From KaiL Baxley
California blues singer KaiL Baxley hails from the small backwater town of Williston-Elko, South Carolina. A town so small in fact that most people in S.C don't even know where it is, much less the rest of the world. It's only clam to fame is Soul legend James Brown, with whom Baxley shared an unlikely friendship as a child. Perhaps this was one of the leading influences in Baxley's Soul drenched music. Or perhaps it was the similar circumstances in witch they were raised that fuels such deep emotion in an individual.
KaiL’s debut effort, Heatstroke/The Wind and the War”, was presented as a double EP. Displaying the yin and yang of his musical range. A surprise nominee for NPR's Album Of The Year, it received much critical acclaim, that included debuts at Folk Alliance and SXSW, where Baxley was tapped as, “One of NPR’s top new artists at SXSW.” by All Songs Considered.”
His voice falls some where between Joe Cocker and Bill Withers with a husky authority. "The guy is a whiz-bang folkie-turned-soul-rocker and has a voice which can make you dance or which melts butter, depending upon the tune." -Frank Gutch Jr. / Segarini