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Rob Baird is done looking in the rearview. The Memphis-born musician had enough of being conceptualized, packed a bag and said no thanks. I had no interest in competing with the country-pop stars and trying to dance around, says Baird, who left Nashville in the dust, booked a one-way-ticket to Austin and rediscovered his passion for intimate, no-frills songwriting. Working alongside producer Brian Phillips (David Ramirez, Penny + Sparrow), hes crafted his most accomplished work yet: Wrong Side of The River, a 10-track gut punch of blues-drenched, storyteller-crisp autobiography derived from chasing miles of dreams.On Wrong Side, Baird pries open an emotional well thats long been kept tightly lidded. Finally freed of creative constraints, the singer-songwriter channels his longtime musical influences: the Stax-era soul seeping from the Memphis streets of his youth; those blues melodies he remembers hearing when he skipped study hall to see world-weathered bluesmen perform. I let my guard down and let what was naturally there shine, he says, referencing a spellbinding string of songs that ultimately tell Bairds personal story through 10 tracks.The album is about being in the wrong place and knowing that you need to figure out a way to get to the other side, Baird says. I moved to Tennessee after living in Texas for 8 years, and after about a year I knew it was time to go back to Texas. These feelings became the base -- Sometimes you got to fight tooth and nail through the darkness to find the light.Baird hit the road, and miles of his reflection is found slashing from the bluesy, Jack White-influenced title track to the sweeping, organ-aided Jackson Browne rocker Mercy Me; the sentimental back-porch ballad, Run of Good Luck, and the cannon-shot stomp of a blues-rocker, Aint Nobody Got A Hold On Me. I wanted to set the tone that this album is a little different, he explains of the opening cut. Its got that driving force, and nobody can stop me from finding home.Working
  • Start:January 13, 2018
  • End:January 13, 2018
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  • Where:Antone's, 213 West Fifth Street, Austin, Texas, United States, 78701
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  • Event Type: Concerts & Music
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