Rayland Baxter weaves an intricate web of music consisting of texture, emotion, honesty, heartbreaking melodies and lyrics that cut to the bone.
I decided to feature the 27 year old Nashville based singer / songwriter on guitar-muse.com because he’s got one thing down pat that all of us guitarists are interested in – songwriting.
Rayland spent his childhood learning about music and the business it runs by watching his father, Bucky Baxter play with the likes of Steve Earle and Bob Dylan. Bucky toured with Dylan for over seven years.
When I saw Rayland play live opening for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, I was struck by how impressively comparable Rayland’s music was to Dylan’s as far as the songwriting mastery and the raw cutting vibe. Add to that Rayland’s own texture and flavor and you’ve got something you’ve never heard the likes of before, yet it’s as comfortable as talking to an old friend.
The guitar work ranges from folk to straight blues, to country – and it’s all full of emotion.
We’ll show you a few videos here, but be sure to check out his site and remember this name – Rayland Baxter – I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more from this talented artist.
The first – “I Do Bad Things”
My personal favorite – this song is absolutely haunting.
“The Woman For Me”
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