Touring hard on the road is nothing new for Rayland Baxter, but for him, it’s in isolation where he finds the most inspiration for his music. His prescription: a self-imposed migration into an abandoned rubber factory in Franklin, Kentucky, where he would spend his nights writing to the sounds of animals, nature, and the occasional electronic stimuli.
The product of this 3-month writing sabbatical, Wide Awake, is the culmination of a deep introspection projected for further outward understanding. The inherent balance of the project and lyrical content speak to the sort of nirvana gained from newfound insight – with everything in peripheries fully becoming clear with laidback riffs and flows evocative of Sgt. Pepper’s-era Beatles to boot.
Want to check out Baxter’s work firsthand? We’re giving away a copy of the record on vinyl, a signed postcard and tickets to his upcoming show this Tuesday, July 24th at the Adelaide Hall in Toronto. Enter this contest below for a chance to win.