Kaitlyn Baker, the coal town girl of Pound, Va., will showcase her new single “Burn” this Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 PM at the Island in Pigeon Forge, but her flavor is sure to stick around East Tenn. for much longer.
At 19 years old, Baker’s new single is already climbing charts on country music radio stations. The song is being released alongside her signature BURN Sauce, showcased with help from the Pepper Palace, a leading hot sauce producer based out of Sevierville, Tenn. The sauce contains red habanero and chili pepper extracts, but Baker’s musical accompaniment to the product is sure to bring an even stronger heat to Pigeon Forge.
A Grandmother Scorned
“Burn’s” lyrics tell the story of a woman who “gave her heart and soul to a liar,” as the song says, and she is forced to take matters into her own hands after he cheats on her.
“For a long time, I had this lyric on the tip of my tongue: ‘The truth will stand when the world’s on fire.’ I remembered it from a sermon when I was a little girl,” Baker said. “I started thinking about how it might apply to someone who’s been cheated on, like my Mamaw, back when she was young. She kicked the guy out and went on to raise four children by herself. She won’t tolerate anyone doing something wrong. She’s such a strong woman.”
Roots Deeper Than Coal
Baker uses the influences of the important lives around her as well as her own life experiences in order to create the music that she is becoming known for. Recently, she has released the song “Coal Train,” illustrating the true impact of finding her voice in a small town based around a dangerous profession.
“The song is dedicated to my home town,” Baker told ETEB last week. “My dad and my Papaw and my uncles are all pretty much a long line of coal miners. I know how dangerous it is, and I really respect them and look up to them. It’s where I’m from.”
Baker’s roots also stretch deep into her Christianity and family-oriented outlook. Her songs often look upon the faces of her loved ones in their lyrics, as “Burn” does with her grandmother’s past, and Baker says she tries to keep a Christian feel in her songs. “That’s my roots,” she said. “That’s who I am.”
For Baker, the upcoming BURN performance at the Island will serve as a triumph on several levels. As she showcases her musical talent and unique product development, she will also be experiencing a more personal success on stage.
“My whole life I’ve always struggled with severe anxiety problems,” Baker said. “A lot of the songs I’ve written and being able to perform them is really a peace of mind for me.”
While Baker trades the mines of Pound for the busy streets of Pigeon Forge this weekend, the singer-songwriter will find a home on stage as she works to overcome her insecurities. In the meantime, Baker is also working hard to ensure that her audiences will have an enjoyable experience at the upcoming BURN Concert.
“One thing I want to say to my fans is to have a good time,” Baker said. “Music is a good way to cut loose and relax, and I want them to have a good time at the show.”
Baker’s “Burn” single can be purchased now on iTunes, and her BURN Sauce will be available for sale at this Free for All Ages event.