Seattle artist visits Pullman on spring tour to make ‘an impression’ – The Daily Evergreen
Norman Baker will perform for free at the Lumberyard on June 2; He will return with his group on July 9
For the first time, Seattle musician Norman Baker will perform in Pullman on the sixth stop of his spring tour.
From 6-8 p.m. on June 2, local music fans can visit Lumberyard for a free acoustic concert by Baker.
While it’s hard to put on more than 200 shows a year, Baker said ultimately, it’s worth sharing his music with people.
“It’s almost impossible to get by and make a living as a musician, and it’s a lot more work than people think. If you see a show or a concert, that’s two hours of work, but there are many, many, many more hours that go into it — even just that day,” Baker said. “But the most rewarding part, I think, is just making an impression on people.”
This will be his first time performing in Pullman since his high school gig for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Baker said he always looks forward to introducing his music to “new ears” at his live concerts.
“One of my favorite things about traveling and playing to new audiences and new parts of the country is showing my music to other people,” he said.
baker said he’s also excited to play some of his new songs, like the single “Levon, the Singing Drummer.” Common themes through his music include travel, family and love.
“[For] a lot of these songs, I intentionally don’t sit down and write about certain things,” Baker said. “When I start writing a song, I don’t always know what I’m writing about. It’s only halfway through the song when I watch it and realize, ‘oh, that’s about it’. As I write, sometimes the song reveals itself to me.
After hearing recordings of Baker’s shows, Lumberyard owner Molly Golden said she thought he would be a great match for the venue.
“I thought what was being played was good, and I just liked the sound. I thought it fit well with what we were looking for,” Golden said. “We want it to be family-friendly, and we want it to be fun and we also want it to be laid back.”
Baker said he has been developing his sound for a long time, taking inspiration from artists like the Beatles, Neil Young, Metallica and Joey Dosik. Her first performance in front of an audience was when she was 13 years old and played with her father’s band.
At Lumberyard, Golden said she loves hosting local artists and has been preparing for Baker’s gig for about a month.
“We really want to support local businesses, and that includes bands and artists and so on,” Golden said. “I think it’s fun to have all kinds of different sounds and to have a new energy. It’s a good mix of having locals and out-of-towners.
Over the summer, at least six other bands will also play at the Lumberyard, Golden said. Baker will perform again in Lumberyard with his band on July 9.