|The Bakerton Group|
|Origin||Lewistown, Maryland, USA|
|Genres||Blues Rock, Stoner Rock, Psychedelic Rock|
|Years active||1999 - Present|
|Labels||Weathermaker, River Road, Emetic|
|Associated acts||Clutch, The Company Band, Opeth, Candlemass|
The Bakerton Group is an instrumental blues jam band and the side project of the blues rock outfit Clutch. They incorporate elements of blues-rock, psychedelic rock, and jazz. Since their inception The Bakerton Group has produced three releases and performed sporadically.
The band is currently composed of all four members of the rock band Clutch (Tim Sult, Dan Maines, Jean-Paul Gaster, Neil Fallon) and has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Taking a sidestep from the traditional Clutch sound, The Bakerton Group focuses on the instrumental talents of its members with songs of a psychedelic, groovy, "jazz-infected" feel.
The Bakerton Group was formed in 1999 and their first release came in 2001 with the 3-track EP Space Guitars, made available as a free download on the official Clutch website. The band's earliest known show was at Futility Fest in Youngstown, Ohio in October 2003. The band would perform in the United States and Canada in 2004
In August 2006, the band began recording new material for their first full-length release at the Magpie Cage in Baltimore. J. Robbins of Jawbox fame produced the album, which incorporated a new member, Mick Schauer, to play the Hammond organ. On October 2007, over a year after recording began, the eponymous album was released. The band toured the US and Australia alongside their main band Clutch.
On February 17, 2009, The Bakerton Group released El Rojo. Also produced by Robbins, it is the band's first release on the Weathermaker Music label. After Schauer left the group in 2007, Per Wiberg of Opeth served as replacement on keyboards, organ, and synthesizers. The band toured the United States and Europe in support of the record with another tour in 2010 alongside Clutch. Since then the project has been inactive.
- Space Guitars (2001, River Road)
- The Bakerton Group (2007, Emetic)
- El Rojo (2009, Weathermaker)
- Neil Fallon - Guitar (1999 - 2010)
- Tim Sult - Guitar (1999 - 2010)
- Dan Maines - Bass (1999 - 2010)
- Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums (1999 - 2010)
- Mick Schauer - Organ (1999 - 2007)
- Per Wiberg - Organ (2007 - 2010)