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Orcutt native Pryor Baird takes the stage ahead of headliner Blake Shelton at California Mid-State Fair

Posted at 11:41 PM, Jul 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 10:04:07-04

On Sunday night, for the first time, Orcutt native Pryor Baird took the grandstand stage at the California Mid-State Fair.

He opened up for headliner Blake Shelton, Baird’s former singing coach.

You might remember Pryor Baird making it to the top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice” on Team Blake in 2018.

“It’s really cool, man, it’s really humbling,” said Pryor Baird, a country music artist. “It’s unreal, to be honest with you. This is, full circle, I mean this was my first concert right here and now I get to play on the main stage.”

Since his time on the hit TV show, Baird has focused his time on Nashville and making music.

His latest single called “All Over Me” came out in February.

“Blake’s band, three of the people, the backup singer, the fiddle player and the steel pedal guitar player played on the record,” said Baird.

Sunday night, he’s back with Blake.

“He is so real and genuine and there is nothing fake about his facade whatsoever,” said Baird. “When you see him, you’re like that’s exactly what I wanted you to be like, that’s exactly what I thought you would be.”

Some speculate the two country artists will collaborate in the future.

“I don’t know, stay tuned. Ask [Shelton],” said Baird.

For now, Baird says the people who supported him, hard work and being a good person got him to where he is.

“I’m getting to play guitar tonight that I’ve been trying to do my whole life on the
same stage as Blake Shelton” said Baird. “Life is good.”

If you didn’t catch Pryor Baird this weekend at the Mid-State Fair, he told KSBY he’ll be back in Santa Barbara Aug. 15 for a performance at the Red Piano on State Street.