Wed 19 Feb Doors 7.00pm
Price: Early Bird £10 adv | Standard £12 adv + booking fee
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. Sam Lewis’ debut album ‘Waiting on you’ received a top review from Mojo and featured in the Telegraph’s list of top country albums from 2015.
Lewis’ record Loversity released in May 2018 is composed of 14 tracks that Lewis has spent over a year and a half writing and playing for others. Since Waiting on You, his classic style remains present yet matured, with a more refined worldview, “These newer songs have been harder to write, but extremely necessary given the current climate I find the world in.” Recorded at Southern Ground Studios with engineer and co-producer Brandon Bell, the album spans from upbeat songs like the title track “Loversity” to the darker “One in the Same,” an electric guitar heavy ballad with a driving force reminiscent of the Black Keys’ Brothers. While most songs are originals, the record includes “Accidental Harmony”, a lullaby that fellow Nashville songwriter John Mann wrote for his first born child, and “Natural Disaster”, a Loudon Wainwright song that Lewis felt drawn to.
As current events in the world divide the masses based on difference, Sam Lewis’ new album is a soul-filled, catchy collection of reminders that diversity and unity can co-exist.
Sam Lewis has collaborated with everyone from Leon Russell to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. And while he’s often labeled with some form of the word ‘soulful’ (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis’ style meets at a juncture of many different genres. There’s something about Sam Lewis that is indescribably different ¬¬ and with his newest project, he’s discovered what most musicians spend lifetimes working for ¬¬ the place where feel ¬good music meets vital social commentary.
While it bears the sonic landmarks of roots music’s most fertile ground, the songwriting of Sam Lewis is born of a landscape that can only be felt, not seen. His music is native to the infinite expanse that is exposed when human attention is full, and focused inward – harvested solely by the nuanced rhythm of love. Sam’s songs are rooted in the energy that defines this harmonious frontier, the space that unifies the human experience in each of us. It’s the anchored spirit in this incubated territory of soul for which Sam Lewis works to celebrate and elevate with the tones of rock & roll, rhythm & blues and a country-folk muse.
Sam is not the first man to turn over this primal soil, but he is unquestionably here to be the one that keeps sowing the field. Lewis laments, “I flip on a radio or stare at my phone, and I hear some familiar sounds and I see some flashy things being made right now – and that’s cool. But it’s real hard to find something that’s being said beyond what’s superficial. And then go I and spin a record by Lee Dorsey and I feel the world lifted with four words and a funky groove, and then I’ll listen to Pops Staples preaching the most earnest spirit with some shake, swagger and sweat thrown on it – and man there it is, there’s the fresh air, there’s the hope. These are the men that paved the path I want to walk on, the path I want to preserve. Everyone is welcome to walk it with me. I hope they do.”
Sam Lewis will be supported by Bonnie Bishop + Soham De
Bonnie Bishop began playing original music in dive bars and honky tonks across her native Texas after graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Sociology. She moved to Nashville in 2008, sharpening her songwriting chops with writers Mike Reid, Jimmy Wallace, Al Anderson among others. Her big break came when Bonnie Raitt recorded a song she and Anderson wrote entitled “Not Cause I Wanted To,” helping snag a Grammy for Best Americana Album in 2013. In all, Bishop has recorded eight albums, rising though the country/Americana ranks and receiving various awards for her songwriting. A few years ago she decided to take a hiatus from the stress of the music business and enrolled in Sewanee University of the South, where she is currently working toward a master’s degree in creative writing.
In 2016, Thirty Tigers convinced her to record a new album with producer David Cobb, the universally acclaimed Ain’t Who I Was, which brought her back with a splash and showcased the more soulful side of the dynamic singer receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR.
The singer-songwriter’s new album, The Walk, released on October 25, 2019 via Thirty Tigers, furthers the journey of self-discovery features a new set of seven emotionally charged songs, produced by Grammy-winner Steve Jordan (Robert Cray, Jon Mayer, Buddy Guy), connects listeners with the Texas vocal powerhouse in her most honest effort to date. She’s dedicated the lively confessional “to all who wander.”
Bonnie also dedicates herself to a cause that “walks the walk” when it comes to turning music into redemptive, life-changing transformation for others, and calls her work with Songwriting With Soldiers the most fulfilling part of her life as a songwriter. This non-profit organization pairs professional songwriters with veterans and active duty military, using collaborative songwriting to build creativity, connections, and strengths. Bonnie recently performed some of the songs she has written with veterans as part of a Songwriting With Soldiers PBS concert at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium, which aired this autumn 2019 and continues to run on U.S. public access.
Soham De wrote his first song at 10 years old and this was the beginning of a love for music and creative writing. As the songwriting flourished throughout the years, he would also regularly perform to close friends.
Now, a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Kings Lynn, Soham is based in Durham for university but he's still finding time to write and tour.
Making a name for himself amongst his contemporaries, Soham's been longlisted for Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition 2017 (following a personal recommendation from the Editor of The Line Of Best Fit); played sets for BBC Introducing in Norfolk and the North East, and Amazing Radio; performed on BBC 1 Look East, multiple Sofar Sounds shows,SBTV, Secret Sessions, the Never Fade Sessions, numerous Oxjam Festivals, London Live, and Cambridge TV; been featured on The Unsigned Guide, and the Newcastle Chronicle; and placed third in both the Best of British - Unsigned Music Awardsand FAME Music’s ‘Stripped Back’ competition.
Headlining various festivals in the North East, as well as gaining a slot at Boardmasters Festival and playing such venues as the O2 Academy Newcastle, The UEA, The Cambridge Junction, The Sage, The Hospital Club, The Bedford, and The Groucho Club, and having recently sold out his first headline show at Empty Shop in Durham (and with a near-sold out headline Newcastle show in early 2017), Soham De is quickly making ground in the live circuit and is well and truly becoming an artist to watch.