and female members are welcome, involved and working towards a unified cause.”

Womens-Equality-Party-Logo-square-copy-2More information about Women’s Equality can be found at the official website www.womensequality.org and the Sheffield branch of WE www.facebook.com/WomensEqualityPartySheffield.

Charlie Barker’s official website is www.charliebarkermusic.com and can be found on the following social networks:http://twitter.com/charliebarker & www.facebook.com/1charliebarker.