When: Tue., Aug. 28, 6 p.m. 2012
Play your kid Mozart — maybe he’ll grow up to be a math genius. Play your kid Steve Earle and Bob Dylan’s steel-guitar melodies — maybe he’ll grow up to be Rayland Baxter, a local singer-songwriter with a knack for crafting folk tunes with the ease of someone who might have played with Legos to the soundtrack of “Tombstone Blues.” The son of Bucky Baxter — a multi-instrumentalist who has played with both aforementioned masters as well as Ryan Adams and R.E.M — Rayland writes songs that deal primarily with love, grounded by his own penchant for the great outdoors. In addition to parentally provided twang, nature also makes a cameo on his debut record, Feathers & Fishhooks: Oceans, valleys, streams and trees are all name-checked. He recently signed with ATO, making him a cozy, fitting labelmate to Caitlin Rose, Dawes and Carl Broemel’s solo work. Naturally.
Marissa R. Moss