306 N Houston St
Forth Worth, TX, 76102
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
A gambler of wit, Rob Baird spins lyrical luck in his fourth record,
After All to find out what happens when you go looking for yourself
in someone else. In the 2018 follow-up to his third 2015 record,
Wrong Side of the River, Memphis-bred Baird smashes right into
heartache, chasing losses just to end up winning back the love he
never knew he was looking for.
“For me, until you get your heart broken as an adult, you don’t
really know how to write anything meaningful. You can make it
up...that works for a little while. I’m not saying you have to be
completely unhinged to make music, but I think you do have to
know what it feels like to be completely vulnerable,” explained Baird
of the record. “Every emotion you feel in a breakup -- anger,
anguish, disappointment, lust -- you’ll feel it as you listen.”
Recorded straight to tape, at Battletapes, an East Nashville studio
under the direction of Jeremy Ferguson (Cage The Elephant, Andrew
Combs, Lucie Silvas) -- After All combines the known with the
unknown applying new processes with familiar relationships.
Produced by long time friend and collaborator, Rick Brantley who did
time on Music Row as well as in the trenches with the likes of John
Hiatt and Brandi Clark; Texas-based musicians’ Austin ‘Woodrow’
Morgan and Z Lynch, After All brings together a depth of sound only
musicians playing together for a decade can make. According to
Woodrow: “We’ve gone from hating each other to living together to
playing together so much that we hated each other all over again.
Somewhere along the way we figured out how to grow up and now
after so much time spent talking about it, we have finally made a
Drawing inspiration Lucinda Williams’ tender melodies to the raw
chords of James McMurtry, Rob surrounded himself with the sounds
and souls that have known him best to make his latest album.
Shaped serendipitously and with the help of friends Burleson Smith,
David Beck and Brian Douglas Phillips, the songs were crafted over
a couple years at a kitchen table in Austin.
The material gnaws on the hard truths that heartbreak surfaces.
The title track, “After All,” an ironically light-hearted start for the
relationship roadtrip it confesses. Rob sings of the road less
travelled in “Losing Hands,” admitting you can’t be made whole
when your down this low. With the song, “Devil Woman Blues,” Rob
illustrates a series of seductive vignettes that tackle faded dreams
of innocence. “Greedy Eyes” alludes to the infallible realities that
come with making promises no man can keep. In “I Tried,” Baird
takes you on a haunting journey of the self-realization that comes
when you’ve risked everything and put too much of you into us. To
wrap up the record, “Best That I Was” intentionally drags out
closure to the relationship rollercoaster you’ve been on. The entire
record is like a handshake with heartache that ends in a hopeful
goodbye bringing warmth to a cold shoulder lover.
“It’s my fourth record and after ten years of recording I have --
through luck and shear persistence, surrounded myself with the
right people. It’s these people, living these songs with me one-by-
one, note-by-note. These people living this album with me that have
brought an honesty I wouldn’t have found on my own.”
The more you listen to After All, the more you hear the depth of
gray that lies between the black and white lines of love, “thank god
I got out of my own way and back to my roots,” shares Baird.
Throughout the last decade playing and writing songs, Rob’s
mastered the art of skating as close to the truth as you can without
sinking the ship. It’s hard to make an album come alive with each
listen and Rob’s done just that with After All -- and not by mistake.
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