Scott Baker & The Universal Expressions

Scott Baker & The Universal Expressions

 Bay City, Michigan, USA
BandRockClassic Rock

Equal parts roots rock from the '70s with a modern flare, rubbed between classic rock and acoustic songwriter styles. We like to perform electric, but do acoustic occasionally. We are easy on the ears and reliable, not to mention seasoned. Think Van Morrison & Ryan Adams at a Black Crowes gig.

Biography

Scott Baker & the Universal Expressions
Biography

2012 marks the seven year stretch for SBUE who are coming off their biggest year yet. Following 2011’s release of Details & Desire, the band has already returned back in the studio here in the spring of 2012. The group’s remarkable year of highlights included SBUE sharing the stage, opening for the likes of Bettye LaVette, Styx, Popa Chubby, Steepwater Band, and Shane Dwight. The vast showcases of blues, rock, and soul allowed SBUE the chance to showcase in front of many different audiences, winning new fans every step of the way.
With its fanbase constantly growing, SBUE was nominated for ten Review Awards in 2012, the group’s most nominations ever including Album of the Year, Best Songwriter, and Most Innovative Artist. Scott won for Best Solo Artist, bringing home one of the many prestigious nominations amongst many deserving peers.
With the band blending a sound that captures the best moments of twin-guitar classic interplay, along side of modern day blues-rock groove, the Universal Expressions live up to their name with a mix and vibe that cross many musical cultures. Mixing influences as vast as Albert King along side of Tom Petty or the Grateful Dead, or even Van Morrison up against the Black Crowes or Traffic, the soul-blues and classic rock vibe gets countered by rich acoustics and heavenly psychedelic jams. Allman Brothers and Pink Floyd in Wilco’s back yard, or George Harrison or Ryan Adams jamming with Phish or The Band, SBUE mixes up a unique sound that has brought them continued success.
Comprised by vocalist/guitarist Scott Baker, drummer/backing vocalist Timmy Scott, guitarist/vocalist Eric Janetsky and bassist/vocalist Matt Nyquist, the quartet have put in the time and determination to maintain a band that defies a pigeon-holed industry. A working man’s own force of nature. Both Baker and Scott have been playing for 11 years together now.
Having also found live radio airplay with their Mid-Michigan friends at the WHNN 96.1 FM and album cuts on WUCX 90.1 FM, SBUE have squeezed in original airplay in a market that rarely features new artists.
Album releases include 2011—Details & Desire and 2007—Between Seasons.
Other acts the band has shared the stage with over the years includes CCR, Larry McCray, Frank Bang, Blackberry Smoke, Dick Wagner, and Too Slim and the Taildraggers.

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Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
Review Awards:
Scott has received numerous nominations since 2001 for Mid-Michigan’s Review Magazine Awards (biggest music award show North of Detroit). The Universal Expressions as a whole were nominated for 11 Review Awards in 2007, five times in 2008 and twice in 2009, seven times in 2010, three times in 2011, and ten times in 2012. All members have won Review Awards over the years.

Scott’s Review Awards Wins:

• 2012 WINNER—Best Solo Artist
• 2009 WINNER—Best Duo of the Year—Scott Baker & Pete Socha
• 2007 WINNER—Band of the Year (Blues)—SBUE
• 2007 WINNER—Band Deserving Wider Recognition (Blues)—SBUE
• 2005 WINNER—Musician Deserving Wider Recognition (Blues)
• 2004 WINNER---Band Deserving Wider Recognition (Blues)—Muddy Gumbo
• 2003 WINNER—Musician Deserving Wider Recognition (Blues)

National & Local Highlights:

• Opened for Styx (over 9,000 ppl) in 2011
• Opened for Bettye LaVette in 2011
• Opened for Popa Chubby in 2011
• Performs live on WHNN 96.1 FM (Saginaw MI) morning show often since 2011
• Opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Group Creedence Clearwater in 2003
• Opened and performed with Blues Legend Larry McCray since 1999
• Performed, worked in the studio, assisted at WMG Records with Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed/The Frost) from 2001-2003
• Hosted his own monthly evening of music in Saginaw, in 2003
• Performing with Blues Princess Sharrie Williams in 2003
• Performed for Mark Farner (Grand Funk) in 2005 in the Mid-Michigan Songwriters Guild
• Opening & performing wi

Discography

Details & Desire (released Jan. 2011)

Between Seasons (released Nov. 2007)

Singles include:
Statues
Slap Back (heard on Z93.3 WKQZ FM)
Exit (Oasis Rock & Roots Voulme VIII #2 Radio Sampler)

Past Discography:
Scott Baker with Muddy Gumbo:
Continuous Rotation 2001
"Capture The Moment" EP 2003

Set List

We prefer to do three one hour sets rather than 4-45 min. sets if we played a bar/club on our own.

Here is a list of tunes we currently are mixing around:

Agenda (acoustic)
Almost Cut My Hair--CSNY
Back Again
Bertha--Grateful Dead
Between Seasons
Breakdown--Tom Petty
Can't Explain--The Who
Can't You See--Marshall Tucker Band
Chance Meeting
Cocaine--JJ Cale (& Clapton)
Color Me
Compass
Day By Day
Dead Flowers--Rolling Stones
Detroit Or Buffalo--Barbara Keith
Don't Burn Down The Bridge--Albert King
Exit
Fix It--Ryan Adams
Friends
Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
I Must Be High--Wilco
It Don't Come Easy--Ringo Starr
Last Goodbye
Long Grey Mare--Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
Magic Carpet Ride--Steppenwolf
Mary Jane's Last Dance--Tom Petty
Melissa--Allman Brothers
Mellow Haze
Mr. Charley--GDead
My Old Friend--John Hiatt
Nightingale--Norah Jones
Northern Space
Pretzel Logic--Steely Dan
Remedy--Black Crowes
Shakedown Street--GDead
Shape I'm In--Arc Ang