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Sara Evans Serves Country Family Style on New Side Project The Barker Family Band

Sara Evans enlists her teenaged kids Olivia and Avery for a heartwarming new side project, The Barker Family Band.

Written by Chris Parton
Sara Evans Serves Country Family Style on New Side Project The Barker Family Band
The Barker Family Band; Photo credit: David McClister

Sara Evans is serving up her country music family style with a heartwarming new side project. She’s teaming with two of her teenaged kids for a six-song EP titled The Barker Family Band.

Arriving April 12, the EP features Evans’ daughter Olivia Barker (16) and son Avery (19). It was inspired after low-key family singalongs of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Evans’ hit “Born to Fly” took off on Instagram, and will feature those tracks alongside a few others. Covers of favorites by Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin and Judy Garland are included, plus an original track written by the kids called “The View.”

 

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Singing Dreams with Avery on guitar and low harmony, Livy on lead vocal and me on high harmony. #fleetwoodmac @olivia.evns @averyschelske

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Evans and Olivia trade vocals duties on The Barker Family Band, while Avery plays guitar and co-produces with Evans and Ben Fowler. And according to Evans, the project is a dream come true.

 

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@averysbarker @olivia.m.barker jazzing up “Born to Fly.” #whydidntIthinkofthat #reharmonization @marcushummon

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“Family is everything to me and making a record like this has been a dream for me since my kids were little,” she explains. “They were literally raised on a tour bus around music and this is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m honored that I get to make this music with them before they embark on their own careers as musicians.”

The Barker Family Band track list:
1. “Born To Fly Intro” – (lead vocals by Sara Evans)
2. “Dreams” – (Fleetwood Mac cover with lead vocals by Sara Evans)
3. “XO” – (Beyoncé cover with lead vocals by Olivia Barker)
4. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – (Aretha Franklin cover with lead vocals by Sara Evans)
5. “The View” – (original with lead vocals by Olivia Barker)
6. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” – (Judy Garland cover with lead vocals by Olivia Barker)

Evans will release a new solo project in 2019, but before that she’ll take the family band on the road. Presented by City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry, her Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour kicks off May 7 and wraps with a stop in Music City.

Here’s a complete list of dates and cities on the tour:
May 7 – Washington, D.C. @ City Winery
May 8 – New York, NY @ City Winery
May 9 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
May 17 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
May 18 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery