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Rayland Baxter to perform at Crystal Bay Club on Lake Tahoe North Shore

When Nashville native Rayland Baxter picked up and moved to an old rubberband factory in Franklin, Kentucky, he had never been able to focus on songs and song writing in solitude. The experience was transformative.

"I blanketed the windows so no one could see inside," he explains. "I laid a mattress down next to an old Wurlitzer so I had somewhere to sleep. I had a guitar, a desk with a lamp and some paper and pencils, and that was it. For 15 hours a day, I wrote," the musician said.

That experience produced more than 50 songs that would ultimately morph into his newest album, "'Wide Awake," which "infuses Baxter's easygoing, soulful sound with British Invasion melodies and rock and roll swagger, marrying lean, muscular songwriting with adventurous, inventive arrangements. It's a cutting, insightful collection, one that takes a sardonic view the violence, greed, and division that seem to define the modern American landscape," states the artist's bio.

The album is the latest in a career that includes appearances at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival, in addition to tour performances with renowned acts including Jason Isbell, The Lumineers, Shakey Graves, Lauryn Hill and Grace Potter.

It's that sound and style that Baxter brings to the Crystal Bay Casino Red Room on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The free show starts at 8 p.m.

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To learn more about Rayland Baxter, visit home.raylandbaxter.com.