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Carley Baer- guitar, vocals, looping station, guitar-as-hand-drum
About the ArtistCarley Baer is not your average chick with a guitar.
She has a confessional writing style that is introspective rather than imperative, but what this songstress has going for her most is her voice. Alternating between soft subtlety and brazen belting, she possesses a range that most singer/songwriters only dream about.
Music was a huge part of her life beginning in the early 80s, as she grew up figuring her way around a 20-key Casio keyboard. Once her musical tendency was made apparent, she was encouraged to play the violin; however, she politely declined the study, and instead set to teaching herself the guitar.
Now, almost a decade later (and several hundred live performances around the country), Carley has drawn a definite bead on her natural style. Once consumed by the stereotypical girl-with-guitar-sings-unrequited-love-songs mania, she has evolved into a rational, self-examining storyteller. She explores everything from traveling by train due to an all-consuming fear of flying, to working dead-end retail jobs, to pondering how life might be different if she were a squirrel or jellyfish. She dedicates entire songs to "bunny pigs," and bookends every performance with a self-depricating humor that endears her to all who cross her path.
She has self-released two albums and is eagerly anticipating the release of her third, due (hopefully) by the end of this year.
PA system, boom mic stand
Top 10 in Folk, July 2011
Top 40 in Folk, May 2011