Pretty World

Pretty World

by Sam Baker
     
 

With an off-the-cuff style of delivery and lyrics that manage to be both odd and poignant, Sam Baker is a quirky folk singer on Pretty World. One might think of a folk singer like Butch Hancock, though the two have little in common save their idiosyncrasies and the quality of their work. On the opener, "Juarez (A Song to Himself),See more details below

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With an off-the-cuff style of delivery and lyrics that manage to be both odd and poignant, Sam Baker is a quirky folk singer on Pretty World. One might think of a folk singer like Butch Hancock, though the two have little in common save their idiosyncrasies and the quality of their work. On the opener, "Juarez (A Song to Himself)," steel guitar and accordion dominate a spacy arrangement with a bouncy cadence. A string of vignettes are set in a whorehouse and bookended by the catchy though disheartened chorus that calls attention to a singer with "a blue suede cowboy hat": "He sings an old song/A song to himself/He sings waiting round to die." One might catch the reference to Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die," though Baker, unlike Van Zandt, tinges this story-bio with humor. One supposes that referencing a well-known singer also helps place Baker as a later day Texas troubadour, an authentic heir to Van Zandt and Guy Clark. While these are big shoes to fill, Baker writes well, and each song is supported by warm, spare arrangements. "Orphan" and the title cut match the odd ambience of the opener, and both are aided by Marcia Ramirez's harmony. Highlighted by Baker's vocals and wry observations, Pretty World is a solid release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0750532055329
catalogNumber:
5637460527
Rank:
79352

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Baker   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Lloyd Maines   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Gurf Morlix   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Britt Savage   Vocals
Sam Baker   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Spoken Word
Mike Daly   Pedal Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Mickey Grimm   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Tim Lorsch   Mandolin,Violin,Octave Violin,Group Member
Ron de la Vega   Electric Bass,Cello,Upright Bass,Group Member
Bill McDermott   Electric Guitar,Pump Organ
Marcia Ramirez   Vocals
Rick Plant   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Walt Wilkins   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Spoken Word,Group Member
Fats Kaplan   Accordion
Davis Raines   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Tubb   Mastering
Tim Lorsch   Producer
Bill McDermott   Engineer
Walt Wilkins   Producer
Sam Baker   Composer

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