JULIEN BAKER @ 191 Toole

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JULIEN BAKER @ 191 Toole

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, Karima Walker

Aug 19 Fri

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

191 Toole

$12.00

This event is all ages

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.
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
The 11 songs on Constant Stranger feel like snapshots documented, processed, and archived, filled with stories and images of how the small and often overlooked everyday moments affect the larger ones. There's a weary yet warm, resigned yet hopeful, realist yet romantic nature to Kinkel-Schuster's writing, which here strikes as an attempt at reconciling – or reckoning – the complicated and changeable nature of memory and all human relationships. With evocative imagery of thenatural world, Constant Stranger seamlessly blends these deeply personal ruminations on family, lovers, a musician's transient life, and the frequently confounding nature of existence – and creates a universally felt home for memory, gratitude, acceptance, and regret.

Written throughout the past fall and winter, Kinkel-Schuster recorded Constant Stranger in Water Valley, MS's Dial Back Sound and played every instrument on it save for one bass part. The album was mixed at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN. A full track listing and cover artwork are below.

Over the past four years, Kinkel-Schuster has released three albums with Water Liars – 2012's Phantom Limb, 2013's Wyoming, and 2014's eponymous LP – which have earned praise from outlets including The New York Times, Alternative Press, American Songwriter, Under The Radar, All Music Guide, and No Depression, among others. Water Liars will head out on tour next month with an expanded line up for the first time, with the core trio of Kinkel-Schuster, Andrew Bryant, and GR Robinson joined by Len Clark (drums) and Kell Kellum (pedal steel).
Karima Walker
Karima Walker
Karima Walker is a Tucson-based songwriter. On this debut tour, she brings spacious songs with folk roots.
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