NASHVILLE, TN — Rayland Baxter is a rare force in songwriting; an artist with the complete tool kit. Son of Nashville pedal steel player Bucky Baxter – who while Rayland was young played on such seminal rock albums as R.E.M.’s Green and Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind – he has shimmering earworms in his DNA. He’s a sharp and incisive lyricist. Holed up in an old rubber factory turned recording studio in Franklin, Kentucky, he communed with the corn fields for two months during the 2016 election and turned out an album of folk-rock gems that captured the surrealness of the political moment, delivered with the wit and distance required to avoid preaching. He writes shattering introspective love songs and hazy Harry Nillson-esque song gems that are weird and funny and melodic. Always melodic. And did I mention, he’s his own lead guitarist. In live performances, the man rips his perfect pop songs at the seems, devolving into feedback-soaked jams and explorations. He can absolutely shred.
In short, he’s one of the finest young songwriters in America today, and we’re beyond thrilled to play host to him at Rockcastle Riverside this October.