Rayland Baxter is a gentleman, a singer of song, a teller of tale, a picker of strings, a thinker of things. Born in the untamed hills of Bon Aqua, Tennessee, he tells a story unlike any other, a story that is true and full of unravelling emotion.
RAYLAND BAXTER’S IMAGINARY MAN OUT NOW ON ATO RECORDS
ALBUM RECEIVES PRAISE FROM NPR’S “WEEKEND EDITION SATURDAY,” THE NEW YORK TIMES, GQ, STEREOGUM, ETC.
“A beautiful storyteller and singer…someone I think we’re going to hear from a lot.” — NPR Music
“Baxter has a particular grasp for how even the most background of beats shape a song, and his work has the unique power of sounding unusual and familiar all at once.” —Rolling Stone Country
Released to widespread critical attention, Stereogum proclaims, “…this record is choose-your-own-adventure indie-country-bliss…On Imaginary Man, Baxter proves that Nashville sensibilities can work like a prism: filtering indie, pop, outlaw and gospel into the musical ethos of a single man. One thing’s for sure, he’s got a hell of an imagination,” while The New York Times praises, “Nashville may be the capital of country music, but it’s also seen its share of top rock acts, including Jack White’s Raconteurs, Kings of Leon and Paramore. Rayland Baxter sits between those two worlds, as evidenced on his second full-length release. On this album, Rayland builds melodies with lush guitars, keyboards and harmonies far closer to the Shins than Blake Shelton.” Moreover, of “Yellow Eyes,” NPR Music’s Ann Powers asserts, “Yellow Eyes” comes pretty darn close to such perfection,” while GQ calls the album track “Young Man,” “The Best Song From Fashion Week.”
Imaginary Man follows Baxter’s highly praised debut feathers & fishHooks, which was released in 2012. Since then, Baxter has toured alongside Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kacey Musgraves, The Head and the Heart, Shakey Graves, Amos Lee, Boz Scaggs and Tedeschi Trucks Band, among many others.