My husband and I have been listening to Rayland Baxter religiously since we first heard him at last summer’s Newport Folk Festival. The Nashville-based roots artist was one of our favorite performers from the weekend, so we’re thrilled to be seeing him again this evening at Atwood’s Tavern in Inman Square, Somerville. Rayland released his premier album feathers & fishHooks in 2012 which made a lasting impression. Last year was his first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival and his performance was nothing short of honestly good and thoroughly enjoyable – with an unassuming improvised song to boot. To know more about the man (such as his wardrobe of choice and his ability to freestyle songs from any given word), check out this rather fun and witty video “Who is Rayland Baxter?”.
This post marks the beginning of a series of sketches I’ll be doing of my favorite artists who performed at last year’s Newport Folk Festival. Hope it will get you all excited for this year’s lineup!