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Sam Baker (Country)

With his raspy, almost spoken word vocal style and his literate, poignant, and carefully observed songs that grapple with the beauties, complexities, and little tragedies of this world, Sam Baker has much in common with other Texan songwriters like Robert Earl Keen, James McMurtry, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark, although his approach to narrative probably comes closest to an artist like John Prine. Baker grew up in Itasca, Texas, a prairie town southwest of Dallas and Fort Worth on Interstate 35. He was exposed to a wide array of music as a child (his mother was a local church organist), not the least of which was his father's collection of country blues artists. The defining moment in Baker's life came in 1986 when he was traveling on a train to visit Machu Picchu in Peru. A terrorist bomb exploded on the train and Baker was gravely injured, losing most of his hearing and suffering serious injuries to his left arm. He had 18 corrective surgeries performed on him over the next decade at hospitals in San Antonio and Houston, and the consequent physical, emotional, and spiritual journey Baker experienced helped him form his quiet and passionate view of the world. Baker had to completely relearn how to play the guitar with his mangled left hand, and singing was extremely difficult for him because of his severe hearing loss, but he overcame these obstacles to develop his uniquely hushed and quietly powerful performance style. Baker has self-released three critically acclaimed albums, 2004's Mercy, 2007's Pretty World, and 2009's Cotton, all of which make up what he calls his "Mercy Trilogy." Baker's fourth album, Say Grace appeared in 2013. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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My first listen, and I like him very much. What a tragic story...and gallant recovery. I especially like his lyrics.
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In the back of a pickup of course on the way to get a neighbors BBQ I asked Sam to recount the story of that tragic day to my son Phillip on that 4th of July a few years ago. With the same sold poetry my son has never forgotten. I just asked Phillip is he remembers Sam......he started singing Crawling back down in the ditch today
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I just learned of Sam Baker from a radio interview December 26, 2015 on NPR's "Fresh Air". Incredible story for a uniquely talented man. I love his music. What a deep soul!
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bwatson09
Sam Baker is a compelling old soul! I could listen to him for hours and I have! I just found him I will never be without him again. Thank you for YOU.
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ken1187
This guy's lyrics are amazing. What talent. Nice job on Sam Lord.
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joe77062
You can never suppress true talent.
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tshirt214
MERCY is amazing, my favorite of the 3!!! Sam is amazing!!!! Just saw him at Woody Fest a few weeks ago. He has a deep soul. He was interviewed for a segment on Art of the Song. Look for it.... they syndicate to about 160 stations and have all show archives on their website. I managed to catch the tail end of the interview and can't wait to hear the whole thing.
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marley1599
How do we get Mercy and Pretty World added to the discography? Especially Mercy
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