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James Lee Baker


  1. 1.
    Santa Barbara
  2. 2.
    18-Wheeler (I'm Coming Home)
  3. 3.
    Two Cageless Birds
  4. 4.
    100 Summers
  5. 5.
    Misinterpreting the Angels
With his stunning new album 100 Summers, James Lee Baker reaffirms the fact that he’s one of the most gifted singers and songwriters on Americana’s musical horizons.
Recorded in one-take recordings at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberly, Texas, 100 Summers finds Baker working with an exceptional group of collaborators — among them, Chris Bell (the man behind the boards for the Eagles, Don Henley and Christopher Cross), Doug Pettibone (John Mayer, Jewel, Lucinda Williams), Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen, Eric Johnson), Paul Simon’s Grammy winning accompanist Joel Guzman, Americana Songwriter of the Year nominee Mark Erelli, and Laurie MacAllister from the famed folk group Red Molly.
Indeed, his efforts paid off. Brandishing an easy and accessible folk-rock sound, Baker traces echoes of Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Browne, Tom Rush, and any number of other tenured balladeers whose narratives found a universal bond. Not surprisingly then, the album’s flush with soothing melodies — the title track, “Misinterpreting the Angels,” “Wipe the Dust Off Your Bellows,” and “Returning to Paris,” among the many — and melodies so soothing and stirring, they find calm even in the midst of confusion.
At the same time, the message that accompanies the music rings with reassurance and resolve, stocked with emotions that strike a universal chord. It’s poetry at its purest — tender, touching and flush with sweetness, sadness and sentiment in equal measure.
— Lee Zimmerman


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