Ready Room Presents
with guests Pearl Charles & Cara Louise Band
****THIS SHOW HAS MOVED TO THE READY ROOM****
“Stories are all around us, and I’m listening to people even when they think I’m not,” states Sammy Brue. “If I get to the emotion of it, I can find the words.”
Realism and storytelling are qualities that are prominent on I Am Nice, the 15-year-old Utah singer-songwriter’s New West debut. The 12-song album—produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and John Paul White of the Civil Wars—shows 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.
On such distinctive originals as “I Know,” “Was I the Only One,” “I Never Said” and “Control Freak,” Brue demonstrates a rare knack for placing himself in the shoes of others, real or fictionalized, and writing melodically inventive, emotionally resonant stories about them. No wonder he’s been hailed as an “Americana prodigy” by Rolling Stone and as a “wunderkind” by American Songwriter, as well as receiving early attention from The Wall Street Journal and The Fader, and from his local ABC TV station.
Demonstrating an impressive level of drive and dedication, Sammy busked at the Sundance film festival when was just 11 years old, performed at the Newport Folk Festival, and opened shows for the likes of Hayes Carll, Lydia Loveless, John Moreland, Lukas Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Asleep at the Wheel. He also released a trio of homespun but remarkably accomplished EPs—The Ghost of Woody Guthrie, The Bootleg Sessions and I Don’t Want You to Leave—which helped to spread word of Brue’s talent beyond his home state.
Among the first to champion Sammy’s talents was fellow artist Justin Townes Earle, who invited him to open for him after meeting Sammy and his dad on a tour stop, and later featured him on the cover of his 2014 album Single Mothers.
The growing buzz helped Brue to win a recording deal with New West, home of such Americana icons as Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and John Hiatt. Recording I Am Nice in Florence, Alabama, Sammy, along with co-producers Tanner and White, gently augmented his songs with spacious, evocative arrangements that showcase the strength and substance of his lyrics and melodies.
With his first full album in hand and his first national tour in the offing, Sammy Brue is matter-of-fact about taking his next musical steps.
“The whole idea of music, for me, is to make people feel certain emotions, and make them feel like I’m singing to them.” he states. “When people tell me they feel that way, it gives me a lump in my throat. There’s endless possibilities to music, and I can’t wait to learn more about it and find new hooks and new ways that chords go together.
“I’m lucky enough to have found the thing that I want to do for the rest of my life,” he concludes. “It’s kind of funny, because my friends and my family all see me as a goofy teenager who can’t take anything seriously, but I’m very serious about music.”