ANDY BAKER (PART 1): PUBLISHED ON PRX 8 / 21 / 2020 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by:
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Beyond a Song host Rich Reardin interviews Michigan singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Andy Baker.
Michigan singer/songwriter Andy Baker
has spent a lifetime peering through microscopes. As a veterinarian, it’s a necessary skill…searching for small clues in order to grasp the bigger picture. Pretty handy tool for a songwriter too. In fact, Andy has spent a great deal of his life with his own lens turned inward…and outward…resulting in a pondering writing style that moves with a purposeful stride, a playful heart, and a hopeful eye to the horizon.
Three decades of crafting songs have resulted in four studio albums, with nods to his many influences including Counting Crows, James Taylor, Ryan Adams, and the Indigo Girls. His 2010 release “Down” garnered multiple awards from the Great Lakes Songwriting Competition, and songs from his 2017 album “One Fine Day” landed him a coveted finalist spot at the Kerrville Newfolk Songwriting Competition.
For his 2020 album “North Country Sky”, Andy teamed up with award winning producer Ian Gorman and an all star cast of Michigan bandmates to create a sonic landscape as rich and varied as the northern seasons. But his colorful characters and dirt road story lines remain front and center. His voice, which has drawn comparisons to the likes of Jackson Browne, moves easily from the soft sci-fi ballad of “Love & Gravity” to the alt country anthem “Next Right Thing”, to the raucous gritty “Fixer Upper Blues”. Jon Stein of Hootenanny Cafe writes “From the first note of the first song to the last note of the last song, North Country Sky is nothing less than brilliant. His tunes will compel the listener to keep listening...and then after the last note of the last song, wanting more! I can't wait for Andy Baker's next album.”
Andy’s love for his day job and family life keep him deeply rooted in his tiny rural town of Gobles, Mi…but when he gets to hit the road he does so with a glint in his eye, a tap in his step, and a trunk full of instruments. A long time multi-instrumentalist, Andy’s live shows feature a mesmerizing rotation of songs played on guitar, bouzouki, dobro, and even bass. Jim Bizer of MAMA’S Coffee House says “Andy’s an engaging performer…well crafted tunes, slices of life from touching story songs to hilarious sends, performed on a variety of stringed instruments. A real pleasure!”
Musical selections include: Sixteen, Fall To Pieces, Self Help Blues, Next Right Thing, Finish Line, One Fine Day, Second Wind
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