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With rich soulful vocals, well crafted songs, roots country and blue eyed soul Sam Lewis is connecting the dots. Whether crossing genres or state lines, he has pieced together a story people need to hear. Music was one of the few constants in Sam’s life. His family never stayed anywhere for long, which meant that friendships were forged between himself and the music he absorbed, from Roy Orbison to Van Morrison to Willie Nelson. The influence of Ray Charles can be felt from the first note to the last beat, making Sam’s debut a complimentary companion to Charles’ own, twovolume Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. Leaving home as soon as the opportunity arrived, Sam landed in Knoxville, and later Nashville.
Sam has spent hours, in fact years, collecting and arranging the relationships and experiences he has forged. To the average person, they seem like an amalgamation of time and happenstance, but to him, they are the moral of the story. “I never once felt, in this whole process that someone just kind of pointed. No one took me by the hand, but almost every single one of these connections were very personal. I was introduced to these people that helped make this record. These are gonna be people that I’m going to know the rest of my life.”
Lewis has drawn us a clear picture of where he’s going, and thankfully, he has invited us along for the ride.
“Irresistible…8/10” – Johnny Sharp, The Blues Magazine
“There’s so much soul pouring out of this guy’s pores you could bathe in it. It’s like hearing Al
Green for the first time.” – Grant Britt, No Depression
“A laid back sound that evokes cream sliding over black coffee, dark bourbon rippling over ice.”– Tom Franks, Folkwords.com