KURT BAKER COMBO (USA/E)
After many years playing up and down, coast to coast, over the pond and beyond with his group The Leftovers, and solo group The Kurt Baker Band, rock n’ roller power pop musician Kurt Baker decided he needed a new change of scenery and packed his bags for the city of Madrid, Spain.
Landing there in 2013 after a successful tour of Spain and France with his American bandmates, Baker began playing solo acoustic gigs around the Iberian peninsula. It wasn’t long before offers were coming in to play more electric gigs in Spain, however the only problem was, Baker’s band was over 3,000 miles away.
Hence, the Kurt Baker Combo was formed, a new group consisting of Juancho Lopez on bass guitar (Paul Collins Beat, Peralta, The Crepitos), Jorge Colldan (Holy Sheep, The Flash, Señor No) on guitar and backing vocals, and Sam Malakiam on drums (Alrighters, Los Platillos Volantes). While continuing in the tradition of the power pop sound Baker has been known for, the Combo also brings in elements of Pub Rock, Garage and no holds bar wild rock n’ roll a la The MC5, The Remains, Eddie and the Hotrods and Redd Kross.
The group presented their first full length in 2015, a live album titled “Muy Mola Live”, recorded during a wild Monday night concert in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The energy and the hooks of Baker’s setlist regulars like “Don’t Go Falling In Love”, and “Everybody Knows” are pushed into the red, as well as offering new songs like the rollicking “Aorta Baby”, and the mersey beat throwback of “Tried and True”.
A tour in support of “Muy Mola Live” took the band to Italy, Holland, Norway, Sweden and many dates across Spain.
In the summer of 2015, the group began to prepare songs for their first studio full length. That album, titled “In Orbit” features 10 songs of catchy and irresistible rock n’ roll and was released on Little Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records in the fall of 2016.
In May 2018 the band released their second album “Lets go wild” on Wicked Cool.
Stay tuned for much more music, concerts and fun from the Kurt Baker Combo.
on tour: 05 – 20 January 2019
available on request!
08/12/2018 E-Leon, Purple Weekend Festival
05/01/2019 E-Vitoria Gasteiz, Helldorado
06/01/2019 E-Vic, Jazzcava
08/01/2019 F-Paris, Supersonic
09/01/2019 D-Saarbrücken, Garage (w/ Wizo)
10/01/2019 D-Heidelberg, Halle 2 (w/ Wizo)
11/01/2019 D-Stuttgart, LKA (w/ Wizo)
12/01/2019 D-Berlin, Wild at heart
13/01/2019 SWE-Malmö, Folk a Rock
15/01/2019 D-Hamburg, Hafenklang
16/01/2019 D-Köln, Sonic Ballroom
17/01/2019 D-München, Schwarzer Hahn
18/01/2019 D-Oberhausen, Emscherdamm
19/01/2019 NL-Groningen, Jagersonic
20/01/2019 F-Lille, L’Imposture
Kurt Baker – vocals, guitar
Juancho Lopez – bass guitar
Jorge Colldan – guitar and backing vocals
Sam Malakiam – drums
2015: Muy Mola Live (Live LP;CD)
2016: In Orbit (LP;CD/ Wicked Cool Records)
2018: Lets go wild (LP;CD/ Wicked Cool Records)
Wicked Cool Records