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Sam will be doing 2 sets so the show will start at 8.30pm.
“Baker captivated me. His songs are closely observed narratives of eccentric and marginalized people finding meaning in seemingly defeated lives–almost like Leonard Cohen’s, if Cohen had been a Baptist raised in West Texas”. Marc Eisen ~ The Daily Page
Sam Baker grew up in the Texas prairie town of Itasca. He is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words are placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. His website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of grey. Baker turned inward, to relearn the use of his body and brain after a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. It's taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in painting, poetry, and music.
‘Mercy’, released in 2004, was the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by ‘Pretty World’ in 2007 and ‘Cotton’ in 2009. Each piece is imprinted with a theme: everyone is at the mercy of another one's dreams, how beautiful are these days, and talk about forgiveness. His latest 2013 release, ‘Say Grace’ is another step forward. There is not a song on this record that won’t move you in the same way all his great story telling does.
Comparisons have included Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman and even Lou Reed. But a better comparison might be that of Raymond Carver. Baker's pen is precise, cunning and original, often weaving humour with human suffering and tender beauty.