TENDER MERCIES: Songs and Stories From Our American Roots: Sam Baker
Friday, July 22, 2016
After almost being killed in a 1986 Peruvian train bombing, Sam Baker has taken time to heal and reconnect with himself—much of which was done through art, poetry, and music. Filled with gratitude and a renewed sense of positivity, Baker’s art and music is simple, pure and full of life. Based in Austin, TX, Sam’s 2013 album Say Grace made the Rolling Stones's list for the top 10 country music albums of 2013.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film Tender Mercies, written by the great American storyteller Horton Foote and starring Robert Duvall & Ellen Barkin, the festival will feature artists who celebrate colorful American stories and songs about people on the margins, often seeking a second chance. Echoing the musical interests of the younger generation in The Sheen Center's neighborhood, the festival also fits this year's mission to explore mercy and forgiveness as part of Pope Francis' "Year of Mercy," alongside other programming such as the sold-out engagement of David Mamet's The Anarchist and the current gallery exhibit Die Jim Crow featuring art from prison inmates.