Julien Baker

S&S Presents

Sold Out: Julien Baker

Luray

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

7:00 pm

Kilby Court

$16 ADV / $18 DOS

Julien Baker
Julien Baker
Sometimes, things just seem to happen for a reason. The pieces fall into place in unexpected ways, and life takes a turn no one could have predicted. This rings strikingly true for the solo career of Memphis, Tennessee's Julien Baker.

For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life (she turns 20 this fall). Tales of her experiences are staggering, and when set to her haunting guitar playing, the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There's something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.

At the prompting of a friend, Baker ventured to Richmond, Virginia to record a number of her new songs at Spacebomb Studios. The tracks from this session were circulated among Baker's friends, meeting high praise and lots of encouragement for the songs to see a proper release. Soon, she found a home on 6131 Records' increasingly diverse roster, and plans were made to release her debut full length, 'Sprained Ankle.'

To call 'Sprained Ankle' a happy accident would be misleading as to the nature of these poignant, emotive songs. Yet no one, least of all Baker, could have predicted she'd be releasing an album, especially as a solo artist. Thankfully, now the world will be able to share in her passion and sorrow.
Luray
Luray
Luray creates strange and lovely bedfellows of sound – banjos, vibes, mbira, and ambient vocals make up this once bluegrass-picking songwriter's newly roused approach to making music. The end result is somewhere between the likes of Iron & Wine and Emmylou Harris. Luray's debut album 'The Wilder' was called "beautifully lush" by Bob Boilen of NPR. Led by banjo player and singer/songwriter Shannon Carey, the album was produced with help from brother Sean Carey of S. Carey and Bon Iver. Since recording the album in Sean's attic, the band has taken on new life and sound, including Richmond-based jazz musicians Brian Cruse on bass, CJ Wolfe on drums, and Scott Burton on guitar.

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Venue Information:
Kilby Court
741 Kilby Court
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
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