FAME Review: Sam Lewis - Sam Lewis
Sam Lewis - Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis

Available from Sam Lewis's Bandcamp page.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb (taoboy@cox.net)

The first clues to the music that this disc contains are hinted at in Kenny Vaughan's opening guitar riff, deep down from the bottom and clear. Then the strong clear voice of Sam Lewis tells you that his worries are in the cross he wears. This is a disc that never lets down in the least and continues right to the very last notes with exceedingly strong musicianship and songwriting. The music is that blend of folk and country with outstanding musicianship. Just listen to the fantastic supporting vocals provided by Jonell Mosser on I'm A River. It is these kinds of touches and care that tells you this is a disc to watch out for and a performer you are going to hear a lot more from. There are 10 songs on the disc and each is stronger than the one before it as well as the one after it, Sam Lewis wrote them all.

His songs are the important pieces to Mr. Lewis. The lyrics are filled with lines that have this ability to stick in your mind like verbal Velcro—"If you don't want me in your dreams, the you stay out of mine." These lines are delivered over music by an excellent band that deserves mention. Derek Mixon plays drums and percussion, Dave Jacques is on upright and electric bass, Reggie Bradley Smith is on organ, piano, Wurlitzer and accordion, Kenny Vaughan with some stunning and exceedingly tasteful electric and acoustic guitar leads and fills, of course Sam Lewis is on vocals and acoustic guitar. On one song only we get the wonderful vocals of Jonell Mosser. This is a disc you may have to search for, however if you enjoy good songwriting, excellent musicianship, and intelligent lyrics, which translates to exceptional music it's a disc to spend some time looking for.

Track List:

  • The Cross I Wear
  • In My Dreams
  • I'm A River
  • Southern Greek Tragedy
  • The Don't Drop Inn
  • Down to the Wire
  • Mid July
  • Bluesday Night
  • Equal Love
  • Runaway Bride

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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