Nashville’s country-soul slinger Sam Lewis has just signed with Atlanta-based label Brash Records, with plans to enter the studio with producer Oliver Wood. In the wake of Lewis’ self-titled debut album, the two will embark on the new record via Southern Ground Studios in Nashville, TN.
Calling on the musical spirit of Leon Russell and maybe Al Green, after a weekend with Willie and Waylon in Dripping Springs, TX, Sam Lewis’ debut record was no slouch. Having enlisted the help of Marty Stuart’s guitar picker deluxe, Kenny Vaughn, Reggie Bradley Smith on the keys, and Dave Jaques, with Derek Mixon handling the rhythm section, Lewis surrounded himself with some of Nashville’s finest session players for his freshman effort. It was the first time he had played that particular batch of songs with anyone else, much less musicians of that caliber. -- usually opting for just himself and an acoustic guitar to cast his art into an audience’s direction.
At Brash Music, Steve Jones and Company strive to be a true independent record label, forever foraging for talent in all genres, and providing an atmosphere that breeds creativity. The opportunity to record with Oliver Wood, most notably one half of the Wood Brothers (the other half is his brother, Chris, of Medeski, Martin, & Wood fame), is a homerun for any artist — second album on a new label aside. Wood has produced records for the Wood Brothers and Kathy Mattea, as well as Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks' last album.
Lewis’ music speaks for itself, and apparently the right ears have been listening. Brash CEO Steve Jones states, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Sam, the dynamic message in his songs directly mirrors the soul in his heart. He is special and it’s an honor to be a part of his team.” This makes for a truly exciting venture for both Lewis and Brash Records. I, for one, am on the edge of my seat to see what this new team can put together. Have a listen to Sam Lewis’ debut record at the link below and enjoy his sweet, down-south, soul-laden stylings for yourself.
+Words: Scott Zuppardo+