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BIO

A rare performer in any day or age and recently inducted into The Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame, Becky Barksdale embodies in one individual the vast Texas blues guitar tradition of a Freddie King, the flirtatious sensuality and assertive independence of a Bessie Smith and the raw passionate vocals of a Janis Joplin. Surprisingly, those conventions seem to have seeped into her pores rather than emanating from any specific source. "My biggest influences were all of the other musicians I played with", she asserts.

 

After nailing down guitar and vocal duties with boogie-blues masters CANNED HEAT, Barksdale landed the lead guitar spot with MICHAEL JACKSON adding some fiery punch to the King of Pops 1993 Dangerous World Tour.

The first artist to be signed by the House of Blues Music Company, Barksdale appeared on two compilations on the label before releasing Real Live, a gripping mélange of electric blues and steamy rock that easily justified the growing hype crowning the Red Hot Queen of the Blues. Cowgirl Blues, an EP of five original songs unearthed her country roots (two great uncles were members of the SONS OF THE PIONEERS), while Blues Revue Magazine declared that there was "More emotion packed into the dozen real-deal blues tracks on Out of the Blue than racks of others".

Those unfamiliar with Barksdale's discography will certainly have heard her musical compositions highlighted by her scorching guitar work and gritty, soulful vocals on numerous trailers and soundtracks for acclaimed motion pictures like Mission Impossible lll, Straight Outta Compton, Wild, Terminator, Predator, Inception, Munich, Cold Mountain, Finding Neverland, Captain America: The Winter Soldier - as well as many of the latest scream-inducing horror flicks including a featured performance of Beckys "Amazing Grace" for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

Descriptions of Barksdale's live shows from sources such as Guitar Player Magazine (unearthly intensity) and Fender Frontline Magazine (soft crying bends, raunchy riffs) really don't do justice to what this siren with a tell-it-like-it-is attitude does when she commands a stage bare foot. Tough, teasing vocals, pugnacious tone and solos that sting like well-placed uppercuts, even when Barksdale slows down the tempo she turns up the heat.

 Lets call on genuine fans for the definitive depiction. "Like Stevie Ray Vaughan with a sex change”, "Some of the most sensual blues I've ever heard”,  "it will make your blood run hot cold showers optional”, "Although I haven't smoked cigarettes in thirty years, I NEEDED one after her performance, Whoa!”.

Ultimately, for Barksdale, interacting with an audience is more fun than toil. "This may sound weird", she insists, "but often I’ll walk off the stage and wont know what happened. I get into this zone where I feel completely connected with everyone in the place and nothing else matters. Its the ultimate vacation." 

 

- Ken Wright

MUSIC PRODUCTION, SCORING, PERFORMANCE

SELECTED CREDITS:

Glass (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Pet Sematary (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Velvet Buzzsaw (trailers) - Netflix

Overlord (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Truth or Dare (trailers) - Universal Pictures

The Grinch (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Lizzie (trailers) - Saban Films

Wind River (trailers) - The Weinstein Company

Annabelle 2 (trailers) - Warner Brothers

Suburbicon (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Mother! (tv spots) - Paramount Pictures

Boss Baby (trailers) - 20th Century Fox 

Trust (promo) - FX

The Accountant (trailers) - Warner Brothers

​Alien: Covenant (tv spots) - 20th Century Fox

The Girl on the Train (trailers) - Universal Pictures

It (trailers) - New Line Cinema

Queen of Katwe (trailers) - Disney Pictures

Despicable Me 3 (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Don't Breathe (trailers) - Sony Pictures 

Ghost In The Shell (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Big Little Lies (promos) - HBO

Silence (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Birth of a Nation (trailers)- Fox Searchlight Pictures

Allied (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

The Shallows (trailers) - Sony Pictures

The Accountant (trailers) - Warner Brothers

Split (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Bleed for This (trailers) - Sony Pictures

​10 Cloverfield Lane (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Death Race 4 (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Sing (trailers) - Universal Pictures

All Eyez On Me (trailers, promo) - Morgan Creek

The Conjuring 2 (trailers) - New Line Cinema

Ash vs Evil Dead (tv spots) - STARZ

Hardcore Henry (trailers) - STX Entertainment

​The Big Short (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Black Mass (trailers) - Warner Brothers

Vinyl (tv spots) - HBO

Steve Jobs (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Midnight Special (trailers) - Warner Brothers

Krampus (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Straight Outta Compton (original song/ soundtrack) -  Universal  Pictures

Straight Outta Compton (trailers/ tv spots/ promos) - Universal Pictures

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (trailers) - Disney Pictures

Cinderella (trailers) - Disney Pictures

Wild (trailers)- Fox Searchlight Pictures

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (trailers) -  DisneyPictures

Neighbors (tv spots) - Universal Pictures

Wake Me Up (film score) - Phoenexus Pictures

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (trailers) - Warner Brothers Pictures

Insidious: Chapter 2 (trailers) - Film District

Argo (tv spots) - Warner Brothers Pictures

UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship (various shows- score and  promos)

Mama (trailers) - Universal Pictures

Paranormal Activity 4 (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

The Rite (trailers) - Warner Brothers Pictures

Paranormal Activity 2 (trailers) - Paramount Pictures

Inception (tv spots) - Warner Brothers Pictures

127 Hours (trailers) - 20th Century Fox

Let Me In (trailers) - Overture Films

Predator (trailers) - 20th Century Fox

Baywatch Nights (original song / on screen performance)   - The  Baywatch Company

Splice (trailers) - Warner Bros Pictures

The Crazies (trailers) - Overture Films

Youth In Revolt (trailers) - The Weinstein Company

Pandorum (trailers) -  Overture Films

Becoming Jane (trailers) - Miramax

Borat (tv spots) - 20th Century Fox

Mission Impossible III (tv spots) - Paramount

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning               (trailers/feat. performance) - New Line

Finding Neverland (trailers) - Miramax

Bring It On 3 (additional film score) - Universal

Alpha Dog (trailers) - New Line

Aquamarine (tv spots) - 20th Century Fox

Cars (teaser trailers) - Walt Disney Pictures

Boogeyman (trailers) - Sony Pictures

The Amityville Horror (teasers) - MGM

The Amityville Horror (trailers) - MGM

Cold Mountain (tv spots) - Miramax

The Jacket (trailers) - Warner Brothers Pictures

Exorcist: The Beginning (trailers) - Warner Brothers Pictures

Austin Powers: Int'l Man Of Mystery (song/ soundtrack) - New  Line

Dawn Of The Dead (trailers) - Universal

Walk The Line (tv spots) - 20th Century Fox

In Her Shoes (tv spots) - 20th Century Fox

The Prince And Me (trailers) - Paramount

I, Robot (trailers, tv spots) - 20th Century Fox

War Of The Worlds (tv spots) - Paramount

The Skeleton Key (trailers) - Universal

The Hitcher (trailers) - Rouge Pictures

Silent Hill (trailers) - Sony Pictures

When A Stranger Calls (trailers) - Sony Pictures

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (trailers) - Sony Pictures

Vacancy (trailers) - Sony Pictures

Wanted Ted Or Alive (underscore) - Versus TV

Blowout (Season 1 underscore) - Bravo

Celebrity Fit Club (custom score, underscore) - VH1

Spying On Myself (promo music) - A & E

Jack And Bobby (promo music) - WB

Family Business (underscore) - Showtime

Surviving Nugent (various cues) - VH1

Modern Girls Guide (various cues) - Style

Dress My Nest (various cues) - Style

Shooting Sizemore (various cues) - VH1