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Rayland Baxter’s “Young Man”

Thomas Bellflower July 21, 2015
GQ CALLS RAYLAND BAXTER’S “YOUNG MAN”
“THE BEST SONG FROM FASHION WEEK” 
IMAGINARY MAN OUT AUGUST 14 ON ATO RECORDS
SUMMER/FALL TOUR DATES CONFIRMED, INCLUDING SHOWS IN NYC AND L.A.
“We found your new favorite song at Billy Reid,” GQ asserts of Rayland Baxter’s “Young Man.” The magazine goes on to say, “The right song provides the perfect mood and compliment to the clothes, so designers painstakingly choose the exact match every time. One guy who has gotten it right season after season is Billy Reid. He’s got an uncanny knack for finding what works every time, and last night he proved it yet again. For the second season in a row, he went with live music. This time with Rayland Baxter…If this track is any indication, it’s gonna be full of addictive and moody end-of-summer jams. The perfect way to close out the season.” The song can now be heard/shared HERE.
“Young Man” is from Baxter’s anticipated new full-length album, Imaginary Man, which will be released August 14 on ATO Records and is now available for pre-order at iTunes and www.raylandbaxter.com. Each pre-order comes with an instant download of two additional album tracks, “Mr. Rodriguez” and the first single, “Yellow Eyes.” Of “Yellow Eyes,” NPR Music’s Ann Powers asserts, “Many musicians can craft about one-third of an excellent pop song. Some write beautiful bare melodies that drip into your head like honey into cake. Others are masters of tone, using genius arrangements and technical wizardry to craft a sound that transports, no matter the shape of the tune. Still others employ wit to craft characters that feel like friends. Rarely, a musician manages to do all three. On the new ‘Yellow Eyes,’ Rayland Baxter comes pretty darn close to such perfection.” Additionally, the Nashville Scene praises, “Like much of Baxter’s work—and really most of the best songwriting—it tells a complex story in a way that feels effortless and breezy.”
In celebration of the new album, Baxter will embark on a series of tour dates this summer and fall, including a series of dates supporting Grace Potter as well as headlining shows in NYC and L.A. See below for more details.
Recorded in Nashville, the 11-track album was produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs) and Eric Masse (Andrew Combs, Robert Ellis) and features Bucky Baxter on pedal steel as well as Jessie Baylin, Isaaca Byrd (MYZICA), Mikky Ekko, Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Steelism) and Matt Vazquez (Delta Sprit) on background vocals.
Of the album, Baxter comments, “To me, Imaginary Man is an audible record of my journey down the bright blue river of imagination. It is a multicolored dream of song, a sonic birdbath if you may. The sounds and songs are as visual as they are tactile and it shows a bit more of who I have become as an artist, as continual and never ending as that process is.”
Imaginary Man follows Baxter’s highly praised debut feathers & fish Hooks, which was released in 2012. Since then, Baxter has toured alongside Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kacey Musgraves, The Head and the Heart, Shakey Graves, Boz Scaggs and Tedeschi Trucks Band, among many others.
IMAGINARY MAN TRACK LISTING
1. Mr. Rodriguez
2. Oh My Captain
3. Mother Mother
4. Yellow Eyes
5. Rugged Lovers
6. Young Man
7. All In My Head
8. Freakin Me Out
9. Memories Of Old Hickory
10. Your Love
11. Lady Of The Desert
RAYLAND BAXTER CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
July 22—Durham, NC—Motorco
July 23—Wilmington, NC—Bourgie Nights
July 24 & 25—Floyd, VA—Floydfest
July 26—Camden, NJ—XPoNential Music Festival
July 27—New York, NY—Rockwood Music Hall
July 28—Boston, MA—Atwoods Tavern
July 30—Washington, DC—The Hamilton
July 31—Pittsburgh, PA—SPIRIT
August 1—Dearborn, MI—Fair Lane Folk Festival
August 4—Park City, UT—Dear Valley Amphitheater*
August 6—Boulder, CO—Triple A Radio Conference
August 6—Denver, CO—Lost Lake Lounge
August 7—Santa Fe, NM—Lensic Performing Arts Center*
August 8—Phoenix, AZ—Celebrity Theatre*
August 9—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre*
August 11—Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Cafe
August 13 & 14—Hollywood, CA—The Fonda Theatre*
August 15—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater*
September 26—New Orleans, LA—The Landing Festival
October 2-4—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival
January 6-11—Miami, Belize City, Cozumel—Jam Cruise
*supporting Grace Potter
photo credit: Eric Ryan Anderson

 

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