Bakerfield are an acoustic duo from Staffordshire, formed in 2010 after spending many years paying their dues in various musical fields.
Loraine Baker (Vocals, Double Bass, Guitar) has forged a career as a formidable Double Bass player, in bands such as ‘The Bluebirds Cajun Band’, ‘Baker’s Fabulous Boys’ Bluegrass band , ‘Hackney Ramblers’ Cajun band, ‘Chank a Chank’ Cajun band, ‘The Southgators’ and ‘Shake the Roots’.
She has also earned a reputation as a fine vocalist with a singular voice that commands the attention of audiences everywhere, and she plays acoustic guitar to supplement the dynamic sound of this duo.
As well as recording with her own bands Loraine has also appeared on CD’s of other artists, most recently Folk artist Brian Peters’ Cd’s ‘Songs of Trial and Triumph’and ‘Gritstone Serenade’.
Pete Wakefield (Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica) was, for several years, a member of Bob Dylan tribute band ‘With Bob on Our Side’ and is currently Lead Vocalist and Guitarist with ‘Shake the Roots’.
A large chunk of ‘Bakerfield’s’ material consists of Pete’s original work, his song writing covering just about all areas from the surreal ‘Don’t Move, There’s a Penguin in the Bed’ to the topical ‘The Man on the Street Died Today’ to the touchingly confessional ‘Boy in the Bubble’.
Also included in their repertoire are songs from American Folk artists including Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Mark Erelli and Chuck Brodsky.
‘Bakerfield’ have quickly become known as an extremely entertaining duo, having their audiences reeling with laughter one minute and moved to tears the next; why not come along to their next gig; you won’t be disappointed!