Video Premiere: Sam Baker — “isn’t love great”

Juli Thanki | August 21st, 2013

sambakerphotobyChrislynLawrenceToday we’re proud to premiere Texas singer-songwriter Sam Baker’s new video for “isn’t love great,” a song from his new, self-produced, self-released album say grace (out August 27), a no-frills collection that’ll appeal to fans of artists like John Prine and John Fullbright.

“isn’t love great” resides far from the coiffed hair and capped teeth you’ll find on country music television, as Baker’s weathered voice describes the partnership between a disabled first grade teacher and the man she calls her pimp, two people who have built a life from dancing, strange terms of endearment, and occasional fishnets-and-leather hijinks when the kids are out of the house.

Says Baker, “‘isn’t love great’ [is] a love song. A couple in love invents their own language. Calling someone a gimp means ‘I love you.’ Calling someone a fat man may not mean a man is fat.  It means he is loved. It gets complex. It is not wise for an outsider, however, to use the same language when addressing either of the couple.”

  1. Donald
    August 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Not sure how strongly I feel about this particular Sam Baker song, but I love his voice, his approach to songs, and his attitude. If you aren’t familiar with SB, check out “Waves” here and go from there; a different stage of a couple’s relationship. Brilliant, IMO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4WtusViObA

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