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Monday, August 19, 2013

This is RayLand Baxter

The Best New Music 2013
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In a few hours one of the best EPs of 2013 will be released online (available on iTunes and Amazon - later this fall on vinyl). RayLand Baxter has earned a somewhat rabid following in his local Nashville scene but recently those doors have been flung wide, and rightfully so. This guy is on to something and it's amazing. He offered up an absolutely brilliant performance at this year's Newport Folk Festival that many fans went home talking about. He has a fun, down to earth outlook I had the great pleasure of hanging with RayLand. We shared some drinks and caught a couple sets in Newport.

The New Album: Out Tomorrow!



Named after the town in Israel where Baxter spent a pivotal time of his life, ashkeLon was recorded live in one day, at East Nashville’s Casino studio. Of the title, Baxter comments, “ashkeLon is where I started writing songs and where I have returned numerous times. For me, that was where this all began. I thought it very fitting to name this group of songs ashkeLon for that reason. It’s a very special place. It’s my little green garden in the desert.”

RayLand Baxter with violinists Odessa Jorgensenn and Kristin Weber at Newport Folk
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RayLand's a likable guy with a sharp wit and a contagious smile. That easy-going side of him helps to hide the truly ethereal performances he offers up... There are key moments in each arresting performance in which you practically feel Baxter grab the audience and everything else melts away.  His songs have an emotional intelligence that shines in his lyrics and his delivery. It's going to be easy to lose yourself in these songs. And feeling will never hurt so bad or feel so good.

CONFIRMED DATES 
September 10 // Los Angeles, CA // Hotel Café
September 11 // Los Angeles, CA // Royce Hall*
September 14 // Riverside, CA // Fox Performing Arts Center*
September 15 // Temecula, CA // Thorton Winery*
September 18-22 // Nashville, TN // Americana Music Festival
September 19 // Charlotte, NC // Stage Door Theater
September 20 & 21 // Bristol, TN // Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
September 22 // Austin, TX // The Parish†
September 23 // Dallas, TX // House of Blues†
September 24 // Oklahoma City, OK // The Blue Door†
September 26 // Boulder, CO // Fox Theatre†
October 2 // Stockholm, Sweden // Nalen‡
October 3 // Oslo, Norway // John Dee‡
October 6 // Berlin, Germany // Postbahnhof‡
October 7 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Paradiso‡
October 9 // Glasgow, U.K. // Oran Mor‡
October 10 // Manchester, U.K. // Academy 2‡
October 11 // Dublin, Ireland // Whelan’s‡
October 13 // London, U.K. // O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire‡
October 17 // Birmingham, AL // Workplay Theatre#
October 19 // Ozark, AR // Harvest Festival
October 20 // Northport, AL // Kentuck Festival

*supporting Boz Scaggs
†supporting Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
‡supporting Kacey Musgraves
#supporting Holly Williams

RAYLAND BAXTER
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