Go ahead and click play. Groove with the tunes while I give you some background..
I first met Sam in Shanghai, China, during the 15th Anniversary party at the House of Blues and Jazz back in November of 2010. My band, The Soulcasters, was about 4 months deep into a contract performing 6 nights per week. We were well rehearsed and on top of our game when the club’s management asked us to be the backing band for the big anniversary party. Of course we accepted, and got to work learning all of the tunes for the guest stars.
Sam was the 2nd guest star to visit the House. We had a blast learning his tunes and working on his show. My first impression of him was that he was a sweet guy, obviously extremely talented, and very easy to work with (aka, a pro!).
Sam’s shows were surprisingly well attended. It became clear that he was loved by many in Shanghai, making those week’s performances rich with magical atmosphere.
Years later, Sam and I connected while we were both in Ohio. We went to a few shows and jams around town.
The following summer after I returned from another contract in China, he and I decided to go into the studio and record! We gathered together some of Cleveland’s finest.. Here is a video of us jamming in the studio. (Sakait Baksar on keyboards, Derrick James on bass, and Reggie Holmes on drums, live at Bad Racket Studios in Cleveland, Ohio)
Once the CD was ready, we held a CD Release party at Nighttown in Cleveland, Ohio. The house was packed full of new friends and old, family, and some of Cleveland’s musical history (One of the founders of the legendary Boddie Recording Company was there).
(photos coming soon)
During the process of making this EP, Sam’s family and my family have become good friends. Special thanks goes out to my family for putting up with.. well, me.. and my crazy hours and spontaneous BBQ’s, and for Sam’s family for being so kind and welcoming during the making of this project.
You can listen to us on Spotify, you can purchase a digital copy on iTunes, or you can go old school cool and BUY YOUR OWN PHYSICAL COPY OF THE CD! We obviously prefer the third option. That way, we actually get paid! But seriously, whatever works for you. My favorite part of the CD is the guitar duel on “Just got back from Baby’s“.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the music! Stay tuned for more albums and performances!