Some fifteen years ago, Sam Baker released the record that would catch the ears of many people, Mercy.
The characters in his songs face many challenges – alcoholism, car wrecks, racism, drug addiction, a mother’s abandonment – but they persevere. Much like Sam himself.
In 1986 Sam got in the middle of someone else’s war. When a terrorist bomb exploded in his train compartment, he went from being a young, healthy, tourist enjoying Peru with friends to a broken man surrounded by death and dying. Given his injuries, he too should have died. But through a series of miracles and coincidences he survived. His survival means that Sam has a clear view of life’s ups and downs as he aims to make people happy with his art.
He returns to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Mercy release that started his career in music. He’ll be playing songs from this record along with others that came later and be accompanied by Radoslav Lorkovic.
This event is a Mr Kite Benefit.
“Sam Baker has produced a suite of work that will penetrate you right to the core. ”Maverick on 'Mercy'
“Simultaneously beautiful and broken… Sam Baker is an artist worth waiting for. ”NPR All Things Considered
“The Bard of the Workaday World.”Wall Street Journal