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Sam Baker

Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Sam Baker calls himself “the worst guitarist who ever stood on a public stage.” Yet, the combination of the singer-songwriter's raspy voice and simple guitar melodies "just works," according to Up to Date host Steve Kraske. Baker reflects on his personal journey and performs live at KCUR studios.

Bill Shapiro shares his favorite recordings to come along this year.  It’s a celebration of the music of 2013 this week on Cyprus Avenue. 

Mostly Willie

Oct 26, 2013

On this edition of the show, Bill Shapiro puts the spotlight Willie Nelson's new release, To All the Girls..., in which Nelson collaborates with female artists on his well-known songs.  Also featured this week, music from Raina Rose, who sang with Sam Baker recently at Cyprus Avenue's 35th Anniversary Concert.

On September 28th, Bill Shapiro celebrates his 35th Anniversary of bringing you Cyprus Avenue, with a special celebration concert at The Folly Theater.  Sam Baker will be our guest performer that night, and this week on the program, we feature Baker's music. 

Sam Baker: Say Grace

Aug 24, 2013

In the spotlight this week:  the music of Sam Baker.  Baker will perform September 28th at The Folly Theater, in the Cyprus Avenue Live celebration of our show's 35th Anniversary.   Bill Shapiro says of Sam Baker, "He sings to your soul, and it makes you feel real good." 

Sam Baker: For The Folly (Repeat 2)

Aug 18, 2012

This week's Cyprus Avenue was a repeat of the Sam Baker episode. Find the playlist for that episode here before he plays the Folly on Saturday, August 25.

Sam Baker: For The Folly (Repeat)

Jul 21, 2012

This week, Cyprus Avenue is a repeat of the June 30 episode featuring the work of Texan singer-songwriter Sam Baker. You can find that playlist here.

Sam Baker: For The Folly

Jun 30, 2012

This week's show features the songs of Sam Baker. Raised a West Texas Baptist, Baker's songwriting style has been compared to Leonard Cohen's.