The Thomas Baker Band

The Thomas Baker Band

BandFolkAcoustic

Indie Acoustic Folk Rock---Ray Lamontagne crossed with John Mayer crossed with Jack Johnson.

Biography

Ben Baker's sound touches on harmony, accessibility and intelligence. It's digestible music that has something important to say. Baker describes his music as acoustic-driven melodies in harmony with smart lyrics. The combination of two guitar players who can mix and match every strum of the other blindfolded. Years and years companionship has drawn these musicians together into a shared wavelength. And it's a wavelength in which listeners can gladly participate.

Lover

Baker has a deep connection with music itself. Humans are not his only friends. In fact, he says that music is my only faithful lover. Music inspires Baker. He admires its ability to draw forth an emotional response in even the most jaded soul and its ability to touch on every conceivable human emotions. He uses this facet of music in ever song he writes. Music evokes emotion of some kind in anyone with a soul. It can lead the way to drunken craziness on a Saturday night and it can ease your soul on a Sunday morning sidewalk. Baker also cites musics ability to enact social change. It can inspire revolutionary thought. He also points out its ability to guide the human soul to transcendence. Music can take you to a place where you do not need to think at all.

Originality

Baker strives always to create music that is distinctive, not derivative. Time after time I see technical, musical genius wasted on unappreciative crowds (live audience or the market). Time after time I have seen these three-chord wonders bring down the house. But there is a positive light that shines through with artists of Baker's caliber. Then there are those special times when ability and inspiration come full circle and meet back in the middle.

The Artist at Work

Baker keeps the writing flowing. The more you work, the more you grow as an artist, he believes. I'm constantly writing, constantly getting better. The ongoing writing has provided Baker with plenty of music to choose from for public presentation. We are in the process of recording a debut LP. The album should be released by the end of 2007 at the latest. He is currently working with A&R Select, the leading independent A&R firm in Hollywood, CA.

Review

Ben Baker's music is lush and thoughtful and compulsory listening.

Lyrics

Nights of Pain

Written By: Ben Baker

I worked my way back
To your heart last night
But it all fell to pieces
At the bar, just after midnight
You walked away
And I'm alone again
My tears falling in my gin

What can I do to make it right
Three years of love and devotion
Disappear into the drunken night
I just go crazy over you
It happens every time
Jealousy love and rage
And nights of pain, mixed with wine

I slept alone in the rain last night
I called you drunk on the phone
Just after midnight
But you hung up on me,
And my tears they streamed
Down my face, into my whiskey

What can I do to make it right
Three years of love and devotion
Disappear into the drunken night
I just go crazy over you
It happens every time
Jealousy love and rage
Mixed with pain, in my wine
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Moonshine

Written By: Ben Baker

Back in Colorado,
We were living down in Boulder
With moonshine in our bellies
And Moonbeams on our shoulders
Back then I was Free
With nothing holding on to me
Smoke was smoke and drink was drink
And the grass was warm beneath our feet
We had moonbeams on our shoulders
In nineteen seventy...

And I said, What can I say
You packed your bags
And went away one day
And what can I do
Except sit on my porch
And wait for you to come back
One day...

And my rocking chair is weary now
My heart it feels so alone
It's been three long years
Since you disappeared
My beard has grown so gray and long
And now I don't feel so free
When you left you took a piece of me

And I still got moonshine I my belly
No more moonbeams
are on my shoulders
I'm not half the man I use to be
And every night I dream of you...
In nineteen seventy

And I said, What can I say
Its been three, four, five years now
since you went away, one day
What can I do
Except sit on my porch
And wait for you to come back
One day...

I see a figure up the road,
Under the weight of a heavy load
But my eyes they must deceive me now
I've had this dream time and again
But I find myself upon my feet
Just like I have each time before
Your hazel eyes met mine
Your same old face with a few more lines
And we were back in Colorado
In that place that they call boulder
And the moonshine mixed with tears
Float down and moonbeams fell upon
Our shoulders

She said I've traveled this world
A few times around
and every night I dream of you
In nineteen seventy

And She said, What can I do,
cause every night I dream of you
And what can I say,
I have traveled the world
to get back to you, to make it home
Today...

And now we're back In Colorado
In that place that they call Boulder
We've been on our porch now
For twenty odd years
With moonshine in our bellies
And moonbeams on our shoulders...

The Heartbreak Express

Written By: Ben Baker

They say Saturday night is for fighting
But I'm out cold at your feet
Reached out my arms to hold you baby
And you laid me out in the street
And the rain falls down
And my blood runs down
And you turn you head and walk away
These are the words you said

It looks like you took a ride
On the Heartbreak Express
No delays, non stop service
Your current condition is rainy and blue
But next time you fly
I hope you choose
To fly with us
On the Heartbreak Express

Down the road and the distance
Are headlights
I clinched my teeth and held tight
Then you came out of the darkness
You pulled me into the light
The rain came down
My tears float down
But you wiped my eyes upon your dress
And these are the words you said

It looks like you took a ride
On the Heartbreak Express
No delays, non stop service
Your current condition is rainy and blue
But climb in my cock-pit and I'll show you
The way to forget
The Heartbreak Express

So I said baby, fly me around the world
I don't want to remember
That other whore of a girl
I said fly me, fly me, so high
I said let me in you airplane baby
I want to touch your sky

