James Lee Baker is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His songs are crafted from exposure to many genres of music throughout the course of his life. Raised in a musical family, he began some form of music education at an early age, attending music camps in the summer and competing in vocal competitions throughout middle and high school.
A classically trained musician, Baker fuses influences from pop singer-songwriters like David Mead and contemporary folk artists like Ellis Paul and Slaid Cleaves. He embraces open tunings to create an unconventional but welcoming sound and timbre to his playing. Trained briefly by Richard Gilewitz, a renowned fingerstyle guitar player, James Lee’s fingerstyle guitar playing is rich and melodic, pulling listeners into memorable motifs and atmospheres.
A self-proclaimed audiophile and music aficionado, Baker indulges in influences from many genres like Classic Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, IDM, Ambient, Chillwave, and more. His primary influences as a songwriter are folk artists like Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Patty Griffin, and Slaid Cleaves, contemporary artists like Jakob Dylan, David Mead, David Gray, Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes, and Matt Nathanson.
In 2017, Baker released a Texas-inspired full-length project called Home Again. Harnessing his experience in technology, Baker recruited talented studio session musicians using the new platform Fiverr.com, accessing performers from Los Angeles, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Denver. Home Again is a Country-flavored Americana album, rich with instrumentation like dobro, lap steel, fiddle, and harmonica.
James has played at several prominent venues including the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, The Fox Theater in Boulder, and Swallow Hill and The Walnut Room in Denver.
“Songs with clear intention, fingers with six-string skills, a voice that lifts the heavens, this man can give you chills.”
— Ellis Paul
"Baker's phrasing paired with the sparse arrangements captivate the listener. The title track -- Baker's homage to the purifying qualities of nature -- is a delight."
— John Sillberg (CKOL - Campbellford, Ontario)
"Baker's song's pay attention to the oft-unnoticed details that make up a story. Well written songs with tight yet spare arrangements and vocals, this is someone going places."
— Bill Revill (WESU - Middletown, CT)
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