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NonCOMM Recap: Rayland Baxter rocks a warm and sunny sampling of Wide Awake

Rayland Baxter | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Rayland Baxter doesn’t give himself enough credit. In between songs during the Nashville songwriter’s set at NonCOMM tonight, Baxter said to the audience, “Just in case anyone was wondering, I have no clue what I’m doing up here.” But on the NPR Music stage with the big crowd and the bright lights, that statement couldn’t have seemed farther from the truth.

Baxter filled the room with a half hour of laid-back surf-rock-meets-alt-country tunes; a warm and sunny sampling from Baxter’s forthcoming record Wide Awake, which will be released July 13. The set kicked off with a brand new song, “Amelia Baker,” which Baxter said he and the band had never played live before, and followed it with another new one — “Strange American Dream.” Continue reading →

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Rayland Baxter warms up the World Cafe Live audience

Rayland Baxter | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Rayland Baxter | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The last time we saw Rayland Baxter was on a warm summer night opening up for Grace Potter at The Susquehanna Bank Center.  In contrast to that night, there was still post-blizzard snow dusting the streets last weekend when he appeared at World Cafe Live.

With the air of a folksy troubadour, Baxter and his band played many favorites from his newest album Imaginary Man as well as some songs from his debut Feathers & Fishhooks.  Between songs, Baxter touched on the history of his songwriting routing back to his days in Israel.  Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Rayland Baxter shows his many sides during lively Free at Noon

Rayland Baxter | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Rayland Baxter | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

It was no surprise to see a nearly full house this Friday for singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter. After all, not only is his style of alt-country immediately infectious, but many XPN fans got a chance to see him rock the Susquehanna Bank Main Center Stage in support of Grace Potter this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Grace Potter and George Ezra shut down the festival with a pop / rock finale

Grace Potter | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Grace Potter | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Like any good music festival, XPoNential requires stamina for those dedicated enough to take it in from top to bottom, front to back. This year was no exception, but those who stuck around to catch the closing night SBC show headlined by Grace Potter and George Ezra were in for a treat. Both performers were totally captivating and engaging, but in different ways – Ezra putting on the storytelling charm and crafting intimate moments with just his voice and guitar, Potter getting all in-your-face with a big and bold six-piece band. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Driveway Melody” by Rayland Baxter

Photo by Melissa Madison Fuller

Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter grew up surrounded by music. His father is Bucky Baxter, a multi-instrumentalist for Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Ryan Adams, among others, yet Rayland didn’t pick up a guitar until his was in his early 20’s. Bazter’s full length debut album, Feathers & Fishhooks, is being released on ATO Records on Tuesday, August 28th. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download Baxter’s “Driveway Melody.”