Sam Baker's words are always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. Baker writes “some of the most vivid, compelling, truly original songs of any artist working today” says Dan Forte of Taylor Guitars. His sparse poetic lyrics have gained him acclaim from other notable folk artists such as Gurf Morlix and Fred Eaglesmith.
After a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986, Baker turned inward to relearn the use of his body and brain. It took years to heal and time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in art, poetry, and music. Mercy, released in 2004, was the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by Pretty World in 2007 and Cotton in 2009, each piece imprinted with a theme: everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dreams; how beautiful are these days; and talk about forgiveness. "I think that my job is to reveal as much as I know and hope that it's helpful to somebody," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in an interview about the bombing and the faith he gained in humanity.
His 2013 album, Say Grace, was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 country music albums of that year. In his album review Jim Fusilli wrote "In Mr. Baker's tales, the personal becomes universal through his keen-eyed writing, supported by well-chosen instrumentation and what might be called spoken-word melodies.
Baker approaches life with a positive attitude – “Life is a gift. I went through a lot of bitterness - a lot of anger. But those things are toxic. Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost. Ultimately, I came to understand that these days are wicked short and terribly beautiful. All I’ve got – no matter what I hold in my hands, drive around in, or put in the bank – all I’ve got is this one breath, and if I’m lucky, I get another.”
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by Depot Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Lohmann's Good Things!; Republic Bank and Trust; The Montford Inn; and Native Spirits Winery. Additional support comes from Friends: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Nancy McClellan; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; and Keri and Hugh Young, and Neighbors: Bill and Janelle Powers; Danna Primm; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; The Grider Family; and Norman Music Institute.
The Depot will soon move our concerts inside to the intimate setting of our Depot home at 200 S. Jones. Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts will follow close on the heels of Summer Breeze beginning in October and continuing into April.
We are pleased to announce we're continuing our collaboration with Jazz in June, Inc., co-producing four concerts highlighting America's rich musical traditions.
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased on-line, by visiting The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405-307-9320.
Online tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=depot
Ticket packages (Pick 5 and Pick 10) available here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?subscription=depot
Our events page has short bios and videos for each artist:
|Oct 2, 2016, 7:00pm||John Fullbright (SOLD OUT!)||$25|
|Oct 13, 2016, 7:00pm||Tony Lucca & Alex Dezen w/ Christian Lopez*||$20|
|Oct 16. 2016, 7:00pm||Susan Gibson||$20|
|Oct 30, 2016, 7:00pm||Kevin and Dustin Welch (SOLD OUT!)||
|Nov 6, 2016, 7:00pm||Kim Richey||$20|
|Nov 20, 2016, 7:00pm||Slaid Cleaves (SOLD OUT!)||$25|
|Dec 4, 2016, 7:00pm||Sam Baker||$25|
|Dec 18, 2016, 7:00pm||Victor & Penny^||$20|
|Jan 8, 2017, 7:00pm||Caitlin Canty (Performance Cancelled)||$20|
|Jan 15, 2017, 7:00pm||The Hot Nut Riveters^||$25|
|Jan 29, 2017, 7:00pm||Heather Styka||$15|
|Feb 12, 2017, 7:00pm||John Gorka||$20|
|Feb 22, 2017, 7:00pm||Emily Scott Robinson and Caroline Cotter*||$15|
|Mar 5, 2017, 7:00pm||Jake Armerding||$15|
|Mar 12, 2017, 7:00pm||The Brother Brothers||$15|
|Mar 19, 2017, 7:00pm||The Claudettes^||$20|
|Apr 2, 2017, 7:00pm||Adam & Kizzie^||$20|
* Whistle Stop Concert
^ Winter Wind and Jazz in June Concert
The Depot accommodates audiences of 100, allowing a more personal interaction between audience and artist. The concerts feature outstanding established artists, excellent sound and complimentary refreshments in a lovely, gallery setting.
Concerts and other events at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous donors and businesses in the community.