15.07.2019 news

Today Rayland Baxter Releases Mac Miller Tribute EP ‘good mmornin’

“Baxter leans into the jazzy, smoldering groove of Miller’s music… accentuating the optimism percolating below the surface” – Rolling Stone

 

“It might seem unexpected on paper, but the covers sound pretty great.” – Brooklyn Vegan

 

Baxter draws out the fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and R&B that underlies Miller’s songs… The sounds illuminate Miller’s influence on Baxter’s original songs” American Songwriter

 

Baxter’s tribute comes from a place of real respect, and sadness at a promising young talent gone far too soon. Baxter’s folk and Americana background melding with Miller’s work that itself drew from jazz and soul makes perfect sense” – Cover Me

 

 

Today Rayland Baxter has released his Mac Miller tribute EP good mmornin digitally including tracks “2009” and “Objects In The Mirror”.

 

For the 7 song EP, Ray brought some of his closest musician friends into the studio, including keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Embry(Elliott Smith, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), drummerEric Slick (Dr. Dog), and his father Bucky Baxter (Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, R.E.M.) on pedal steel. The result is a touching tribute to Mac’s artistry and legacy, showing how his music transcends genre and scene to build connections in unlikely places, inviting listeners to recognize and build deep, human connections.

 

Download Digital Album Here // Pre-Order Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl Here

 

Listen to “2009” Below

 

Rayland saw Mac perform at a festival years ago and fell in love with his songs. 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.

 

Ray is planning to donate a portion of the proceeds of this project to Musicares’ Mac Miller Legacy Fund which is centered on youth with substance abuse issues.

 

Rayland will be touring North America and European festivals extensively this summer and fall. Upcoming highlights include Newport Folk Festival, Xponential, Hardly Strictly (SF), Pilgrimageand Red Rocks.

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