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New Folk: Rayland Baxter – feathers & fishhooks!

Ok so after I write that the next 40 days are going to dedicated to rediscovering rock, I have the ipod on shuffle and recently added tracks, up pops “Dreamin'” by Rayland Baxter from his latest release feathers and fishhooks, and t was time to forget rock for a while and listen to the this album! What a great album from a young songwriter. From his press kit bio.

My story is… I am born n raised in Nashville, TN. I am 26. I write songs. I stand by tradition. I enjoy the taste of cold coffee. I drive a ’91 Jetta that I bought for $500. Its made of thicker metal than your car, I guarantee. I grew up watching my father perform with Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Ryan Adams (, which in turn are some of my influences. J.J. Cale, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt are a few. I like Dr. Dog alot as well. They are great. I have spent a lifetime of listening…to everything, and now I am trying to do it myself. I hope my journey as a musician and writer is very long..

From a review of the album by Nancy Dunham at No

…. Baxter, who has become something of a constant on tours by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and The Civil Wars, is a traditional Americana artist in the best sense of the word. His deeply personal songs, often featuring fierce pedal steel courtesy of his multi-instrumentalist father Bucky Baxter, puts one in mind of the dusty country songs recorded by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and even Steve Earle.

Complete review

I’ll add that he reminds me a little of Jimmy LaFave. But for me the album is terrific so check it out! Here’s the first track on the album “The Mtn. Song”