Layce Baker and the black Diamond band

Layce Baker and the black Diamond band

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Hot, well experienced, and a wide variety of material. Ten years of working together to accommodate any entertainment needs or situation with pleasing and ending results

Biography

LAYCE BAKER

Pittsburg, California blues guitar legend, Layce Baker Jr was born on .June 19, 1955 on the Choctaw Nation Reservation in Haskell County, Oklahoma. Layce has been playing the blues for nearly 40 years. Baker, aka "Iceman" learned to play the guitar by watching his father perform. He formed his first band at the age of 12 and at 14, performed at both Pittsburg Central Junior High and Pittsburg High School. Layce went on to perform in nightclubs with another Pittsburg legend, Rosie Gaines. Gaines later join Prince and the New Power Generation.

Layce Baker and the Black Diamond Blues Band was awarded the Bay Area Blues Society West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, Blues Band of the Year 2004 and the Central Valley Blues Musician of the Year 2005.

Layce has been a featured performer at Sacramento Blues Society events including its 25th Anniversary celebration with an unforgettable show stealing performance. Baker has performed with legends such as Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Cleveland Jones and the Temptations Revue, Little David Thompson, KoKo Taylor, Archie Bell and the Drells, Johnny Taylor, Lowell Fulsom, The Whispers and The California Malibus. Other notable performances include the 2000 Bay Area Music Awards with the Caravan All-Stars, Elvin Bishop, Santana and Huey Lewis and the News. Layce was the headliner at the House of Blues DisneyWorld, Terra Blues in New York, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco, Warm Daddy's in Philadelphia, PA; and Ziggy's in Denver, Co.

Layce has toured with Jimmy McCracklin performing at the Lucern Blues Festival in Switzerland; The,Le Merridean in Paris France and the Legendary Blues Cruise in 2006. While touring with the legendary Sonny Rhodes, Layce performed at the Monterey Blues Festival and the Portland River Festival.

When not on tour, Layce and the Black Diamond Band can be found Friday evenings and throughout Bay Area clubs on Saturday nights. Ongoing gigs include The Calistoga Inn in Calistoga, Ca; Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, Ca; JJ's Blues in Santa Jose, Ca and the Northern California Blues Festival scene.

Baker’s early influences came from this father who loved listening to great blues legends such as Lightin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, T-Bone Walker and any other blues legends that an Oklahoma Bluesman and Bootlegger could get access to without a television. During Layce’s teen years in Oklahoma, his fathers acquaintance with Bo Diddley and T-Bone Walker influenced his guitar playing and led to the organization of a band which included T-Bone Walkers sons. In his early adult years, Layce has become a major bluesman in the Northern California and bay area music scene. His influences include Albert King, Albert Collins, and Jimi Hendrix, You will hear some of these influences as he plays on his latest CD’s, Blues Simplicity or The Iceman. You can hear Delta, Texas, and Chicago style blues in the Black Diamond Band. Layce is an entertaining showman who mixes his blues with a little R&B.

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Discography

Late Night Love
Blues Simplicity
Layce the Iceman Baker

Set List

WHOLE BAND SETS 1

1. Mercy Mercy Mercy Bb
2. Sadie F
3. Breezin D
4. Iceman C
5. Don’t Pet my Dog A
6. Hoochie Coochie Man A
7. Down home blues Bb
8. You send me G
9. Knock on wood E
10. Stand by me G
11. Sitting on the dock of the Bay

SET 2
1. SUNNY Am
2. CC RIDER Ed
3. HONKY TONK F
4. THRILL IS GONE Bm
5. T-BONE SHUFFLE C
6. CHANGE MY MIND C
7. LAST TWO DOLLARS Bm
8. SHOTGUN G
9. SUPERSTITIOUS E
10. AT LAST F
11. I WANT C
SET 3
1. COMING HOME G
2. SOUL SERANADE G
3. LEFT FOOTED STOMP A
4. DAMN RIGHT I GOT THE BLUES A
5. I’LL PLAY THE BLUES FOR YOU Gm
6. TURNING POINT C
7. IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT Dm
8. DON’T LET THE GREEN GRASS FOOL YOU F
9. MY IMAGINATION Gm
10. LETS STAY TOGETHER G
11. NEITHER ONE OF US F
12. WALKING THE DOG D