Little Piece of Quiet
To really appreciate Chuck Baker is to see him play live. Check him out on the cool stage at a folk festival near you. Chuck has opened for a long list of Canadian treasures including The Rheostatics, Catherine Wheatley, Wendell Ferguson, Craig Cardiff, The Silver Hearts, David Francey and Fred Eaglesmith. In 2006, Baker released his first independent recording a little piece of quiet. His song On the Radio has earned him several radio spotlights on Collingwood's The Peak FM Northern Tracks, as well as appearances on Roger's Cable Simcoe Living and Daytime. Baker recently won first place in the 2006 Collingwood Live Songwriter's Showdown. Baker has also been a featured performer at the Orillia Folk Society's Diamonds in the Ruff songwriter's showcase series and Collingwood's Songwriter's Stage since 2003. This new album and live show has earned him a spot at this season's Mariposa Folk Festival. Chuck Baker's music has been described as many things, but for Baker it's just being honest that counts. His long awaited first album a little piece of quiet is just that. "It's an honest record. It's all about meaning it", he explains. "Tom Waits, for instance - when he sings the line 'I love you', he sells it because he means it. And what made Johnny Cash so great? He meant it. I choose my lyrics carefully, and I try to mean what I sing. I think we're all just trying to write good songs." Chuck Baker is currently head of Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts and Music at Stayner Collegiate Institute in Stayner, Ontario.