Monday, 3 June 2019

Top 5 iTunes Singer-Songwriter James Lee Baker Releases New Single/Lyric Video "The First Time"

"James Lee Baker is the perfect fusion of California's easygoingness, Coloradan singer/songwriter grit, British rebelliousness, and Canadian endurance." - Indie Band Guru

"One of the most engaging listening experiences of the decade" - Skope Magazine

With the release of his current album, "Home Again," James Lee Baker entered the folk/country music consciousness on a national and international level. His first single, "Cowtown Blues" reached the Top 15 contemporary folk airplay charts. The follow-up, "Disappear for the Weekend" raced into the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Songs sales charts, also receiving radio airplay charting. This success lead to Baker being included as an Emerging Artist in Billboard Magazine.

Building on that foundation, Baker is releasing his third single from the critically acclaimed "Home Again" collection. "The First Time" is being released to radio this week.

"The First Time' is a song I wrote about youth and the fleeting, one-way nature of time," says Baker. "It is the one-on-one conversation with my past self, where I try to explain the value of first-time experiences and the necessity for taking chances."

A classically trained musician, James Lee Baker fuses influences from acoustic singer-songwriters like David Mead, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bob Dylan, and Slaid Cleaves. He embraces open tunings to create an unconventional but welcoming sound and timbre to his playing. Trained briefly by Richard Gilewitz, a renowned fingerstyle guitar player, James Lee's fingerstyle guitar playing is rich and melodic, pulling listeners into memorable motifs and atmospheres. In 2017, James Lee Baker released a Texas-inspired full-length project called "Home Again," a Country-flavored Americana album, rich with instrumentation like dobro, lap steel, fiddle, and harmonica. In March, he released an EP of Folk/Americana songs called "The Canadian River." The single of the same title placed #23 on the FolkDJ radio charts in April of 2018, and the song "Two Cageless Birds" went on to be selected for the John O'Hara Songwriting Performance Grant.