Recently, I found somebody new I really like. His name is Sam Baker. Before you read any further, if you like Toby Keith, Big & Rich or Sugarland, hit delete now. This guy is not for you.
Sam Baker is a talented singer songwriter who lives in Austin, Texas. He has a very interesting personal history. Sam was traveling in Peru in 1986 on a train that was bombed by radicals. He was very badly hurt and lost some of his hearing and part of the fingers on one hand. After a series of operations and rehabilitation, he was able to play again.
Sam sings with a gruff, almost spoken word voice. His songs are simple, yet filled with stories of people who reflect a wide range of real life experiences. Part Townes Van Zandt with a little Robert Earl Keen mixed with John Prine, the songs have great words and images. With minimal guitar backing, he tells great stories with very few words. It is unlike anything I have ever heard before.
If you are ready for something different and exciting, pick up Pretty World. Available at Amazon and on iTunes.