Rayland Baxter’s anticipated new full-length album, Imaginary Man, is out now on ATO Records. Of the music, The New York Times praises, “Nashville may be the capital of country music, but it’s also seen its share of top rock acts, including Jack White’s Raconteurs, Kings of Leon and Paramore. Rayland Baxter sits between those two worlds, as evidenced on his second full-length release…On this album, Rayland builds melodies with lush guitars, keyboards and harmonies far closer to the Shins than Blake Shelton.”
“I believe that with love and encouragement we can change the worst of atmospheres,” says Brent Johnson. His desire to create an environment and place of hope led him to start Hope Country in 2011. Born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Brent had a desire to see the world and travel at an early age. He began playing in bands at 17 and has since toured in over 40 states as well as all over Canada.
Jake Jones was born and raised on the frozen plains of Minnesota where he spent endless winter nights picking his guitar and crafting solemn songs about love, life, and the in-between. Jake’s music has been described as alt-country, singer-songwriter, folk-rock, etc. Call it what you will, Jake’s passion and vulnerability saturate every tune. His debut single, “Cowboy Song,” drips with mournful regret and uncertainty; the rest of his EP promises nothing less.