Band: RayLand Baxter and Oh, Jeremiah
Date: Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St.,
Tickets: $20 (limited number) available at Callaghan’s
With performances from Justin Townes Earle, Caleb Caudle and John Moreland, Callaghan’s continues to establish itself as one of the Southeast’s premiere venues for singer-songwriters. It upholds its reputation with an upcoming performance from RayLand Baxter. Before Baxter takes the stage to perform cuts from his latest album, Oh, Jeremiah will lay the foundation for the evening.
Hailing from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jeremiah Stricklin has acquainted locals with his handcrafted music. In 2014, he released Oh, Jeremiah’s latest effort, “Our Very Own Kingdom,” which has been touted as “an ambitious EP inspired by monsters, wild animals and tales of redemption.” Oh, Jeremiah succeed in expertly melding rock and folk. The album is driven by acoustic guitar, with depth provided by versatile instrumentation and beautiful harmonies.
When Baxter takes the stage, he will introduce “Imaginary Man,” the title of his latest album. Baxter took a literary approach with it, mingling truth and fiction. During its creation, he imagined himself in various situations, such as walking with folk legend Sixto Rodriguez through Detroit on the opening track “Mr. Rodriguez.” Using this technique, Baxter is able to insert himself and his audience into the album’s songs. In comparison to his previous work, Baxter opted for more production with “Imaginary Man.” However, it also represents his growth as an artist, as he loses no artistic purity.