FAME Review: Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson - Haunted
Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson - Haunted


Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson

Auburn Sky Records - 2012

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is an aptly named record as the music on it, like the photograph on the cover, strongly takes one to the worlds where unexplained happenings are not uncommon, and even sightings of unexplained origin are likely to take place. There is that feel of impending, simmering and dread just hanging on to the next note. There is some very effective spell casting by these two musicians, San Francisco based Jake Sampson (bass and vocals) and Matt Baxter (guitar and Dobro), who create a rich full sound that is not at all lacking. On Don't It Make You Feel Good they add Tony Coleman on drums and Dave Pellicciaro plays B3, and on Take Me Back Home, they add Simon Russell on piano. Baxter and Sampson are the authors of all of the songs on this disc.

Jake Sampson's voice is the perfect voice for this recording it is a voice that carries hints of all kinds of impending mystery. It is at times weary, scratchy and without ever raising his voice it commands the listeners' attention. This was a real pleasant surprise when it came as with an all-acoustic disc that has no gimmicks, no histrionics, or any electronic amplification it demands your attention right from the start, and holds it tight up until the last note is played.

Track List:

  • Someday
  • Dusty Mule
  • Haunted
  • Jaime Lynn
  • Same Old Pain
  • Soul
  • Don't It Make You Feel Good
  • Little Girl Gone
  • Take Me Back Home
  • Highway 54

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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