Rayland Baxter Announces Mac Miller Tribute EP Out July 26
ANNOUNCES MAC MILLER TRIBUTE EP
OUT JULY 26
Rayland Baxter covering Mac Miller can seem incongruous at first. The eclectic Nashville singer-songwriter appears to inhabit an entirely different sphere from the hip hop sensation. Baxter first discovered Miller in 2016 at Okeechobee Music Festival, where both artists performed. After his set, Baxter wandered around the festival grounds and he stumbled upon Miller’s set. Baxter was instantly captivated and felt an overwhelming connection to the music.
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As time passed, Baxter became more enchanted by Miller; by his lyrics, his musicality and most of all, his approach to and through life. Miller’s uncanny knack for exploring deeply universal human themes, turning the mundane realities of everyday life into profoundly honest observations resonated with Baxter, as it did a global audience also struggling with common issues of love, depression, addiction and optimism. Although the two never met, Baxter was deeply inspired by Miller’s music and frequently cited Miller as one of the major inspirations on Baxter’s latest album, 2018’s critically acclaimed Wide Awake.
On good mmornin, Baxter covers 7 of his favorite Mac Miller tracks – expanding on Mac’s incorporation of jazz, R&B and funk, and adding his own folk and Americana influences. Baxter brought some of his favorite friends and musicians into the studio with him to help record, including keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Embry (Elliott Smith, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), drummer Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), and his own father, famed pedal steel guitarist Bucky Baxter (Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, R.E.M.).
Proceeds from the EP will be donated to MusiCares’ Mac Miller Legacy Fund, which aims to help young adults struggling with substance abuse. More info on the Mac Miller Legacy Fund is available here.
The EP is now available for pre-order here.
1) Objects In The Mirror
3) Small Worlds
5) Brand Name
7) Come Back To Earth
See Rayland Baxter on tour in 2019:
June 28th – Saint Fransicville, MO @ Angad Arts Hotel Rooftop
July 3rd – Charlotte, NC @ 4th of July Celebration
July 5th – Telluride, CO @ Sheridan Opera House
July 7th – Copper Mountain, CO @ 10 Barrel Outdoor Lounge
July 11th – Ann Arbor, MI @ Sonic Lunch
July 12th – Snowshow, WV @ 4848 Festival
July 13th – Winnipeg, Canada @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 14th – Winnipeg, Canada @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 26th – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
July 27th – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
August 2nd – Kaufbeuren, Germany @ Art & Vielfalt Festival
August 4th – Luhmühlen, Germany @ A Summers Tale
August 5th – Leipzig, Germany @ Tãubchenthal
August 7th – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget festekbolt
August 8th – Winterthur, Switzerland @ Winterthurer Musikfestwoochen
August 9th – Rees-haldern, Germany @ Haldern Pop Festival
August 11th – Newquay, United Kingdom @ Boardmasters Festival
August 31st – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
September 7th – Chattanooga, TN @ Moon River Festival
September 14th – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 21nd – East Aurora, NY @ Borderland Music Festival
September 22nd – Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Festival
September 27th – Arnoldsville, GA @ Wildwood Revival
October 5th – Charleston, SC @ Into The Woods
October 12th – Mount Vernon, KY @ Moonshiner’s Ball