7/18-19: Rayland Baxter w/ Okey Dokey @ The Basement East

Past NATIVE cover story Rayland Baxter is back to celebrate his forthcoming album, Wide Awake. It’s a collection of songs that came out of a time of isolation and introspection. For three months, Baxter lived with his instruments in an abandoned rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky. His goal was to spend every waking minute creating, and—judging by the masterful songwriting found throughout Wide Awake—it seems like he met that goal.

Check out Baxter on July 18 and 19 with frequent collaborators and fellow NATIVE alum Okey Dokey at The Basement East. Tickets can be bought in advance for $17 here, but will also be sold at the show.

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After writing in an abandoned rubber band factory for three months, Nashville native and roots-rock poet Rayland Baxter has emerged with Wide Awake, a politically charged anti-manifesto that’s still fun enough to play at a backyard cookout