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LAist Interview: Jessie Baylin

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When you see singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin perform, there's something familiar about her. Sure, it could be the fact that her posters now grace the bulletin boards of many local Starbucks, or it might be because she's been a regular at local venues such as the Hotel Cafe and the Mint. Then again, maybe it's just the fact that Baylin seems to be an old soul. Though still in her early 20s, she's already so at ease on the stage that she'll throw off her shoes to give a barefoot performance, or mix things up with a rousing cover of "Rocky Raccoon." You never know what to expect, and her smoky, welcoming voice usually holds some surprises in store.

LAist was fortunate enough to sit down with her between sets of the Hotel Cafe Tour. And it was just in time, because with a new tour including a gig at the Roxy this Friday and her first major record label release next month, things aren't going to slow down anytime soon for Baylin.

LAist: Your new record, Firesight, will be released on June 24. That's a great name for an album. Can you tell me the story behind it?

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Jessie Baylin: Many years ago, my grandparents came over from Italy and opened a restaurant. My dad lived above it when he grew up, and he later inherited it, and I lived there for the first three years of my life. It was a jazz bar as well and it was called "Linda's Fire Site Inn." I just feel like the name represents me, my past, where I came from and where my sensibilities are rooted—in the culture of being at the Fire Site Inn with the people, the food and a lot of passion.

Jessie Baylin - "The Glitter"