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Rayland Baxter

Wide Awake

ato records


Released: 13th Jul 2018


orange lp + download

Released: 13th Jul 2018


baxter has created a record brimming with sunshine, reminiscent of the great songwriters of the 60s.

the record was produced by Butch Walker and features Walker himself on bass, Cage The Elephant’s Nick Bockrath on guitar, Dr. Dog’s Erick Slick on drums and piano wizard Aaron Embry (Elliott Smith, Brian Eno) on keys. Rayland’s father Bucky Baxter contributes pedal steel, as does original Nashville Cat Lloyd Green. ‘Wide Awake’ runs the gamut from intensely personal to cutting social satire. Album opener ‘Strange American Dream’ was written around the time of the 2016 election and takes a hard look at the country’s values, while ‘79 Shiny Revolvers’ skewers our national fixation with guns.

Wide Awake


  1. Strange American Dream
  2. Casanova
  3. Angeline
  4. 79 Shiny Revolvers
  5. Amelia Baker
  6. Without Me
  7. Hey Larocco
  8. Sandra Monica
  9. Everything To Me
  10. Let It All Go Man