Sam has now reached the stage of semi-retirement. Songs continue to flow but at a much slower pace. Please listen to and enjoy the songs on the "music" page and contact Sam if you need a session player for bass, drums, guitar, keys, or vocals.
"Anything can happen and often does."
After studying piano and teaching himself bass, guitar, and drums during High School, Sam dove into the local Athens, GA music scene, playing in a long list of bands starting with the Flaming Chopsticks in 1982. From there he split off into Doo Blan Tant with Robbie Collins in 1984, releasing a six-song EP, Rhythm Method, in the process. In 1986 he fell in with his housemates Curtiss Pernice and Ted Hafer to start Porn Orchard, which lasted until 1992 and released two full-length CDs and a single through CZ records in Portland, OR. After a four year break he joined Poolside, which only lasted a year.
In 2001, at the behest of Kevin Sweeney (Hayride, Acetate, Sunshine Fix) he joined The Sunshine Fix. Led by Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control), he jumped in and played all the instruments throughout the set. After a member shift in 2002, he settled on bass and backing vocals. Sam contributed heavily to the Sunshine Fix's latest album Green Imagination on Spin Art, which came out in 2004.
Meanwhile, Sam has worked with Vic Chesnutt over the years on pre-production for his records and the occasional live show. Then in 2003, Vic asked Sam and Curtiss to tour the US, Canada, and Europe to promote his record Silver Lake. Working with both Vic and Bill was inspirational to Sam as a songwriter and he learned a lot from both of them.
Sam has released his first solo project called final 8 demo in 2005.He plays all the instruments and does all the vocals on eight of his most current songs.
It's kinda lo-fi, and there's mistakes, from siblance to antsy bits. But the motivation is pure.
Most recently he appeared on the Vic Chesnutt/Elf Power/ Amorphous Strums project " Dark Developements" out on Orange Twin Records.
Show coming up at the Melting Point where I will be taping for a video!
Beatles, Beck, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Vic Chesnutt
Rickenbacher Bass, Fender Bass, Fender Strat, Epiphone Les Paul, Martin D-15 Dreadnought, Martin 000-GT, Alesis QS-8, Fender Vibroluxe ReverbAmp, Tama drums, Vic Firth sticks, Sabian Cymbals
Please buy my songs and help me feed my hungry family! We can't eat that Martin!