Rayland Baxter

Rayland Baxter

Dirt House

Mon 3/4/19

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$13 ADV/$15 DOS

This event is all ages

Rayland Baxter
Rayland Baxter
Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today, Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit, but ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to writing without interruption or distraction. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced.

“I packed everything in my van and moved to Franklin for three months,” says Baxter. “It was the fist time I ever got to be alone and focus solely on songs like that. All I did was write, write, write all day every day. I was obsessed.”

By the time Baxter emerged, he’d penned more than 50 tunes and crafted a detailed blueprint for his spectacular new album, ‘Wide Awake.’ Deftly produced by Butch Walker, the record infuses Baxter’s easygoing, soulful sound with British Invasion melodies and rock and roll swagger, marrying lean, muscular songwriting with adventurous, inventive arrangements. It’s a cutting, insightful collection, one that takes a sardonic view the violence, greed, and division that seem to define the modern American landscape. Rather than point a finger, though, the music holds up a mirror, offering a sober reflection of the times thoughtfully bundled in bright, infectious hooks. There’s no judgment here, only keen observation, and Baxter implicates himself as much as his neighbor through it all.
Dirt House
Dirt House
Dirt House, an endearing designation for a childhood play place of pretending, dreaming, and imagining futures, is now the name of one of Omaha's newest songwriting projects.

Dirt House is Annie Dilocker, a long time contributor to Omaha talent, now offering up a piece of her own soul, backed by Miwi La Lupa (Team Love Records, Tigershrimp Records) on bass, Roger Lewis (The Good Life, Neva Dinova, Conduits) on drums, and Amy Carey Bishop (making musical debut) on violin.

Dirt House releases their first EP, "Come Over," on June 29th, a compilation of songs Annie started writing in late 2015. After a number of intimate performances during 2016, Annie recruited her friends Miwi and Roger, who had been encouraging her to start a band, for support. Also during the writing process, Annie could hear strings in her music and asked Amy, classically trained, to join the group. Jim Schroeder (UUVVWWZ, David Nance Group) has more recently lent his atmospheric guitar talents to both the EP and upcoming live shows.

An exciting intersection of lyric and sound, Dirt House lays strong, enduring beats that leave room for soft vocals and surprise harmonies that push back and steer the moment. Annie's tender but constant voice brings honest words of experience and emotion that spin beautiful scenarios and true feeling against bright swells of excitement and valleys of full instrumental play.

Watch for announcements about the “Come Over” EP release on the Dirt House Facebook page.
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Front Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102