Hello all! I cannot wait to share this artist with you – I’ve been waiting ever so patiently for his album to come out so I could write this post! While my stay in Nashville was short, I am so grateful that I was able to find some of my favorite music I’ve ever heard! First up, the adorably quirky, fantastically mustached RayLand Baxter. No doubt Baxter comes from a talented background (his father, Bucky, has played with Bob Dylan, R.E.M. and Steve Earle), he is certainly adding his own twist to the family tree with a genre I can only label hippie-folk-country… that’s a thing, right? His debut album, feathers & fishHooks, released August 28th , has the easy going, road trip theme songs (“Mtn Song”, “Driveway Melody”, “Willy’s Song”), the love song to no one in particular (“The Woman For Me”), and my current favorite, “Willow”, with it’s sitar, Beatles-esque sound that is such an exciting, unexpected song to hear at the end of a folk record! I wish I could place exactly what it is about this human being and his music that I find absolutely captivating. His welcoming, effortless vocals? The honesty and simplicity in his music? The fact that his music simply puts a smile on my face? … the mustache, perhaps? It’s hard to say. All I know is that if you’re looking to see the man in person (and you should!), you can check him out finishing up a tour opening for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals this October. Enjoy!
RayLand Baxter – Feathers & FishHooks – Album Review
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