Singer songwriter Erick Baker pens words of wisdom
Sep 23, 2011 at 4:17 AM
Since releasing his debut album, “It’s Getting Too Late To Say It’s Early,” in 2008, Erick Baker’s powerful voice has been heard from his home state of Tennessee all the way across the country while touring with artists like John Legend, James Blunt, Gavin Degraw, the Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlisle and Heart.Baker’s deeply personal songs are a combination of rock, folk, soul, blues and country, sung with aching intensity and haunting lyrical honesty, and are connecting with fans across demographic lines.On stage, the passion of his performance and the weight of his words give his shows the power to open wounds and mend them at the same time.Baker will entertain a local audience on Thursday, Sept. 29, at The Down Home, 300 W. Main St. in Johnson City.Show time is 8 p.m.After graduating from college with a degree in public relations, Baker realized his passion was elsewhere and he eventually returned to school to get his master’s degree in English so he could teach.At the same time, though, Baker, a Knoxville native, was doing open mic night events.It was while performing at one of these events that a promoter from Nashville saw Baker and asked if he would be interested in opening for John Legend.That was four years ago and, today, Baker continues to draw big crowds.Baker just finished recording his second full-length album, “Goodbye June,” produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), which is set for release in early 2012. To find out more about Baker, visit his Web site at erick b aker.com. For ticket information on his performance at The Down Home, visit downhome.com.