Much of Jessie Baylin's ethereal, emotionally gripping new album Dark Place was inspired by her journey into motherhood. You'll hear some of those songs when she headlines her first Musicians Corner this Saturday. We chatted with the Nashville-based singer-songwriter about her favorite festival experience, dancing to Steely Dan and more.
What can we expect from your set at Musicians Corner?
An even number of songs from Little Spark and Dark Place. I am extra excited for this show because The Watson Twins will be joining me to sing on stage. We met while I was recording Little Spark in Los Angeles and they provided the dreamy back up vocals on the album. They are now more than just my girlfriends, they are family to me.
What's been your favorite festival experience?
Austin City Limits is hard to beat for me. I love Austin, Texas and its a nice feeling to be able to spend the day out in the field and then return to your hotel room at night for a delicious meal and a hot bath.
Where are some your favorite places to eat and drink and hang in Nashville?
Drinks at Hermitage Hotel if i’m feeling classy. Drinks at Tin Dog Tavern if i’m feeling crass. My favorite place to eat in town is City House, and i love happy hour at Sperry’s in Belle Meade.
Have you been to Musicians Corner yet?
Yes, I went for the first time this past spring to watch my friend Ben Kweller perform! I was blown away by how many people were in the park enjoying the music with their families, eating from the food trucks and enjoying the adult beverages. It was such a lovely experience that I immediately wanted to be a part of the fall schedule.
What’s the last good concert you’ve been to? Tell us about it.
I watched Steely Dan at Ascend Amphitheater and I have to say it was one of the greatest shows i’ve been to in a long time. Walter Becker has this little rap/speech thing that he does during “Hey Nineteen” at the beginning of the set and he told us that they were going with all the hits. And that they did. I never stopped dancing and it was just an infectious night of joy listening to the music I cut my teeth to.