The first time I heard Julien Baker was just about a year ago, and by a happy chance it was at the perfect combination of a live show in a small venue when she toured with British dark folk trio Daughter last summer – I’ve been a fan ever since. The Memphis singer-songwriter brings her voice and guitar on stage and leaves her entire soul, baring all and sparing nothing throughout the set that is both so wrenchingly personal and relatable at the same time.
Baker released her debut Sprained Ankle in 2015 to vast critical acclaim, and since then she has continued to earn that acclaim with many festival appearances and opening spots for bands such as Conor Oberst, Belle and Sebastian, The Decemberists, and more. She also released two excellent singles in March on her new label Matador Records, “Funeral Pyre” and “Distant Solar Systems,” and a new album is due later this year.
This week, Baker announced a slew of new tour dates including a headlining show at Union Transfer on October 29th with Half Waif, who will be joining on all dates save one. Tickets are on sale Friday 7/21 at noon via Union Transfer’s website. Below, watch Julien Baker perform (my personal favorite) “Rejoice” from Sprained Ankle live on Audiotree.
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