Shares new song, ‘Mr. Rodriguez’
Imaginary Man out 14th August via ATO Records
“A beautiful storyteller and singer…someone I think we’re going to hear
from a lot.” —Bob Boilen, NPR Music
“Songs will absolutely bring you to your knees”—American Songwriter
“Betray the studied, well-worn maturity of a songwriter who has done his fair share of living.” —Interview Magazine
“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.”—Nashville Scene
The song is from Baxter’s anticipated new full-length album, Imaginary Man, which will be released August 14th on ATO Records and is now available for pre-order at iTunes. Each pre-order comes with an instant download of “Mr. Rodriguez” as well as 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.”
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 & fishHooks, 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. In celebration of the new album, Baxter will embark on a series of tour dates this summer and autumn, including an appearance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.