Geoff Baker

Oakland, CA
Americana / Acoustic / Alternative
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Greetings from Oakland, California,

After a spell of focusing on writing some new songs and chipping away at the recording of the next album, I’m happy to announce some bona fide news: an upcoming tour of the States, a blog series inspired by—can you believe it?—the 10-year anniversary of my first 3 releases on CD, and a recently published poem.

Almost exactly a month from today, I’ll be starting in Berkeley (on May 16th) and working my way across the States. I’ll post the confirmed shows so far just below, from Berkeley to New Orleans, and you can always check for additional confirmed shows and complete details for all shows here: and here:
May 7 :: Wed :: Chico, CA :: 1078 Gallery (w/ Shoestring Trio)
May 16 :: Fri :: Berkeley, CA :: Monkey House (w/ Melissa Phillips and Lesley Greer)
May 17 :: Sat :: Santa Cruz, CA :: The Abbey Lounge (w/ Pawnshop Kings)
May 18 :: Sun :: Paso Robles, CA :: Sculpterra Winery (Songwriters at Play showcase)
May 19 :: Mon :: San Luis Obispo, CA :: Bon Temps Creole Café (Songwriters at Play showcase)
May 21 :: Wed :: Pasadena, CA :: Firefly Bistro (Wine & Song showcase)
May 22 :: Thurs :: San Diego, CA :: Lestat’s Coffee House
May 23 :: Fri :: Kingman, AZ :: Cellar Door Wine Bar
May 24 :: Sat :: Phoenix, AZ :: Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse
May 25 :: Sun :: Albuquerque, NM :: Blackbird Buvette
May 27 :: Tues :: Amarillo, TX :: The 806
May 28 :: Wed :: Lubbock, TX :: J&B Coffee Co.
May 29 :: Thurs :: Dallas, TX :: Opening Bell Coffee
May 31 :: Sat :: Lake Charles, LA :: Stellar Beans
Jun 1 :: Sun :: Lake Charles, LA :: Stella Beans (brunch show)
Jun 2 :: Mon :: New Orleans, LA :: Neutral Ground Coffee House

It all started with a moment of surprise at the flight of time, and here’s how I reflected on it in the first entry of a blog series I started posting on Facebook in January: “So, it’s 2014. About a month ago, I was playing a gig in Pacifica, here in northern California, and an audience member was asking about my CDs for sale, trying to decide which one to buy. I ran down the list and realized, as I was mentioning Patriot Acts and Know the Rain Here, both released in 2004, that they were about to turn 10 years old.
“This amazes me. I started writing songs all those years ago partly out of compulsion and partly for the sake of dealing with things—break-ups, the death of close friends, 9/11 and its effect on my country and the world, some minor disappointments, and yes, equally minor triumphs and moments of inexplicable bliss and possibility. It astounds me that, 10 years down the road, (some) people can still tell me that they enjoy listening to these songs. It astounds me even further that I can still enjoy playing them. But I do.”

If you’re interested in reading more, or if you just have time to kill while waiting for a bus, you can see them here.

Finally, a poem:
Anyone who knows me knows I live for the lyrics as much as I live for anything else in a song. Most of the words I write end up in tunes. Some of them don't. Here's a poem I wrote while driving through orchards during winter in northern California. It's called "Orchard Saplings Wrapped in White," and it was published in Watershed, an online creative writing journal. Hope you like!

Have a great April, everybody, and I hope to see you and say Hi at an upcoming show. Thanks for supporting independent music and musicians,


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"Great young US singer-songwriter"  Annie Windley, Time Out (London)

"Geoff is a presence when he's on stage; he towers over the microphone, and his tunes demand attention. What do you get from a Geoff Baker song? You get lyrics that are sneakily poignant, with a clever streak -- sentiments of love and loss that stay with you, and stray far away from cliché. You get absolutely sublime finger-picked guitar parts. You get his full baritone, at times plaintive, at other times playful."  Brendan Getzell, host, Hotel Utah open mic, Hotel Utah Newsletter, San Francisco

"Arresting images...Baker promises much and here delivers it."  Paul Kerr, Americana UK


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