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Rayland Baxter

Singer and songwriter Rayland Baxter is an artist whose music is at once mystic and down to earth, focused on the ebb and flow of human relations while wrapped in simple but evocative melodies and sung in a voice that reflects the mysteries of life that are the stuff of his songs. Rayland Baxter was born in Bon Aqua, Tennessee (not far from Nashville) on September 26, 1983. Rayland grew up in a house full of music; his father is Bucky Baxter (aka William Baxter), a noted pedal steel guitarist who has worked with Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, R.E.M., and Ryan Adams. Rayland was about nine years old when his father gave him an electric guitar, but even though Rayland enjoyed music and learned to play his new instrument, his first love was sports, and the young man was more interested in spending time outside than picking. Baxter would go on to play lacrosse at Loyola University, but injuries to his knees put an end to his career as a competitor, and with sports no longer a priority, Rayland's interest in music deepened. Rayland quit school and moved to Creede, Colorado, where he wrote songs, played open-mike nights, and busked for change. Rayland next landed a job as a roadie with the band Moonshine Sessions, and a tour of Europe prompted an extended stay in Paris, but when a brief romance left Baxter with a broken heart, he took a friend up on an offer to spend some time in Israel, where he immersed himself in classic singer/songwriter albums (including artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Townes Van Zandt), and committed himself to the art of songwriting. By the summer of 2010 Baxter had settled in Nashville, and began playing local showcases and open-mike nights; his first EP, The Miscalculation of Song, appeared a few months later. Baxter's first album, Feathers & FishHooks, which featured extensive instrumental work from Rayland's father, was released by an independent label in 2012, and by the end of the year Baxter had signed with the artist-friendly ATO Records label, who quickly reissued Feathers & FishHooks. Baxter supported the album with touring, including road dates opening for the Civil Wars and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and while off the road he made his home in a ramshackle house in Nashville he shared with several friends, where he slept on a screened-in porch. In 2015 Rayland dropped his second full-length album, the ambitious Imaginary Man. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Feathers & Fishhooks

1. The Mtn Song

2. Olivia

3. Marjoria

4. Tell Me Lover

5. The Woman For Me

6. Good Friend

7. Dreamin

8. Willy's Song

9. Driveway Melody

10. Hoot Owl

11. Trouble

12. Willow

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Track List: Ashkelon

1. The Mtn Song

2. Bad Things

3. Driveway Melody

4. Ghost, Again

5. The Cold Easy Life Of A Loner

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Track List: Imaginary Man

1. Mr. Rodriguez

2. Oh My Captain

3. Mother Mother

4. Yellow Eyes

5. Rugged Lovers

6. Young Man

7. All In My Head

8. Freakin Me Out

9. Memories Of Old Hickory

10. Your Love

11. Lady Of The Desert

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Track List: Mr. Rodriguez (Single)

1. Mr. Rodriguez

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Track List: Rayland Baxter On Audiotree Live EP

1. Mr. Rodriguez (Live)

2. Bad Things (Live)

3. Mother Mother (Live)

4. Olivia (Live)

5. Young Man (Live)

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Track List: Yellow Eyes (Single)

4. Yellow Eyes

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Like this guy!
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Reminds me of the sound of Chris Martin / Coldplay.
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Thanks Rayland. I was feeling pretty low tonight. Good Friend is a great dust off song. You can be my brother. ❤️
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hreal
Looking forward to seeing him perform at World Cafe Live in Philly on Jan 30, 2016!
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Truly good music! He opened for a band I came to see but Rayland was so good that I've forgotten who that other band was. Seriously. Well done Rayland.
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indyssignguy
Thank you Grace Potter for introducing Rayland to us !
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I got the chance to see him warm up for Grace Potter at the Capital theator in Port chester Ny.........I f you like him here you will love him in person!!!
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Very nice! New to me artists, my favorite thing about Pandora!

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