Fans and media alike are buzzing about the recent release of John Baumann’s latest project and new album PROVING GROUNDS, which he put out independently June 9. Hailed as a “Texas Troubadour on the Rise” and an “artist to watch” by Wide Open Country, the guitarist-singer-songwriter is currently touring in support of his latest effort across his home state through the summer.
“This record feels like a coming of age project for me,” explains Baumann, “It’s the first project I’ve done that stands up on its own two feet, from the opening track to the closer. I couldn’t be more proud of it.” Adding, “I think it will resonate with anyone who has experienced new love, loss, and growing up.”
Baumann’s fourth release and second full album, PROVING GROUNDS was recorded in Austin, TX. Writing the entire album himself, apart from his cover of Aaron Lee Tasjan’s “The Trouble With Drinkin’,” it features 11 songs including the poignant “Old Stone Church” where he describes the loss of his father to cancer. The track has already earned “Best Song of 2017” from Saving Country Music. Arguably his most mature and emotionally-stirring material yet, Texas Music Pickers praises, “The originality of Baumann, his sound, and this record is undeniable and proves he belongs in the ranks of Texas’ best songwriters,” while Lonestar Magazine hails, “Too soon for accolades? Nah. More like right on time. And so long as he keeps gunning for the horizon and doesn’t succumb to the middle of the road, there oughta be a lot more of ’em coming not too far down the line.”
Produced by Justin Pollard (also drummer for fellow Texas artist Pat Green), the band was a mix of several notable studio musicians along with his longtime guitar and steel player Nick Gardner, featuring Cody Braun (Reckless Kelly), Michael Ramos (Shawn Colvin, Los Lonely Boys), Brad Rice (Keith Urban) and Nate Coon (Aaron Watson).
Baumann, who is from San Antonio and based in Austin, is currently making his rounds on tour in and out of Texas through the end of the year.