"Simultaneously beautiful and broken…Sam Baker is an artist worth waiting for" - NPR All Things Considered
"The Bard of the Workaday World" - Wall Street Journal
"Maybe the most captivating songwriter in America." - Lone Star Music
"Sam Baker is an island of warmth and hope in dangerous times." - Neon Filler
Go in Peace - A Message for our Times
An excerpt from a magic night in Hood River, Oregon January 4, 2020 with Mark Steighner and The Gorge Sinfonietta.
Praise for the new release Horses and Stars:
Sam isn't a singer, so much as a storyteller; that is his charm and his magic. - Helen Mitchell, FATEA
The Texas troubadour delivers a storytelling masterclass
Coming 15 years after his debut album, ‘Mercy’, Sam Baker has released his first live album and ‘Horses and Stars’ is a corker of a record that captures everything that is great about his live performances.
- Jim Finnie, Americana - UK
If you like your music with grit in its belly and a cast of characters to match any backstreet boozer, this might be the introduction you’ve been looking for.
Give Sam Baker a listen. - T. Bebedor, Dancing About Architecture
one of the greatest Texan storytellers - Remo Ricaldone, Lonestar Time
This is one of the most remarkable albums we’ve had in some time. Baker half sings and half talks and plays gentle electric guitar, but his songs tell a powerful story of normal folk and it has a real power.
- The Chronicle Series
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All photos by T. Yancer
Sam Baker is a lyric writer, artist, and survivor. His songs are stories of everyday people facing everyday challenges: a young Mennonite welder who finds love, a ditch digger supporting his family, a veteran grappling with post-war life, a single mother driving around with a car full of baby junk, a widower writing ‘her’ name in the sand, and a straight-haired orphan in a house full of curls. They are survivors. Like Sam.
In 1986 Sam was on a train for Machu Picchu when a bomb exploded in the carriage he was riding in. Seven died. Through a series of miracles, and the help of everyday people doing their best--his angels--he survived.
Physical recovery was hard. Emotional recovery harder. Melody came to him--compelled him to turn an old guitar upside down so his gnarled hands could play. Slowly, the words came--one true line--“Sitting on the train to Machu Picchu, the passenger car explodes.” He made a record. Then another. There were glowing reviews, more records, awards in Rolling Stone; sold-out shows in Europe, Canada, and the US; songs in TV shows; and an hour with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Sam was a singer.
Sam uses his art to tell his story--whether from a symphony in Oregon, an art gallery in Santa Fe, a large theater in Kansas City, a small room in The Netherlands, or a song-writer retreat with soldiers. He travels the world sharing his songs, grateful for each day, helping us see the beauty in little things and hope for things to come.