Baytown kicks off tour tonight

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Band blends variety of sounds

The members of Baytown released their long-awaited second album, “Island,” early this week, and will kick off an Atlantic Canadian tour with a show at The Ship tonight.

St. John’s band Baytown.

Describing their sound as “groovin’ island pop,” the members of Baytown blend jazz, funk, reggae, ska and rock to create melodies and driving beats.

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Cooke, bassist James Lee Wright and guitarist Mike Dinn met at a skate park as kids and have been friends ever since, performing music together from the age of 13. Sax player Greg Bruce is the newest member of the band.

“Island” was created via email and phone, with Cooke living part-time in Toronto.

“I really do think we’re sounding better than ever,” Wright said. “We’re more devoted and professional and that, combined with our business side and a budget, thanks to the City of St. John’s and MusicNL, has made this a great album.”

“Our style of music has evolved through writing songs as a band,” added Cooke. “Having Greg on board for this album has really focused our sound in a fresh way.”

In addition to the gig at The Ship, Baytown will perform a free show at Fred’s Records on Duckworth Street Saturday at 2 p.m. After that, it’s on to shows in Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax and Yarmouth.

See a video of Baytown’s single “Oasis” online at

Organizations: The Ship

Geographic location: Toronto, Duckworth Street, Moncton Fredericton Charlottetown Sydney

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