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As The Gate Swings Free

It's been a while since I sent out my last blog. It's funny because I write almost every day, but usually forget to send these out. Anywho, here we go…..

It's been an exciting week for me. My new EP "As The Gate Swings Free" was released online worldwide! This is huge for me, new music is really what this whole thing is about for me. If not for costs, I'd probably have 5 albums out already. I have so much music that I really cannot wait to share with you all. This EP was a great way to get at least a few of those songs out in anticipation for my next full-length which I hope to begin work on in the next couple of months. I really hope that you enjoy the new tunes and make sure to stay tuned because I will be starting off a new Kickstarter campaign soon, so I will definitely need all the help I can get for that.

Also this past week I had some great shows. I had two great nights up at Grace O'Malleys pub in Ruidoso, then went straight from there to Phoenix to watch some Rangers spring training baseball and then played a show at the awesome Devil's Advocate in Tempe. The road definitely was good to me this time around and I really cannot wait to hit it again.

I'm hoping to really begin to turn some corners in the coming months and your support and belief in what I do is really what will make the difference. I truly hope to see you at a show soon and talk about all of these exciting things I have coming up. So thank you again for all of the support and love.

Chris Baker

Nashville and more...

Hello all,

First off I have to send a HUGE thank you to every single one of you, yes I mean you the person reading this right now. Your support of what I do, and even if that means throwing me a like or two on Facebook, means the world to me. I couldn't begin to show my appreciation for it all.

So last weekend was really an incredible one for me. Started off at Ft Bliss in El Paso where I got to open for Lee Brice with my friends Matt Morgan and Rein Garcia in front of a crowd of 15,000 people (not a typo, was fifteen thousand people!!). It was such an amazing feeling playing mostly our original music to a crowd like that and to get the reaction that we got is a feeling you can't put into words. Hopefully we will get more opportunities like that in the future. Thanks to everyone that came and shared that amazing day with us.

Two days after that show, I hopped on a plane to Nashville, TN to perform at the Silver Dollar Saloon downtown on Music Row on Monday the 29th. This was my first trip out to Nashville ever and I got to spend time with my brother out there taking in the sights. I got to sit in with a band the first night and play some originals which was really amazing. The next night I had my performance, which went really great and I got to meet some members of the Johnny Cash/June Carter family which was surreal. I think I will get a chance to go back as early as this coming September!

So keep your fingers crossed, I have a feeling that some big things are coming and wheels are turning!

Thank you so much for the crazy, awesome support that you continue to throw my way

Chris Baker

Danielle Claire Nowotenski
Danielle Claire Nowotenski  (over 1 year ago)

Hey there ~ what a nice blog! SO happy everything went well for you in Nashville! Sounds amazing! I have to say, from experience, that I would walk with every confidence, and humbleness, as you are meeting these Country Royalty people. They are indeed your soul family, I see in you a quality of matching quality. You belong! I believe you are on the Good Red Road and will find contentment and success in your musical endeavors. Awesome!

So I was in Cruces today and hoped to make it out to catch your first set but I was exhausted. In fact I feel a little awkward for last text. Had to note to myself "texting while overextended and stressed out is about as good as texting while drunk!" lol, I hope! :-)

Anyway, I had school orientation today. So fun to be a 30 something back in College! i got a chance to shine myself with the Academic Dean of my Dept., unknowingly! Full of energy and ideas, and organization, I dazzled a couple teachers for a moment. It was super cool! and he gave me a reference person to call in Alamo so I could set of my classes here before I am really supposed to be able to. I will be taking yuck laywork business course here this year...So will no tbe in Cruces as much as I had hoped.

Ironically, I met someone named John at Milagro coffee, who went out of his way to tell me I should go out to De La Vegas that night. I said I was trying to get down for Monday night open mic nights in the future, and he said if I sang he would get up and tell some dirty jokes! Hmmm... funny! Maybe you know who I am talking about... whatever if you dont. The synchronicity was valid. I realize the importance to me to have my own time and will work out a way to get to open mics, yours or Rui's, once a week after school starts and I quit working so much. I so appreciate your willingness to look up the song I requested. I hope it opens the door to other ideas! For now I have my own audience here, as my little girl loves to sit and listen to me sing! She is quite a singer herslef, not quite 2 and she has recorded 5 full length songs! and always picks up instruments for us to play together. I am so proud! I am also looking for a 'cheap' acoustic guitar, no more than $200, to restart learning. Everything works easier when there is music in the air!

