He began life as a Georgia Satellite. No, the Georgia Satellite. But in recent times, Dan Baird has made his mark as a solo artist. In the process Baird has been one of those responsible for bringing both cowpunk and alt-country to people’s attention, as he’s honed his approach to music, adapting country, blues, rock and punk to suit his own needs.
After founding the Georgian Satellites in 1980 and helping to shape their successful run during the latter part of that decade, Baird left in 1990 to pursue his own musical aspirations. His debut solo album, 1992’s ‘Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired’, set the template for what has happened in the Baird universe ever since. It’s got sizzling blues, lean rock ‘n’ roll, energetic punk and groovesome outlaw country, all clinging to a lyrical approach that’s got a twisted humour.
By 2005, Baird had formed his own band, Homemade Sin. And has both recorded and toured ever since with various line-ups. Currently, he’s joined by drummer Mauro Magellan (who was also a member of the Satellites in their heyday), guitarist Warren H. Hodges (a member of Jason & The Scorchers) and bassist Micke Nilsson.
Live, the band perform a mix of songs from the Baird solo years, plus some of the big favourites from the Georgia Satellites catalogue. The band’s most recent album, ‘Get Loud’ (2015) punctuates a crisp flow, with some blazing energy, which mirrors what Homemade Sin do onstage.
Baird, who confesses a love for the Small Faces and Humble Pie, is an individual purposefully and confidently inspired by Steve Marriott – and paying fitting tribute to his legacy.
I Love You Period’, ‘The One I Am’, ‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself’
His Finest Hour
‘Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired’ 1992
Baird infuses the Satellites classic with his own energy at Sweden Rock in 2009