Carley Baer

Carley Baer


Young urban folk rock. A dash of protest music, tempered by early R&B, with a little 50's & 60's jazz and topped with influences from contemporary artists such as Ani Difranco and Fiona Apple.


The music I play has a fine heritage; its ancestors can be traced back to the revolutionary folk artists of the 1960’s. It has evolved to encompass influences from artists all over the map. What you’ll hear is how all of those artists fused together in the mind of an urban Wisconsin girl.

You’ll hear about a range of experiences spoken in a language taught to me by unclassifiable musicians throughout history. Whether drawing from the jazzy American standards, playing tunes reminiscent of Paul Simon and James Taylor, or incorporating the syncopated lyrical styles of Ani Difranco; the result is something all my own.

I am a songwriter today because of my father. I have vivid memories of being very small and having him make up lullabies to sing me to sleep. He always had multiple guitars around, and it was with that constant access that I taught myself how to play. Every song I write and every show I perform is in gratitude, to him and to the countless others who have affected me in such a profound way.

My last project was called “Still Life,” a snapshot of my songwriting progress at the time. Pictures do a wonderful job of preserving a moment, but there’s a whole lot of life going on in between. And that's ok. I intend to keep living life at full speed, and take a picture every now and then.


"watching waiting"(2002)- io Donna
"Still Life"(2005)
featured tracks on WPR's "Higher Ground" radio program.
featured tracks on WMSE 91.7fm

Set List

Carley can play any length of set, up to three hours. She does mostly original material; favorites include Your Lost Cause and the Stalker Song. She also throws in some covers, including (but not limited to) songs by the Beatles, James Taylor, John Prine, Ani Difranco, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holliday, and of course her dad