Nashville born singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter is back with a new song, “Yellow Eyes.” It’s one of 13 songs from an ATO Records Spring music sampler that you can download for free via NoiseTrade. Also included on the sampler are songs by Kopecky, Rhett Miller, Benjamin Booker, Stars, Fly Golden Eagle, and Hurray For The Riff Raff. “Yellow Eyes” is also from Baxter’s forthcoming album, Imaginary Man on August 14th.
Baxter grew up surrounded by music. His father – Bucky Baxter – is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, pedal steel, dobro) and has recorded and toured with Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, and others. He released his debut album in 2012, Feathers & Fishhooks . He once told Interview Magazine that the three bands he wished he’d have been in were The Grateful Dead, Velvet Underground, and The Shins. Which pretty much sums up the singer’s broad zone of musicality.
About the song, Ann Powers of NPR Music wrote:
Baxter sings those words in dialogue with the zingy guitar lines of Guster’s Luke Reynolds; as the singer’s voice ascends, the guitar dances downward and circles around, illustrating the charms of the song’s unreliable narrator. He’s a rogue, but one whose wanderlust comes from the pain of waking alone. “Find the girl with yellow eyes, go and break her heart,” Baxter wails, as if sorrow were his only remedy. The guitar dances closer, suggesting a happier outcome. In a close-to-perfect song, this ambiguity is the final ingredient: the formula’s poignant wild card.
Download the ATO Music sampler, featuring “Yellow Eyes,” by Baxter below.
My Morning Download, Rayland Baxter