By Mark A. Diaz
Local contestant of The Voice, Pryor Baird returns to familiar stomping grounds on the Central Coast. Baird made it into the top 8 of the singing competition show before being eliminated.
Baird said that even though no one was musically inclined in his family he started playing guitar when he was two and a half years old. A regular at Mango’s Saloon and Restaurant located at 359 W Grand Ave, Grover Beach, Baird performed every Thursday night for years. Not wanting to have any regrets in his life, the musician headed off to Nashville in 2011.
“I packed up my [stuff] and drove to Nashville in a 2003 Ford F150 with ten guitars, one suitcase, one amplifier and a bed strapped to the back of my truck,” said Baird.
The star said that his biggest takeaway from The Voice is that he does not have to work a traditional job anymore and gets to play music full-time.
“It was fun,” said Baird. “It was intimidating sometimes when you have to rehearse a brand new song with a band that you never played with that are all just unbelievably amazing.”
Fans will be glad to hear that Baird said that Voice coach and country music sensation Blake Sheldon is a good guy on and off camera.
“Blake is awesome,” said Baird, “Awesome – genuinely a great guy.”
Baird plans to return to Nashville and continue his musical career. He will play at Mongo’s on Friday, August 31 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at my805tix.com