Acclaimed singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman will release her anticipated new album, Common Nation of SorrowMarch 31 via Signature Sounds (pre-order here). Ahead the release, “Self Made Man,” Baiman’s reinvention of John Hartford’s song of the same name, is debuting today.
Reflecting on the song, Baiman shares, “In 2019, John Hartford’s family released a posthumous collection of songs that he had never released. I was immediately enamored by a song fragment called ‘Self Made Man.’ The message of the song in conjunction with the whimsy of musical presentation spoke to me and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I decided to try and flesh out the song with additional verse lyrics, and a chorus and bridge melody.”
Produced by Baiman, mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit) and recorded at The Tractor Shed outside of Nashville, Common Nation of Sorrow offers an assessment of the country’s current state, telling stories of American capitalism and the individual and communal devastation it manifests. Across the record’s ten tracks, Baiman highlights these shared experiences with the hope they will become a tool for activism.
“My generation has had to wake up to the intensity of our own economic oppression,” Baiman reflects. “The reality is that the vast majority of us are being taken advantage of by the same brutal economic and political systems. Maybe that shared oppression is a place in which we can meet and fight back.”
In addition to Baiman, Common Nation of Sorrow also features Riley Calcagno (acoustic guitar, banjo), Miles Miller (drums – Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers), Josh Oliver (acoustic guitar, electric guitar- Watchhouse), Ashleigh Caudill (bass), Adam Chaffins (bass), Anthony De Costa (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Lauren Horbal (drums), and Tristan Scroggins (mandolin), and was recorded by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Sean Sullivan, known for his work with Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers.
In celebration of the release, Baiman will embark on an extensive headline tour this spring including shows at Nashville’s Basement East, Milwaukee’s High Noon Saloon, Minneapolis’ Cedar Cultural Center, Denver’s Swallow Hill, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, Cambridge’s Club Passim, Washington, DC’s Pearl Street Warehouse and Brooklyn’s Owl Music Parlor among many others. She will also perform several shows in the U.K. in March. See below for complete itinerary. Full details can be found at www.rachelbaiman.com/tour.

Photo credit: Natia Cinco
Raised in Chicago, Baiman moved to Nashville at age eighteen with the dream of becoming a professional fiddle player, before falling in love with songwriting. In the years since, she’s released two acclaimed full-length records—2021’s Cycles and her 2017 debut, Shame, of which NPR Music praised, “wry truth-telling…a jaunty banjo figure bobs above a strolling folk-rock groove and sets a playful tone, while her lyrics, delivered with reedy, willful nonchalance, critique the merging of religious, moral and political influence.” Additionally, Vice’s Noisey declared, “Shame will have you flipping authority off one song at a time.” In addition to her own releases, Baiman continues to work as a musician in a variety of forms, with credits including session and live side-person work for Kacey Musgraves, Amy Ray, Kevin Morby, Kelsey Waldon and Molly Tuttle among many others.
1. Some Strange Nation
2. Annie
3. Self Made Man
4. She Don’t Know What to Sing About Anymore
5. Lovers and Leavers
6. Bad Debt
7. Old Songs Never Die
8. Bitter
9. Old Flame
10. Ways of the World
January 24—Biddulph, UK—St. Lawrence’s Parish Church*
January 25—London, UK—Kings Place*
January 26—Bury, UK—The Met*
March 8—Glasgow, UK—Centre for Contemporary Arts
March 9—Lerwick, UK—The Mareel
March 11—Newcastle, UK—Cluny 2
March 12—Shrewsbury, UK—The Hive
March 14—Birmingham, UK—Kitchen Garden Café
March 15—Leicester, UK—The Musician
March 16—Manchester, UK—Gullivers
March 17—Shipley, UK—Caroline Street Social Club
March 18—Selby, UK—Selby Town Hall
March 19—London, UK—Green Note
March 20—Bristol, UK—The Wardrobe Theatre
March 29—Greenville, SC—The Radio Room
March 31—Jacksonville, FL—The Blue Jay
April 1—Tampa, FL—The Attic
April 5—Nashville, TN—The Basement East
April 6—Decatur, GA—Eddie’s Attic
April 8—Durham, NC—The Pinhook
April 12—Madison, WI—High Noon Saloon
April 13—Milwaukee, WI—Anodyne Coffee
April 14—Berwyn, IL—Fitzgerald’s‡
April 15—Minneapolis, MN—Cedar Cultural Center
April 16—Appleton, WI—Appleton Beer Factory
April 18—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark
April 19—Columbus, OH—Rambling House
April 20—Newport, KY—Southgate House Revival
May 3—Wayne, PA—118 North
May 4—Washington, DC—Pearl Street Warehouse
May 5—Cambridge, MA—Club Passim
May 6—Brooklyn, NY—The Owl
May 11—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern
May 12—Prosser, WA—Brewminatti
May 13—Portland, OR—Polaris Hall
May 20—Monticello, KY—Sleeping in the Woods Festival
May 25—Denver, CO—Swallow Hill
May 27—Colorado Springs, CO—MeadowGrass Music Festival
*supporting Sierra Hull



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