March 23rd, 2019 | Photos

Photos by Stephanie Port

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter brought his special blend of folk, country, and pop to the Teragram Ballroom last evening. Baxter opened the show with a solo acoustic version of “79 Shiny Revolvers,” the breakout single from last summer’s acclaimed release Wide Awake.

After telling us about how the album was recorded right here in Santa Monica, Baxter welcomed his producer Butch Walker to the stage for a guitar sit-in on a couple of songs. The reverent crowd joyously sang along as Baxter and his band worked through the entirety of Wide Awake, including a soulful cover of Mac Miller’s “Come Back To Earth” sandwiched in the middle of his 3-song encore.

The show was opened by two Georgia-bred acts – Athens’ T. Hardy Morris and Atlanta’s Mattiel.