Fresh Tracks: Adam Baxter

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There are those who would claim isolation shaped or moulded them into who and what they are, whether positive or negative. Adam Baxter grew up on a dairy farm in Middleton, N.S. — not so isolated that he was bereft of human contact, but he was isolated from a nurturing musical community to help shape his creativity. He had his friends and family supporting him through the multi-band phase of his youth, but when he decided to move to St. John’s to pursue a bachelor degree in classical music, he found that musical community.

Fast forward several years. Baxter has independently released several official albums and a slew of giveaway singles, completed his bachelor degree with a focus on composition, continues to host and book one of the most successful and long-running weekly songwriters’ nights in St. John’s and toured halfway across the continent and back several times. Not too shabby for a kid from the farm.

Baxter’s music is a blend of multiple genres, from his early punk and metal days to his use of pop music idioms and classical structures and moods. Mashing up the styles of folks such as Elton John, The Ramones, Glen Hansard and Dashboard Confessional, he blends humour with pathos in an emotional way audiences always connect to. CLICK HERE to listen to “I Call This Home.”

Geographic location: Middleton

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