Love's labors are not lost, according to Red Sammy's singer-songwriter Adam Trice, they're just sometimes misdirected, often misinterpreted, and frequently late-blooming.
This latest installment from the perpetually evolving –almost by performance–self-styled 'graveyard country' band, is a collection of perspectives on the fatal condition that entraps us all: Love.
The tastings from this vine, are more subtle, but extremely robust. As with all Red Sammy songs, life that's real pulses through every lyric and chord. A Cheaper Kind of Love Song is a turning point for Trice and the eclectic ensemble of artists he adeptly melds together. The signature edge is still there –it's a lot less jagged though, but much sharper.
“The instrumentation used on this album showcases more of a traditional southern rock sound,” Trice asserts. “The incorporation of heavier drum and bass sounds as well as the lead parts played on a 1931 National resonator gives new texture to the songs.”
Back in Baltimore from the road, the songs reflect upon loves regained, redeemed emotions too often sublime, for passion that aches deep in the soul–and for the city they have never forsaken.
All 8 songs from the album in some form or fashion are crafted around the concept of love...whether it be sweet or some twisted version (think Kathy Bates’ character in the film Misery for a song like “Come Back Home”). Other songs like “Camping Trailer” and “Baltimore” are about accepting failure, and returning home for love…where one feels most comfortable.
Other songs like “It Ain't You” and “Rock Star” are more traditional rock songs about love for one's art...in this case music.
About Red Sammy
In 2005, local Baltimore songwriter, Adam Trice, founded the graveyard country band, Red Sammy. The band name, a reference to Flannery O'Connor's short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" (1955). Graveyard Country Music is like a Jackson Pollock black pouring, or a Robert Motherwell elegy. It is imbued with Garcia Lorca’s duende: “black sounds are the mystery.” Gritty, stark storytelling mixed with southwestern rock textures.
Having shared the stage with such notable acts as Mike Watt, Mark Kozelek, and Dr. Dog, Red Sammy captures the hope in desperation, the beauty in imperfection with honest songwriting. Life, work, hard work, disappointment, love and loss are all themes entwined in the band's songs.
The Big Takeover described the band's album Dog Hang Low as “finely honed, melancholy roots-rock. Trice’s raspy baritone rides herd on quiet, ambling country rock, creating the perfect dusky atmosphere for the brooding tunes.
“In Trice the band have a major songwriter who bears comparison with Malcolm Holcombe or Nick Cave. Not for the fainthearted perhaps but connoisseurs of the night should acquire forthwith,"
"Don't be afraid to try something new...Red Sammy is brilliant,"
– Ricardo Baca, Denver Post, 2009
Offiical Site: www.redsammy.com