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ACL Fest Day 4.3: The Lucky Ones

Michael Barnes

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 11, 2013

They should be called the Lucky Ones. Drew Walker and Taylor Baker are in an Austin band called, temporarily, Taylor Baker. Walker, 23, from Houston and graduate of Texas State in business marketing, plays guitar and trumpet. Baker, also 23, grew up in Austin, attended Lake Travis High, studies communications at St. Ed’s and contributes banjo, guitar and lead vocals. They played an unofficial ACL set last night at a venue on South Lamar Boulevard. Walker: “We are working on a new name.” Baker: “We play a combination of folk and soul with some indie sounds.” Their luck grows. They won their ACL VIP wristbands from the festival website. “I submitted without really thinking anything of it and we won,” Baker says. Walker: “We already had tickets for last week, so we sold them.” Not long ago, they topped the talent-based American Songwriter Durango Sole Performer Contest by sending in videos of their act created by the Sessions and putting a profile up on SongSpace. They won $10,000, a Taylor guitar, Durango boots, Durango wardrobe, a trip to Nashville, a songwriting session with Carnival Music, feedback from Sony Records and Red Light Music, plus a Sennheiser microphone. Pretty cool. Thursday night, they won again: Tickets to Local Natives at ACL Live. “I was about to pay $180 for tickets and some random lady just walked up and handed us a pair,” Walker says. “What is going on here?” In yet another coincidence, the happy couple had met at a Local Natives show during SXSW — and they had just seen the act again on the field just before we met. The Lucky Ones.