Geoff Baker | Know the Rain Here

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Know the Rain Here

by Geoff Baker

Acoustic devilry, catchy tunes with sharp, bittersweet lyrics. For those who like Nick Drake, Wilco, Bob Dylan, Mary Gauthier, Elliott Smith, and Mark Eitzel
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Karma
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2. Jackhammer
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3. A Slap in the Face
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4. Dublin 1
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5. Under the Oak Tree, Behind the Stone Wall
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6. Black and Blues
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7. Just Like 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues'
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8. Locket
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9. Six-string Whispers
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10. Two Wrongs
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11. Curtain Call
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12. How I Remember You Now
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Album Notes
The reaction to "Know the Rain Here":

"a rare combination of effortless fingerpicking, mesmerizing vocals, deep lyrics and beautiful melodies"

"particularly impressive for its ability to capture his live energy and elaborate on it with delicately balanced and expansive orchestrations"

"nothing short of unforgettable"
--Jeff Lisciandrello, Upstage Magazine (NJ)

"great young US singer-songwriter"
--Time Out (London)


Geoff was born in Inglewood, California, and raised all over the place. He borrowed a guitar at the age of 14 and never really gave it back.

Songs from "Know the Rain Here," his first full-length album, have found international radio play, from Toronto to Nashville to Dublin to Berlin. Based once again in California, Geoff still plays regularly in NYC, L.A., New Jersey, and Europe.

This album reflects Geoff's diverse influences of americana, folk blues, the folk and singer-songwriter traditions, and alternative acoustic music: finger-picking somewhere in between Mississippi John Hurt and Elliot Smith, cello interventions that recall moments of Nick Drake, and multi-layered harmonies.

All of this fleshes out songs with catchy melodies, and lyrics that can occasionally floor you.


Eric Kvortek and Geoff produced, engineered and mixed at The Gasworks recording studio and in various basements in Colonia, New Brunswick, and Highland Park, New Jersey.

Alan Douches mastered at West West Side Music in Tenafly, New Jersey.

Geoff played guitars, bass, piano, harmonica, and drums, programmed drum and noise loops, and sang.

Jeff Russ played cello on "Six-string Whispers."

Molly Burke sang on "Dublin 1."


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Johnny, Hudson, NC

Fun and Feeling
Every song on this album is worthy of praise. The album is fun and emotional, and should be on the shelf of any true fan of music. Beautiful writing, soulful voice and superb presentation make this album a must-have.

...flawless songwriting...
On his break through release, "Patriot Acts," New Jersey singer-songwriter Geoff Baker brought a razor sharp wit and good-natured humor as well as a touching empathy to the folk protest song arena, elevating his songs above the standard rhetoric. These qualities permeate Geoff's latest collection of songs, "Know the Rain Here," which applies this same flawless songwriting to a wide range of areas of the human experience.

Anna Maria Stjärnell, Luna Kafé

...a sharp new voice...a strong record
Geoff Baker is a new voice to me and a sharp one at that. His words are strong on this record and the melodies memorable...

We get a tribute to Dylan's song with "Just like 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues'". Baker invites the most daunting comparison any songwriter can face with open arms. But no, he's not the new Dylan. He's himself and that's more than enough...

This is a strong record.

Kate Sikora

Like a warm cup of coffee...
...this is must have album! "Know the Rain Here" has been in the top 3 of my cd collection for the past 3 months! There isn't a bad song on it. My current favorites are "Jackhammer" and "Dublin," a song which brings me back there every time I hear it. The lyrics really grab your ear and make you want to listen and visualize. Geoff's voice is real... warm with a touch of scratchiness that gets me every time,and his harmonies are well placed and catchy (expect to find yourself humming them on line at the grocery store). Each song can stand on it's own but flow incredibly well from one to the next as a complete album. Every time it's on I feel compelled to hear it from start to finish without skipping around. Bravo Geoff!