Rayland Baxter Opens Up About Mac Miller's Impact On Him | Newport Folk 2019
Rayland Baxter remembers the exact moment he heard Mac Miller for the first time. It was after his own set at the 2016 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival in Florida when he followed a crowd to the main stage and witnessed Miller's stage magic.
"I didn't know who Mac Miller was and he came out with so much energy and he had 50 thousand people—I don't know 40 thousand people, it doesn't matter, many thousands, elevating with him," the alternative country singer told the Recording Academy. "I was moved. I had not had a moment like that in a long time with a musician, with a show."
He would go on to purchase Miller's third studio album, 2015's GO:OD AM. Later, he would plan and record a tribute to the late rapper, an EP called good mmornin, which he dropped just a few days ago, on July 26.
While on the road at Newport Folk Festival, Baxter sat down with the Recording Academy to delve further into the impact Miller had on him and why he finds Newport so special.