TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Sammy Brue
With TIDAL Rising we’re constantly showcasing new music from our favorite up-and-coming artists across all genres, and each week we pick one artist in particular to shine our spotlight on. Meet this week’s TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Sammy Brue.
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It’s been told of Ogden, Utah-born singer-songwriter Sammy Brue how, at age 10, he received a guitar for Christmas and immediately started writing songs inspired by Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Amazingly, that was only 5 years ago, given that today Sammy Brue is just 15 years old. Needless to say, things have moved quickly for this talented young prodigy.
In his fast-rising career, Sammy has busked at the Sundance Film Festival, performed at the Newport Folk Festival, and opened for the likes of Hayes Carll, Lydia Loveless, John Moreland, Lukas Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Asleep at the Wheel.
After releasing three homespun EPs, he scored a record deal with renowned folk and Americana label New West Records, home of such songwriting legends as Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Robert Ellis, Andrew Combs, Buddy Miller and John Hiatt.
As of late Brue has been touring in support of Justin Townes Earle, with whom his relationship stems back a couple years already. Some might recognize Brue from the cover of Earle’s 2014 album Single Mothers.
In a recent review of Justin Townes Earle’s concert at New York City’s Webster Hall, Popdust couldn’t help but mention this about Brue’s performance:
His voice alone is enough to bring a fighter to their knees, enough to crush the world’s treasure of diamonds into dust and enough to force the moon to stop its orbit. He doesn’t have to say much between songs; his music is brawny and heartfelt and he lets you feel everything. If he continues down this path, there is only greatness awaiting him.
Recorded down in Muscle Shoals with Alabama Shakes keyboardist Ben Tanner and John Paul White of the Civil Wars, Sammy Brue launches his anticipated full-length debut, I Am Nice, on June 16. The record demonstrates, in the wise words of New West, “the young troubadour to be a timeless talent whose catchy compositions embody the sort of wisdom, empathy and insight that’s usually associated with more experienced songwriters.”
Stay tuned to learn more about Sammy Brue as the week goes on.
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