Artist of the day: Peter Baldwin
Peter Baldwin captures crowds with just a guitar and voice, and not in a cringe-inducing, look-at-me-I'm-the-next-John Mayer way. He sings with an intimate, raw style revealed through hushed tones, naked vulnerability and an intense, delicate vibrato.
Live, he stops crowds in their tracks. Before you think he's too sappy, he surprises you with his cover of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and originals that warm listeners of all ages.
Baldwin returns to Crowbar in Tampa New Year's Eve (with GreyMarket and other artists, $5; click here for details) and took some time to talk with Julie Garisto about how seriously he takes his music.
""Truth is, I take everything very seriously, especially emotions. Humor is just my way of avoiding that, I suppose. And it keeps me interested in what I'm saying to use wit. Keeps everyone interested, and alive, and leaving the show with good feelings. I just want my music to make fat, happy babies."
-- Photo by Kaitlyn Chick.