Acclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Barker kicked off her new Australian tour in her hometown of Bridgetown on Sunday. The tour has been scheduled to show off the latest album of Barker and her husband and fellow musician Lukas Drinkwater, titled Room 822. The album was named after the room the couple recorded in while quarantining in Perth’s Westin Hotel earlier in the year after arriving from the UK in October. It will be released on Friday and feature 10 cover songs from Australian artists, including the likes of Paul Kelly, Stella Donnelly and Kasey Chambers. Barker, who has hit the charts across Australia and the UK, said she decided to cover Australian musicians in her latest work was because the songs were a mixture of childhood favourites and recent tracks she was very fond of. Using just a guitar, folding bass, keyboard and some recording equipment on hand, the pair recorded the entire album in their two-week isolation stint. Barker and Drinkwater’s cover of Kelly’s ‘Sleep, Australia Sleep’ has already been picked up as a single and was released on December 9. Barker said she was a massive fan of Kelly’s work due to his ability to express complicated issues and real life experiences through music. “Like most Australians, I am a fan of Paul Kelly,” she said. “I think of him as the Bob Dylan of Australia; a brilliant storyteller who never shies away from tackling the pertinent and sensitive issues of our times.” The tour marks the first time since 2017 the duo have travelled the country performing their music. The first stop of the tour was in Queensland on Saturday and will see the pair travel to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia as the couple play both hits from their new albums and older songs in their repertoire. They were scheduled to make an appearance at the Nannup Music Festival before it was canned.