Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis

Waiting On You

Brash Music

Honey-voiced Sam Lewis hits a home run on his second album, Waiting On You. The Nashville transplant finds a southern soul groove that never lets up for the album’s 12 cuts. Co-produced by Lewis and Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers, the record features a stellar cast of helpers including the great Kenny Vaughan on guitar along with Darrell Scott, Will Kimbrough and Willie Nelson’s ace harmonica player, Mickey Raphael. With all that talent, you know the end result is gonna be good, and good it is.

Opening with “3/4 Time”, Lewis has a funky, Muscle Shoals/Memphis thing going, and his voice, a hybrid of James Taylor mixed with a bit of Van Morrison, rides atop Vaughan’s guitar like icing on a cake. Slowing it down on “Love Me Again”, Lewis is buttressed by the legendary McCrary Sisters on vocals and some nifty slide work from jack of all trades Will Kimbrough. The whole record has a Spooner Oldham/Dan Penn vibe, particularly on the stomper “Things Will Never Be The Same”.

Recorded live in two and a half days, the end result is anything but rushed, but rather relaxed and easy, a perfect summer record to be enjoyed with some good whiskey and time to appreciate Lewis’s grand voice playing off some excellent musicians. A little bit rock, a bit of Memphis soul, and loads of atmosphere, Waiting On You satisfies.

brashmusic.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee
    Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

  • Southern Avenue
    Southern Avenue

    Keep On (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Don Felder
    Don Felder

    Don Felder took music fans down Eagles’ memory lane at Disney Epcot’s® Garden Rocks Concert Series, and Michelle Wilson loved every nostalgic moment of it.

  • Alfred Sergel IV
    Alfred Sergel IV

    Alfred Sergel IVtet (The Tam Tam Group). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Tanika Charles
    Tanika Charles

    The Gumption (Record Kicks). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives