My Kinda Girl
Out of Nowhere
corporate music industry is over. Radio is no longer the source
for music. MTV? Forget it, unless you're into not so real reality
shows with young thugs punching out girls on the Jersey Shore.
the 2000's are shaping up to be a good time for music
again. The Zac Brown Band is getting it done. "Pass The Jar
From The Fabulous Fox Theater," their follow up to "The
Foundation" is great, and have you seen the edition of CMT's
Crossroads that has been running on Palladia featuring Brown and
Jimmy Buffett? It is killer. Seek it out.
is on the road with special guest Steve Winwood this summer. Both
Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly have new CD's out.
there's some real music that's real good. Another example of this
comes from an Illinois dude who now resides in California named
Baker. His new CD can hold its own with all of the artists above.
It is titled "Baker" and it is nothing short of incredible.
not easy to write about a new artist without comparing their music
to others. Way back when there was Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds
those bands the careers of Neil Young and Poco evolved, and then
there was The Eagles and on and on right up to now with Baker. He
is next in line with music makers from that great American rock
striking, no-nonsense cover photo of the man looking you right in
the eye is a perfect representation for the straight-to-your-soul
music on the inside. Every cut in this collection is a gem. First
line, first cut
"She can cry real good
she can make
me feel bad"
and we are off and running with "Why
I'm Leavin," and our first taste of the artist's clear, easy
on the ear vocal style. Reminds you of the pre-millionaire Eagles
when they were still pure and hungry.
you hear the line, "Slide along the cutting edge
gonna bleed," from "Your Mistakes," you realize that
Baker can write too. The cut features his great lead vocal and harmonies
that rival Poco at their apogee.
Kinda Girl" is a tune Joe Ely would have been proud to have
recorded. A just damn pretty vocal and mandolin by Michael Lennon
kick it off. Mix in the vocal harmony/guitar filled sound and lyrics
well, just turn it up. "Rain" is a Glenn Frey-type
ballad, a potential Grammy award winner. Then, "What's Going
..here Baker gets down to his roots on this Garth
Brooks meets Poco kind of song.
followed by "Ride." Wow, if Rick Nelson and The Stone
Canyon Band were still on the scene this is what they would sound
with a little Steve Wariner
.can you hear it? See what I'm saying? Maybe America
if they ever let it rip. Just trying to describe the indescribable
here. "Ride" is what this artist is all about. The cut
is his first classic.
Out of Nowhere" is another hit. It's good as any, and better
than most of the Eagles greatest hits. Yeah, that's what I wrote.
"Last Saturday Night" began and I thought hold on
this ain't no Neil Young deal
this is chicken-fried
Stones! Jagger would have loved to wrap his lips around these lyrics:
"Now its 3 AM
took the bartender home
She's a dirty
blonde with a black skirt on." In the middle of this scorcher,
Baker and Isaiah Mitchell do a killer guitar tribute to Ronnie Wood
and Keith Richards. Just when I had this CD figured out it tossed
me this real cool musical curve.
the humid and sticky Creedence Clearwaterish funk sound of "Expectations."
If you loved the Fogerty brothers you'll love this. If you don't
get the reference just remember it's always new for someone, so
turn it up and enjoy the trip. Listen how the guy uses the word
polite and Harley in the same line
last cut "U" brings us in for a mellow landing. Starts
off with just an acoustic guitar and solo vocal singing, "Palm
trees and ocean breeze, one more Margarita please." It reminds
us that Neil was young once and the torch has been passed.
involved in this project performs brilliantly. To single out a few,
there's Anthony Crawford on steel guitar. He's worked with Neil
Young and Vince Gill. Then there's the co-writer/engineer/producer
Andy Acklang who has worked with The Eagles, Eric Clapton and Willie
Nelson. These guys brought everything they've ever done or learned
to this new CD. Its obvious Baker has decided to surround himself
with the best, but the deal is these guys decided to work with him
as well. Neil Young, Vince Gill, Eagles, Clapton, Willie
see what I'm saying here?
Baker is on the scene. Can't promise he'll save the day,
but now at least we've got a shot. If you only do one thing for
yourself this week buy this CD. It will clear your head and make
you feel good knowin' that despite the cookie cutter, over-produced
noise that is so often fed to us today there is still real music
being created. They say the truth will set you free. Baker is close
to the truth you're gonna get in 2010.
can purchase Baker's new CD at cdbaby.com
out his website at www.bakersongs.com
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