Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker is taking some time between national and international tours to play a show in his home state of Texas. Baker was once thought of by some as "the best kept secret in Texas," finding his highest popularity in the coffee houses, pubs and concert halls of Europe.
But since being featured on NPR's Fresh Air with an hour-long interview with Terry Gross, the secret is out.
In today's world of violence and terrorism against the innocent, NPR's interest in Baker is easy to understand. He was traveling on a bus to Machu Pichu in Peru in 1986 when the bus exploded. He and the other passengers were victims of the Shining Path terrorist organization. Baker survived that incident, but just barely. Many others did not. He suffered life-threatening injuries, and even today deals with loss of hearing and mobility. But his artistic response to what happened to him is inspiring.
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk St.
Houston, TX 77098
$25 in advance; $28 at the door.
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