YouTube: Sam Hare – Good Things Always session/EPK
Posted on: Monday, Aug 19, 2013
May 2013 saw the digital release of “Good Things Always”, the long-awaited follow-up EP to Sam Hare’s critically-acclaimed debut “Down To The Sea”. The EP features four brand new originals — the Delaney & Bonnie inspired title track “Good Things Always”, “Never Say Never”, “Distant London” and the haunting instrumental “Low Tide”. It serves as a taster for his next full album release.
Sam Hare is a Londoner who is best known as a blues artist, but as “Down To The Sea” proved, blues can be mixed with southern soul, country, Americana and gospel to provide a melting pot of contemporary roots music. Blues in Britain magazine called the debut “…genre-defying”, while Guitarist magazine described Hare as “…a burgeoning talent…a seasoned pro…one to watch”. And Uncut wrote “…authentic, dense blues & country-soul…an impressive debut.”
“Down To The Sea” was recorded and produced by Simon Law, and then mastered by Giles Martin. It featured a guest appearance from Matt Schofield, as well as a song co-written with Ian Siegal. The album was quickly picked by various global radio stations, most notably BBC Radio London — and especially Robert Elms, who randomly played a song in the middle of a week-day afternoon, and then called Hare in for an interview/live session twice within the next year. Sam Hare was also featured on Jo Goode’s Sunday Sessions on the same radio station.
Renowned music journalist and DJ Paul Sexton was another champion of the album, inviting Hare to play for his Emirates ‘in session’ series, and other around that time sessions included NME’s Selector and Resonance FM, as well as multiple plays on BBC Radio 2.
Sam Hare has come up through the British Blues scene, playing alongside the likes of the fore-mentioned Matt Schofield and Ian Siegal, plus the likes of Jeremy Spencer, Buddy Whittington, Scott McKeon, Lee Sankey and Raphael Ravenscroft. He was also personally invited to guest with Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) a few years ago, and has recently opened up for Jack Bruce, Vintage Trouble, Mark Flanegan, James Hunter, as well as Schofield and Siegal. Hare has also worked with Saint Jude and Jet Tricks, having made writing, vocal and guitar contributions to the latter’s last album, as well as being featured in their live band. He has also written or co-written songs for the last three albums by Ian Siegal –” The Dust”, “Broadside”, and “The Skinny”, and co-wrote the opening track “All You Need” with Matt Schofield for his first studio album “Siftin’ Thru The Ashes”.
As well as the clubs and pubs of London, Sam Hare has also toured and played all over the world, from the USA to Russia, plus much of Europe, and has played festivals including Bospop, Bestival and The Big Chill. He can be seen either solo acoustic, or with his full band. For more info and gig dates, please visit www.samhare.com
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