Brian Baker is an artist based in New Zealand.
For an artist who is abundant in the creation of his original music and songs, it seems a counter intuitive move to release a cover version, especially one as highly regarded as Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”. However Brian brings some new elements to the song, his evocative guitar playing for one, as well as a new, laidback feel.
“ I’ve been a fan of Tom’s since I purchased his first album on the day it was released in New Zealand. Following his progress avidly from there led me to falling in love with his solo album, “Full Moon Fever”, and this track in particular since it featured two other favourite artists of mine – Jeff Lynn and George Harrison. Jeff’s production, in particular has been an inspiration over the years. “I Won’t Back Down” brings all those elements together for me, an absolute honour and pleasure to record and perform, a tribute to Tom Petty and all those guys fantastic work. I’ve tried to keep the essential elements of the track and still put my own stamp on it.”
The consummate journeyman musician is also a laid-back bohemian life-styler, living off-the-grid on his permaculture farm in the picturesque heart of the Kaipara and using his considerable musical talents recording and producing artists in his production studio, ‘The Bakery’.
A naturally gifted, hugely experienced musician, Baker can lay claim to a catalogue of songs, (signed to Origin Music), sure to warm the musical soul of any audience member. Now he’s made a return to performing live creating a fantastic live show highlighting his uplifting vocals and amazing guitar skills, that has delighted audiences at The Bay Of Island jazz and Blues Festival, Whangārei Fringe Festival and is booked for the Okura Forest Festival in Feb 2023 in Auckland.
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