[New Release] SAM BAKER
Baker makes elegant, original music. Nothing he does could be mistaken for anyone else’s work.
Baker’s career emerged from a remarkable life story. In 1986 he was on a train in Peru when a bomb set by terrorists exploded. Baker suffered brain damage, hearing loss and a hand injury that forced him to teach himself to play guitar left-handed.
The simple grace of his craft, on full display in his fifth release, “Land of Doubt,” emerged from that tragedy.
With a sound both soaring and sad, the Texas-based Baker sings in a raspy talk-whisper that makes you stop what you’re doing, sit down and listen. The words emerge in sharp relief from a soundscape of restrained guitar, piano, strings and muted trumpet.
The effect, utterly evocative, may or may not qualify as poetry. But it is certainly poetic.