Trail Mix goes on the road with singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter.Imaginary Man, the brand new long player from Nashville based singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter, hits the streets this Friday, August 14th.Music fans first took note of Baxter in 2010, when he was featured in Caitlin Rose’s “Shanghai Cigarettes.” Since then, Baxter has established himself as a captivating songwriter and performer in his own rite.Already awash with critical acclaim since his debut release in 2012, feathers & fishHooks, it is easy to predict that more buzz is coming Baxter’s way once listeners take in Imaginary Man. His stock is going to soar.Baxter has been a busy man lately, blending a calendar full of his own dates with a slew of opening dates for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. I recently caught up with him to chat about life on the road.BRO – Stage you haven’t played that you would love to play?RB – Red Rocks. My first show there was Phil Lesh & Friends, Rainbow Paper, and Samantha the Hippie. We watched from maybe fifty rows up. Since then I’ve been to a few more shows there and it’s always mesmerizing. I’d like to see what it’s like from the other side.BRO – Any pre-show rituals?RB – I don’t have any rituals. Sometimes I’ll take a shot of whiskey and drink a Stella Artois. Some nights I’ll smoke a little hash before we play. Some nights I’ll drink orange juice and eat spicy Thai food. I do a vocal warm up before every show, though. It’s smart to keep the voice in good working shape when out on the road. The poor thing takes a beating.BRO – One item that you can’t leave home for the road without?RB – The Golden Eagle, my favorite guitar pedal. It’s my heart for the time being, a sweet and crunchy power monster that makes my guitar sound awesoooooome.BRO – Three items you would love to add to your rider?RB – A puppy for each show that we could hang with, a masseuse and acupuncture specialist, and lobster rolls.BRO – In the van – NPR? Satellite radio? iPod?RB – No music through the van speakers because they don’t work. When it comes to headphones, I listen to my Rain, Rain app. It puts me to sleep. I prefer the airplane sound. We do jam Terrapin Station daily from the speaker box, just to get us tapped into Jerry for a bit.BRO – Favorite on stage libation?RB – Whiskey and water.BRO – City you have played that made you think, “Yeah, I could live here.”?RB – Berlin. I was just there a month ago on tour and I had three incredible nights. I met a group of amazing Iranian musicians and we sat in this tiny, smoky room just off the sidewalk and I listened to them sing the most beautiful Iranian melodies. It’s hard to describe with words, but I definitely had a moment where I could’ve been there for a long time.You can catch Rayland Baxter out in California this weekend. He’ll be joining Grace Potter at the Henry Fonda Theater in L.A. on August 13th and 14th before heading to Oakland and the Fox Theater on August 15th. Later this month, Rayland returns to the Southeast, with dates in Kentucky and Tennessee on the calendar.Imaginary Man, the brand new record, drops on Friday. For more information on how you can get a copy, surf over to www.raylandbaxter.com.Make sure you take a listen to “Yellow Eyes” on this month’s Trail Mix. Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson.
Press Association Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in dramatic circumstances after looking to have let a fourth European Tour victory slip from his grasp. “I t’s like I am dreaming but I don’t want anyone to wake me up,” added Kjeldsen, who has not played in the Open since it was last held at St Andrews in 2010. Pepperell had set the clubhouse target on two under after a remarkable bogey-free 69, with Wiesberger missing from eight feet for birdie on the 18th in his closing 73. Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello missed out on the play-off – and with it a place in the Open – after a bogey on the 18th, with Hatton alongside Cabrera-Bello on one under after a par on the last in a closing 74. “I played really well, no question, but I had to putt really, really well,” Pepperell said. “All four days have been tough, so while today was very difficult it did not feel that different to the first three days. “I said to myself anything in the 60s was a really good score and it was a great round of golf.” Only five players finished under par after a testing week which saw tournament host and world number one Rory McIlroy miss the cut after rounds of 80 and 71. “I am very proud to be associated with what has been an incredible event,” McIlroy said. “To bring this tournament to Northern Ireland and see the amount of people who came out to support the event and the foundation as well was brilliant.” Speaking about securing his Open debut, Pepperell added: “It’s great. It didn’t cross my mind until I walked off the 18th and my caddie told me. That’s a real bonus. I know my dad and a few friends had already planned to go there regardless. “Having never played an Open before, for my first one to be St Andrews is going to be quite special and the fact that we play there every year (in the Dunhill Links Championship) can only help. I’ll go there pretty confident.” The players returned to the par-five 18th for sudden death and, after finding the green in two and seeing his opponents fail to make birdie, Kjeldsen two-putted from 25 feet, although his birdie attempt did a full circuit of the hole before dropping. “Three weeks ago I was 112th in the Order of Merit and my game was not in good shape,” Kjeldsen said. “With turning 40 (a fortnight ago) you wonder was that it? Now I am standing here and it’s pretty remarkable really.” Kjeldsen, whose last win came in the Open de Andalucia in 2009, admitted he was feeling the pressure after his two-shot overnight lead disappeared on the first hole, which he bogeyed and playing partner Max Kieffer birdied. The 40-year-old also bogeyed the second but with the tough conditions sending scores soaring, a run of five pars was enough to put Kjeldsen back in front before a double bogey on the eighth, where his first chip failed to reach the green and came back to his feet. “The last breath I took was on about the 14th,” added Kjeldsen, who reclaimed the lead with his only birdie of the day on the 12th. “I have never been as nervous as this in the other tournaments I have won. “I had decided not to look at leaderboards but once I started dropping shots I started looking because it gave me a little pleasure that I wasn’t the only one struggling because it was such a brutal day. ” I was leaking shots left, right and centre but made a great up and down on 15 and the three-wood second shot in the play-off was pretty special.” Kjeldsen also claimed one of the three places available in the Open Championship to players finishing in the top 10 who were not already exempt, with Pepperell and Tyrrell Hatton taking the others. Kjeldsen took a two-shot lead into the final round and was one ahead with two holes remaining despite being four over par for the day as the players battled heavy showers and winds gusting up to 40mph at Royal County Down. A three-putt bogey on the 17th left Kjeldsen needing to birdie the last to win, but after chipping from one side of the green off the other, he did well to get up and down for par and a closing 76 to join England’s Eddie Pepperell and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger in a play-off.