SAM LEWIS INTERVIEW
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
John Prine, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson and Allen Toussaint
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
Ever evolving...it's the wild west right now. CD's are disappearing and vinyl has resurfaced. Very interesting times in the digital age. I probably picked the craziest time to jump into this industry.
What inspires you to do what you do?
Whether or not you are asking what inspires me to write or perform then they both have similar answers. I'm insanely observant and can become quite inspired by many different subjects. Then I become compelled to try and write about what it is that I am finding interesting about the subject matter and if I'm comfortable with the material I've created then I deem it 'worthy' of publicly sharing.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
I don't focus on them. But sometimes you can't help but acknowledge that you made a mistake and I choose to laugh at myself. Most folks aren't looking for perfection; they are looking for connection and sometimes there are mistakes which I believe adds to the set making it even more original and not programmed.
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
There are a few Ray Charles songs that I can get really moved by. Him and Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams...the list goes on, but yea I'm moved by certain songs especially with an original vocal performance. Like Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land'...there's a lot of innocence in that performance...as if he were singing it to a child while at the same time singing it to the all the leaders of a country. Priceless.
How would you describe your perfect day?
Waking up without an alarm, spinning records while making breakfast, picking and writing until lunch time or through lunch time. Having some friends over for dinner and drinks. Taking an evening walk to a local watering hole. Maybe finding some body of water to jump in if the weather was warm enough. Pretty simple to be honest with you. Oh, and all this after winning the lottery of course .
Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
I met Bill Murray in Charleston, SC while on tour in June this year. The randomness of it all and him refusing to let me be starstruck helped shake off any nerves I may have had. He's like a super hero to me.
If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that
On a sailboat somewhere you can see through the water to the bottom.
What's your claim to fame?
I met Bill Murray this year...I think I may have mentioned that earlier...
Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
I really would like to study carpentry actually. I hate buying manufactured goods...it would be fun to make them instead.
Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
On a worldwide tour via train. Such a great way to get around. You all have mass transit figured out over there , I wish we would get off the oil tit.
Sam Lewis - Waiting On You
Wat mij betreft is dit een album voor de jaarlijstjes. Dit album heeft alles wat muziek zo boeiend kan maken. Sam Lewis heeft een soulvolle stem waarmee hij moeiteloos blues, country , R&B en folk kan combineren. Het album is in minder dan drie dagen opgenomen, deze directe en spontane benadering is een erg goede keuze geweest.
Bij het beluisteren is duidelijk te horen dat Sam Lewis een voorliefde heeft voor de muziek van ' Van Morrison' en ' Willie Nelson '.
Het album klinkt 12 nummers lang toegankelijk en geïnspireerd.
Er wordt sterk geopend met het nummer ' 3/4 Time ' . Met gelijk daarna de pareltjes ' love Me Again ' en ' Waiting On You'. En wat te denken van 'Talk To Me' in de beste traditie van ' Van Morrison' . Op een album met zoveel moois is het moeilijk een favoriet nummer te kiezen, daarom kies ik ervoor om het album gewoon nog een keer te beluisteren.