209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is 18 and over
Over the last three decades, singer, songwriter and guitarist Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, Louris is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota's teaming rock scene.
Gary began his recording career with the fabled Minneapolis indie combo Safety Last before co-founding the Jayhawks with Mark Olson, who in their initial two- decade career rose from their indie roots to international prominence. Concurrent with his time in the Jayhawks, Louris was a charter member of the part-time alt-rock supergroup Golden Smog, which at various times also included members of Soul Asylum, Wilco, the Replacements and Big Star.
Along the way he also found time to lend his writing, performing and production talents to albums by acts as diverse as the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks, Counting Crows, Joe Henry, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Roger McGuinn, Maria McKee, Nickel Creek, Carrie Rodriguez, Tift Merritt, the Sadies, and the Wallflowers.
Most recently, following his first-ever solo album (Vagabonds in 2008) and a duo album with his former Jayhawks partner Olson (2009's Ready For The Flood), the two reconvened the classic Jayhawks lineup for a new record and tour. The resulting album, Mockingbird Time, marked a well-received return to the group's trademark blend of dustblown harmonies and pop sensibility, and they relished the opportunity to introduce their timeless catalog to new audiences around the world.
Now embarking on his first solo endeavors since reassembling the band, Gary looks forward to showcasing songs spanning his entire 30-year career in select venues this fall.
If you listen closely, you can hear a heartbeat in the songs of Erick Baker. A warm familiar pulse of love and loss echoing from somewhere just under the surface. Written with unguarded lyrical honesty, Erick's songs are passionate confessions that reflect many of our own deeply rooted emotions and secrets.
Since releasing his debut EP, It's Getting Too Late To Say It's Early, in 2008, Erick's powerful voice and deeply personal songwriting style have led listeners through music rich with themes central to the emotional cornerstones of their lives. And recently, the message of Erick's music has quickly started to spread.
This medley of heartfelt insight, accentuated by strong melodic hooks and emotive vocals, drives Erick's second full-length album, Goodbye June. Produced by Ken Coomer, (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), Goodbye June skillfully blends a divergent set of influences – rock, pop, soul, blues, country, and folk – into one seamless, signature sound that defines Erick's distinctive voice.
"These songs belong to the lonely nights of my past and the many blessings of my present," he says. "They reflect the pieces of poetry that lie in the little details of everyday life." As a result, the authenticity of Erick's music is universally appealing. Uniting fans across lines of age, lifestyle and musical taste, Erick's music, once heard, simply can't be ignored.
"In Love With A Lie", the opening track on Goodbye June, is a powerful example of what Baker can accomplish through song. Amidst the anger, regret, and pain of loving the person that just doesn't deserve it, comes an aching melody that echoes despair. Yet, the song offers hope. And by the end, the listener can't help but stomp their foot with the hard-earned strength and resolve found through surviving heartbreak.
" I understand/But there's nothing I can do/Even though it burns me/I'm drawn to the flame in you/I know that I'll take you back/A second chance for me to make/ All of the same mistakes.....I'm on my knees/Cause I can't stand alone/The mind can't change/What the heart controls....My love has left me here blinded/And my love has locked all the doors/But I believe the truth will set me free/To say goodbye/Cause I'm in love with a lie"
In anticipation of the upcoming spring release (2012) of Goodbye June, Erick has been garnering attention and gaining fans across the globe. WFIV (AAA) programmer and long-time Baker supporter, Joe Stutler, is already playing two tracks from the upcoming album, and says of Erick's music , "Goodbye June is a dramatic step forward that's looking ahead to something new. 'In Love with a Lie' has a feel that gets into your head and you can't get it out". In addition to steady touring, Erick has made recent stops at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC and a New Year's eve show for the US troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His well received performance in Cuba has also led to confirmed tours in Europe and Asia upcoming later this year.
Asheville's Mountain Xpress writes that Erick "perform[s] with absolute sincerity and enthusiasm... his acoustic guitar serving as rhythm and background to the swell of his voice — a smoke and whiskey tenor with plenty of range and emotion."
Astonishingly, it wasn't until after college graduation that Erick, a small town Tennessee native, first picked up a guitar. In the smoky corners of Knoxville's pub and bar scene, Erick taught himself to play and sing. His talent became quickly evident, and he soon found himself opening for John Legend. Since, Erick has been invited to perform with an impressive array artists, including James Blunt, Gavin Degraw, Edwin McCain, the Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlisle and Heart.
There is an underlying heartbeat in the songs of Erick Baker, and it is quickly growing stronger. Listen closely....can you feel it?
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