I really enjoy your music, but I have to say I would love a chance to get to know you. I know you are busy and I am too, and its just good to make new friends sometimes... So I throw out there to you that if you are ever in the area, of La Luz, maybe passing thru on a Sunday after a weekend in Rui, that you'd consider stopping in for a visit to have some ice tea or something cold on my new porch! :-) I have been working a lot in my yard and eager to start entertaining, lol (ok, I mentioned i was kinda a dork!) :-) besides that if you were interested in seeing your astrology chart I could plug it into my program and show it to you. I am sure it would only build you up to your strengths, and it'd be fun to look at the astrocartography part and see what you have going on around Nashville! Just for fun, no charge. Your kindness toward learning some music for me in enough. No pressure, just a kind thought. If not I will still come out to jam sometime...My number is 575-377-5402 just in case! ;-)

Bummed to miss your show tontie with your fresh Nashville energy buzz, I hope it was a great one for you! Peace and Light ~ D

Ft Worth, TX

Sending this one out from the great city of Ft Worth, TX. This is the land where the Texas Music Scene (for those of you that know what that means) is thriving. I have tried to take it all in and will be talking with as many people as possible over the next few days to learn everything I can about what is going on out here.

It seems that there is music all around in this area, especially towards the NorthWest side of town. So much of this Red Dirt style that has become so popular over the past decade. This is a place where so many popular Texas artists call home and have made their mark. There are so many live music venues and opportunities for aspiring artists out there, but this raises a question mark for me...

In an area of so much music saturation, how does one get noticed? It seems like being a full time musician here would be a very difficult task because there is so much competition. The answer is, I think, that there really is no answer to it. The only way to get noticed is to play with passion and play as often as you can. I plan on coming out here as often as possible to soak in all that this town has to offer and make relationships and friends along the way. If you know me, then you know that I am not one that is too concerned with fame or instant stardom, I simply hope to reach some people everywhere I go and make lasting memories. I will enjoy the ride as it comes to me and plan on having a great rest of my trip out here and my shows.

Thanks for stopping in....


What's this, a new blog?

I am going to try to start doing this more often as a way for people to keep up with what I am doing more. Feel free to leave me comments and messages on here as often as you'd like. Here goes:

So far this has been a roller coaster of a year. I have gotten to play in some pretty cool places, met some awesome new people, and had a lot more responsibilities thrown my way. I wouldn't trade it all for the world. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love to do for a living. I am working really hard every day to bring new music out and to push myself towards big things. I think the rest of this year will be a great one and I couldn't thank everyone enough for all of the support I have been given. So thank you for all of the support you have given me.

Oh and by the way, if you sign up on my mailing list, I will be giving away songs every couple of weeks for FREE! All you have to do is sign up on my mailing list here on Reverbnation, then go to songs and click download. It will automatically download to your iTunes or whatever your default music player is on your computer. Thanks again and have a great Easter weekend!!


Martin GPCPA Through My 7 Senses

Martin GPCPA Through My 7 Senses

It is a wonder to behold, a rare beauty to be found through my eyes as the wood grains dance along the body through the neck and into the headstock.  Coated strings glimmer in the sunlight and Sitka spruce expresses a natural luster.

Aroma of fresh coated wood fills the air with a concoction of finish and working electronics.  The smell transcends it's meaning and fills my mind with a de ja vu of flowing melodies accompanied by powerful rhythm.

Run your hands along the body and through the neck. You will experience the intricacy of the wood grains and begin to understand the complexities of such an instrument.  Delve into what the wood really means from within and comprehend the true meaning of tone wood.  Run your fingers through the frets and understand the perfect balance involved and the true beauty of the material.  Run a calloused fingertip along a fresh set of strings and really understand the intricate structure and feeling as a note is struck.

Tastes of a natural wood finish.  A practice of becoming a part of the instrument as a swordsman would a weapon.  Experience why this Sapele Mahogany would be chosen at a fundamental level that coincides with the taste of the tone.

Give it a knock on the body, you hear a hollow shell.  Much like a cajon or an overtightened djembe, you would hear a sweet, deep 'boom' that captures the essence of the shell.  Now strike a full chord and truly let your emotions escape in a single fluid motion.  Listen to every aspect of this chord along the octave spectrum and how each note forms an essential piece of the whole.  Hear every note in the scale of the instrument and really listen to the individuality that each note can express.  The beauty in shutting out the world and truly listening to what the guitar is telling you is an amazing and incredibly powerful experience.

Begin to strum a song or create a melodic structure.  Find an emotion and attach this to what you a are playing.  Feel the music.  Make an attachment of the rhythm to your heartbeat, to blood running through your veins.  Make this song a piece of your essence and of your very being.  Use your emotions to begin to understand the beauty of what you are doing.  Your heartbeat, your blood, your body, and soul are creating an individual masterpiece in of itself from within.

Once this connection is made, begin to take in the environment around you.  Feel the response of the walls, the trees, the dirt to what you are creating.  Form the whole world around what you are creating.  Imagine the wind embracing each note and surrounding you in it, making your whole environment into this creation of beauty.  

This is why I love my guitar. This is why I love music. This is the true understanding in the mind of a musician.

Open Mic Mondays at De la Vegas

Everyone don't forget we are at De la Vegas Pecan Grill every Monday night at 8pm for open mic. Bring your guitars and talents or just come out to hear the best talent Las Cruces has to offer!