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Looking Ahead: Rayland Baxter and Aoife O’Donovan This Week!

September 16, 2013

Two exciting acts are headed to Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center this week. Rayland Baxter plays Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Aoife O’Donovan plays Saturday and Sunday nights.

Rayland Baxter is returning to Charlotte after opening for Boz Scaggs in July. This time, he is headlining his own show and promises an authentic, feel-good sound. Baxter says he has always just let things settle into place naturally. He followed his gut from Tennessee to Colorado to Israel and back again, not knowing that when he returned home he’d have a handful of songs and the knowledge that, at the end of the day, he didn’t want to do anything else but make music. He leads a life without reins, his work always echoing the ease in which it came to be.

“All of my music has come in a very natural way – by following the organic process of life and letting it just happen,” he says. “I jumped my fair share of ships, and the pieces came together slowly, not by study or design.”

The result is a record inspired by a life lived, not one struggling to inspire life.

On “the mtn song” he sings: “Down the mountains and the valleys like the breeze, we’re going where we want to go, doing anything we please.” He’s done just that; writing songs that are reflections of what he’s seen, felt and lived; the metaphors found in the hills, the slow strums born at home but blossomed across the sea.

Check out “Driveway Melody” below!

Aoife O’Donovan brings a different type of sound to Stage Door Theater, but one that had a similar process. Her latest album, appropriately titled “Fossils,” took time to evolve but is now something O’Donovan says just feels natural. Most of her songs are character-driven, and many of them resemble portions of the folk traditions in which she was raised. The second track, “Briar Rose,” for example, is based on an Anne Sexton poem, a recontextualized fairy tale. She will concede that a couple of tracks are somewhat more personal and that she is quite properly proud of “Fossils.”

“This solo album seems like it was a long time coming to me,” she says. “I’ve been thinking about it since I was 18 years old.”

Watch the video for “Red & White & Blue & Gold” here:

It’s not too late to get your tickets for either show! General admission for Rayland Baxter is $15. CLICK HERE to buy tickets now! General admission for Aoife O’Donovan is $25. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

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