There seems to be a trend with songs that discuss gasoline in Texas country - they’re usually all great songs. “Dreams and Gasoline” by Rob Baird was my first introduction to this very talented singer/songwriter.
Around a month ago Baird was put on my radar after hearing some of his music on 95.9 the Ranch (Texas Radio Station known for Texas and Red Dirt Country Music) and I have been a listener ever since. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he had relocated to the great state of Texas to continue his growth as an Americana/Country musician.
I find his music to be nicely varied and can easily be tailored for most moods I have. “Dreams and Gasoline” is an upbeat tempo song that I have enjoyed quite a bit as I have listened to his music. One of the songs that really gets me going is “Could Have Been My Baby” off his 2010 album, “Blue Eyed Angels.” This is such a darn good song and starts off pretty mildly. You can sense that there is going to be a moment where it suddenly hits. And it is just glorious when it does at the 40 second mark and brings the sound up a few levels.
In 2016 Baird came out with a new album, “Wrong Side of the River” which I have enjoyed listening to. I love the first track, “Ain’t Nobody Got a Hold on Me.” The guitar in the song has such a great sound with the organ bringing in some great flavors as well. He slows it down a couple times and sings with the thumping of the drum in the background while the guitar plucks quickly before rolling right back into the song full steam. I love the variation as it keeps my attention and creates different melodic moments in the song. Think about how plain and simple mainstream music typically is and you’ll clearly hear the difference.
The slower paced “Run of Good Luck” gives hints that there is always a yearning in us to take a chance and see what else the world as to offer. I often find myself craving to explore the country and see what else this great nation holds. Sometimes we find ourselves concerned with making wrong choices and the fear of experiencing uncertain things. I have begun to learn myself that we our most often the box that holds our own self hostage. Our future is full of endless possibilities if we just take a step and want things bad enough. I also would encourage you to check out his other songs “Oklahoma,” “Cowboy Cliche,” and “Mississippi Moon.”
I am not some song analyzing machine and often find it difficult to do such. What I do have is an ear for someone that sings genuinely and has something unique to bring to the table. Rob Baird does just that with this exceptional album, “Wrong Side of the River.”
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