They say Saturday night is for fighting
But I'm out cold at your feet
Reached out my arms to hold you baby
And you laid me out in the street
And the rain falls down
And my blood runs down
And you turn you head and walk away
And again these are the words you said

It looks like you took a ride
On the Heartbreak Express
No delays, non stop service
Your current condition is rainy and blue
But next time you fly
I hope you choose
To fly with us
On the Heartbreak Express
To fly with us
On the Heartbreak Express

Caroline

Written By: Ben Baker

Well here we sit, me and you
Martyr one, and martyr two
Two lives lost, and you make three
God I pray for my release, have sympathy

Well it will kill you if I go
But it's killing me to stay
Your lies are wrapped around my feet
And your fucking with my brain
And martyr's we are, in this love affair
I'm drowning on dry land, fighting for air
So Caroline please, rest in peace

Now I lay me down to grief,
my pills help me count the sheep
I hope I die, before I wake
But its five am, and morning breaks

Well it will kill you if I go
But it's killing me to stay
Your lies are wrapped around my feet
And your fucking with my brain
And martyr's we are, in this love affair
I'm drowning on dry land, fighting for air
So Caroline please, rest in peace

Well I saw you, across the bar
Could this night be real
And there must be cold blood
running through your veins
to make me feel, the way that I feel
And these last few weeks
Have past so slow
It feels like twenty years
Without one word from your lying lips
To ease my greatest fears
So I stepped outside and I started to cry
I really don't know why
Still God knows I could never
Read your truth, between your lies

And it will kill you if I go
But it's killing me to stay
Your lies are wrapped around my feet
And your fucking with my brain
And martyr's we are, in this love affair
I'm drowning on dry land, fighting for air
So Caroline please, rest in peace
So Caroline please, rest in peace

The Baker's Dozen Bar

Written By: Ben Baker

Well it feels like Sammy Davis
Is dancing on my brain
Tapping to that whiskey beat
While Sinatra gets a kick, from my cocaine
And it was the birth of cool
But I was still feelin kind of blue
Chillin with miles, while Maryland danced
to those funky grooves

And out of all the gin joints
In all the world
Mines a little tough to find
But ole' John Wayne
He just walked through my front door
And Brandy brings him
his whiskey and wine
That dusty road, it is well traveled
And the distance it is far
But I promise you this my friend,
You won't forget, The Baker's Dozen Bar

Well I've got a part time lover
She's across the town
While Elton sings the blues
And my tv flickers on and off
With no sound, while Huey Lewis
Does the late night news

And out of all the gin joints
In all the world
Mines a little tough to find
But ole' Bob Dylan
Just sat down across my bar
And he's telling me about
These changing times
The dusty road, it is well traveled
And the distance, it is far, far, far, far
I promise you this my friend
You won't forget, The Baker's Dozen Bar

A hush fell through the bar room
A man stood in the back
A low voice began to sing
Well it was Mr Johnny Cash
And he was dressed in all black
Surrounded by, that fiery ring
And out of all the gin joints
In all the world
Mines a little tough to find
But ole' Tupac is sippin on
Some peppermint snops
Although he arrived before his time
The dusty road is well traveled
And the distance it is far, far, far, far
I promise you this my friend
You won't forget, The Baker's Dozen Bar

Good Time On The Bad Side of Town

Written By: Ben Baker

Woke up at the crack of dawn, 11 am
Phone is ringing from across the room
But its warm here in my bed
And I think I might die of thirst
My liver ain't never felt much worse
But I had a good time
With the boys last night
On the bad side of town

We ain't much into dressing up
And going out to the bars
And you ain't Freddie Mercury
So don't act like your a star
All I want is a place
Where the drinks are cheap
And the people are real
Sitting next to me
And you won't have to look
Cause I'll be on the bad side of the town

I'll just be having a good time
On the bad side of the town
The pretty girls look prettier
When they got their noses down
Moe pours beer and whiskey
Straight Jack without no crown
Its the only medicine we need
On the bad side of the town

Drunk Jerry's on the corner
He's dancing for some change
Forty more cents to a forty
And he'll be dancing in the rain
Don't you dare look down on him
He's doing the best he can
If you had to live the life hes had
You would be a homeless man

I could be on the battery
Sipping drinks with high society
But I'm dancing here with Jerry
Cause at least he knows my name

I'll just be having a good time
On the bad side of the town
The pretty girls look prettier
When they got their noses down
Moe pours beer and whiskey
Straight Jack without no crown
Its the only medicine we need
On the bad side of the town
Watch Jerry dance...

So Lord don't let me get to rich
Or get to proud or get to drunk
And start a fight
Just let me drink a beer with my friends tonight on the bad side of the town

Discography

LP - Southern Acoustic Hospitality

Set List

Moonshine
Blue Lights Run
Caroline
Bourbon Reflection
On My Way (Ben Kweller Cover)
The Bad Side of Town
After Midnight
Nights of Pain
A Deal Is A Deal
Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show Cover)
Salt Water Symphony
Trade In My Tie
Move Your Feet
Red On Sun
Ain't No Reason (Brett Dennen Cover)
Rum Runnin' Through My Bloodstream
Rock Jock Ricky