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With Renaissance man John Dyer Baizley at the helm, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Baroness has been riffing for almost 20 years.

The band's original members included John Baizley on guitar and vocals, Brian Blickle on guitar, Summer Welch on bass, and Allen Blickle on drums. The bandmates grew up together in Lexington, Virginia, but moved to Savannah, Georgia, around the time they formed the band in the middle of 2003.

Baroness put themselves at the forefront of heavy music with their powerful, expressive, and commanding 2007 full-length debut, Red Album. The album saw the band's growth as a musical entity, with massive riffs and ethereal vocals rolling like thunder across epic songs that range from the intense to the sublime.

After a year of heavy touring, Brian Bickle left the band in 2008, and Pete Adams took his place. In 2009, the band released Blue Record, showcasing their experimentation and evolution as artists.

Baroness put their touring schedule on hold in 2011 to concentrate on recording their third studio album. In 2012, Summer Welch left the band, and Matt Maggioni came in to take his place. A few months later, they released the critically acclaimed album, Yellow & Green (2012).

On the 15th of August, 2012, tragedy struck. Toward the end of the band's European tour, the Baroness tour bus went off the road and plunged thirty feet, crashing near Bath, England. Nine people, including the band members, were on board the vehicle at the time of the crash. They were trapped inside for hours, all of them sustaining injuries. After the band members got out of the hospital, they called off all of their live shows for the rest of the year.

Baroness resumed scheduling tour dates in 2013, though the news of Blickle and Maggioni's departure came soon after. Bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson stepped in to fill their roles and made their live debuts on a headlining tour later that year.

Following a period of healing and inspiration, Baroness went back into the studio to record ten new songs about the crash, its aftermath, and the band's resolve to carry on. Purple, released in the fall of 2015, earned the band a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance" for the song "Shock Me."

In 2017, Pete Adams left the band to devote more time to his family.

Gina Gleason joined Baroness in June 2018 as the new guitarist. She made her studio debut on the ambitious double LP Gold & Grey in 2019.

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