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As a fan of Lake Charles native Lucinda Williams, Geoff Baker said he is excited to be able to visit her hometown. (Special to the American Press)

As a fan of Lake Charles native Lucinda Williams, Geoff Baker said he is excited to be able to visit her hometown. (Special to the American Press)

Geoff Baker making Stellar Beans stop on first US tour

Last Modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 2:03 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

A little piece of California is coming to Stellar Beans when singer-songwriter Geoff Baker performs this weekend at 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday for brunch.

“I started playing guitar when I was about 14. I borrowed one from some friends of the family, and it just never found its way back.”

It wasn’t until he was in his mid-twenties that he started writing his own music. Baker said he draws his influences from a range of different musicians he’s listened to throughout the years.

“I think as a sort of foundation, I’d have to say Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Mississippi John Hurt. Even the stuff I listened to in high school like Joy Division, Wire and The Jesus and Mary Chain, is still lurking in the background somewhere. More recently I’ve been gravitating towards songwriters with more detail like Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch.”

This is his first extensive tour in the United States, starting in Berkeley, Calif., and ending in Lincoln, Neb.

“I was trying to keep the driving to a minimum,” Baker said. “San Diego to Kingman (Arizona) was about a six-hour drive, and Phoenix to Albuquerque was seven. When you get off the road at the end of that, you feel both tired before playing, but then you feel a rush being out of the car and getting ready to put your guitar on.”

Though this may be his first extended US tour, he is no stranger to touring. Baker has toured the west coast and throughout Europe a few times while living in Berlin. His longest tour to date was six weeks in Europe.

Baker has performed once in New Orleans, but this will be his first time performing in Lake Charles.

He said he is excited, as a Lucinda Williams fan, to see her hometown.

“She has this one song that has the first line that says ‘he had a reason to go back to Lake Charles.’ I’ve only been in Louisiana once, and I’m just really excited to play in Lake Charles and see the rest of the state.”

For more information on Geoff Baker, visit www.geoff-baker.com.

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