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James Lee Baker releases new album

By Sarah Bennett - | Sep 1, 2020

Nashville, TN –There’s something to be said about the ingenuity it takes to put a group of great musicians together in a great room to record great songs and having them all coming together in one take.

Undoubtedly, James Lee Baker has just pulled it off. Coming as no surprise to Baker’s existing fans – No Depression once said, “to call him anything other than brilliant would be criminal” – his new album 100 Summers accomplished this feat with graceful execution and the backbone of timeless songs and stories.

Out everywhere September 4th, 100 Summers is an eleven-song collection of soothing folk-song melodies that circle around a centralized theme; that of personal transformation.

Recorded in one-take recordings at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberly, Texas, 100 Summers finds Baker working with an exceptional group of collaborators – among them, Chris Bell (the man behind the boards for the Eagles, Don Henley and Christopher Cross), Doug Pettibone (John Mayer, Jewel, Lucinda Williams), Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen, Eric Johnson), Paul Simon’s Grammy-winning accompanist Joel Guzman, Americana Songwriter of the Year nominee Mark Erelli, and Laurie MacAllister from the famed folk group Red Molly.

“I elected to record at the most appropriate studio I could find, with the best session players I could afford and the right engineers for the genre,” Baker reflects. “I aimed to give this everything I had in hopes that people who are seeking it can receive it.”

On the whole, 100 Summers reflects a noble effort in Baker’s ongoing quest to put pen to paper to song to microphone in a way that not only relates to his life experience but, universally, the lives of anyone who might listen. With his shimmering 100 Summers, that quest continues.

All things James Lee Baker can be found at https://www.jamesleebaker.com/

More About James Lee Baker:

In 2019 alone, James Lee Baker scored a number of honors from several prestigious competitions. Two of his songs’î“Returning to Paris” and “The Last Cowboy in Hutchinson County”‘îqualified him as a finalist in The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artists Contest. Those same two songs also found him a finalist in the Wildflower! festival as well. In addition, he was named a semi-finalist for the Unsigned Only songwriting contest. He also qualified as a 2019 Official Showcase Artist at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA). He toured extensively over the past two years, playing stages throughout the Southwest while opening for singer/songwriters Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert and becoming an established presence in the Folk Alliance community.

Baker’s 2017 LP Home Again charted in several folk and roots-oriented publications, garnering over 400,000 streams on Soundcloud and Spotify. That led to a number of enthusiastic accolades from several industry journals, music publications, and radio programmers. Billboard cited him as an Emerging Artist to watch.