Music: Sam Baker

The foreboding but rewarding complexity of Sam Baker’s music is evident in the statement near the top of his website’s homepage: “Everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dream.”

Feb 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm
click to enlarge Sam Baker turned to music following a bombing on a train he was traveling on in Peru in ’86.
Sam Baker turned to music following a bombing on a train he was traveling on in Peru in ’86.

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he foreboding but rewarding complexity of Sam Baker’s music is evident in the statement near the top of his website’s homepage: “Everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dream.”

Think about that. Aren’t dreams good things in the lexicon of singer/songwriters? In the arts, aren’t dreamers idealists?

Yes, but one person’s “dream” can be another’s horror; one self-described dreamer could in reality be a self-deluded terrorist.

Just consider the experience of Baker, the much-heralded Texas troubadour who plays on a special co-headlining bill with Gretchen Peters this weekend at Miami University’s Hamilton branch as part of Miami’s Regional Artists Series.

Baker was a victim of some “dreamers.”

In 1986, when he was 31, Baker was sightseeing in Peru — on a tourist train going from Cusco to Machu Picchu — when a bomb exploded. It had been planted by Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla group seeking revolution. Read more about Baker here.


Sam Baker and Gretchen Peters play Saturday at Parrish Auditorium on Miami University’s Hamilton campus. For tickets/more info, click here.