Rob Baird was born in Memphis, got educated in Fort Worth, developed his songwriting in Nashville and was reborn in Austin.
Unlike his heroes, the 28-year-old Baird decided he’d had enough of Nashville after signing to Carnival Music and releasing I Swear It’s The Truth in 2012. Baird had a home at the label and publishing company founded by fellow Texan Frank Liddell until he decided he “had no interest in competing with the country-pop stars and trying to dance around.”
Now he’s ready to release Wrong Side Of The River, “a 10-track gut punch of blues-drenched, storyteller-crisp autobiography derived from chasing miles of dreams.” The project’s first song, “Ain’t Nobody Got A Hold On Me,” showcases Baird’s ability to be subtle about his own situation through an elaborate metaphor and thoroughly un-minced words.
He’s been building his fanbase throughout the Southeast and Texas. With a refocused goal and a new album finished out of a north Austin garage, Rob Baird has a shot to tackle Texas and beyond with a sound he’s proud of.
He sounds like: A cross between Jason Isbell and Randy Rogers with a smoother voice.
Key track: “Aint’ Nobody Got A Hold On Me” is his first new track since leaving Nashville and clever metaphor weaving a familiar tale with his personal experiences.