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Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
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In 1986 Sam Baker was on a train in Peru that was bombed by Shining Path Guerillas. Miraculously he survived and went on to become a great songwriter and is fast becoming one of the biggest underground Americana success stories of recent years. Imagine Steve Earle, Shane MacGowan and Johnny Cash jamming in a back street Texas bar when incomes Nick Cave and the spirit of Townes Van Zandt.

Sam Baker grew up in the Texas prairie town of Itasca. He is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words are placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. His website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of grey.

Sam Baker's fifth studio record is aptly called, Land of Doubt. Produced by Nashville's Neilson Hubbard, the record offers a change in Baker's usual instrumentation, as he lays down his acoustic guitar, and plays instead the electric. Yet still he does not depart from the haunting and melodic style that has mesmerized critics and fans of his previous records (mercy, pretty world, cotton, say grace.) Baker's musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.

Perhaps Baker describes the record best, I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of scarcity and tension
And beautyI always come back to beauty on my records. That's shorthand for something that's bigger than me.

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