James Lee Baker
James Lee Baker is a bonafide, born and raised, Texas troubadour. Receiving critical acclaim from around the country, Baker is an emerging artist in the Folk and Americana musicscape. He is known for his clear, expressive and soaring voice, eloquent and tasteful fingerstyle guitar playing, and relatable lyrics steeped in stories of the heartland. "Disappear for the Weekend" was chosen for the TCMA's "Best Texas Country Picks" compilation album and the song "Two Cageless Birds" was awarded the John O'Hara Singer-Songwriter Performance Grant. His songs have appeared on several music charts including the FolkDJ Radio, the Airplay Today Top 100 Country/Americana, and The Roots Music Report Top 15 Contemporary Folk charts. James has also shared the stage with several renowned Folk artists like Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert. In March of 2019, James was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Al Johnson Songwriting Contest at the Wildflower Music Festival in Texas. James Lee Baker will be featured on That Summer, Volume 2 , a sizzling summer compilation album hosting the best independent artists, from around the world, in multiple genres
1. What is the name of the song you have featured on ‘That Summer, Volume 2’ - How does your song remind you of summer or how does it fit into a summer album?
The song is called "Disappear for the Weekend". It reminds me of summer in California - the open wineries, the beaches, the roadside fruit stands, the food truck parties, and music festivals. There are so many cool things to do in CA in the summer!
2. What is the inspiration behind your song? Or what is your song about?
I was inspired from the weekend trips my wife and I would take around California on the weekends. I also wanted to write an upbeat tune about the getaway experience.
3. How did you write your featured song? Or can you describe your songwriting process?
I typically start with the lyrics of a song and build the narrative, then tack on the music to fit.
4. Of every song you have ever written, what is your favorite and why?
I really enjoy another California-inspired song called "Santa Barbara". I spent time doing research on the history of the city to build the story, which was both fun and educating. You can find me playing this unreleased tune on my YouTube channel.
5. Who or what has inspired you most in your music career?
I'm inspired by those around me who are putting out humbling music. It keeps me on my toes!
6. Tell us where you live and what the music scene is like there?
I spend most of my time in Texas. The music scene in cities like Austin and Dallas is strong and fun to be involved in with lots of talented people!
7. Do you have any advice for new independent artists who are just starting out?
Keep your chin up, be open to constructive feedback, and work hard and you'll make progress. It really is about the journey, not the destination.
8. What are your plans for the summer? Doing anything fun and exciting?
I'm working on a new music video that will come out in June as well as continuing to write and record an upcoming album in Austin and Denver.
9. What’s coming up in the future
Expect a music video this summer followed by a single. I'll be putting out a new album in early 2020.
10. Tell us where fans can access your music.