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The Samples

Another Bargain
Album: Tan Mule
Genres: Rock
An internet-exclusive track that showcases the acoustic songcraft of Boulder-based touring rock phenoms The Samples.

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The Samples began their career in Boulder, Colorado over twelve years ago. Formed by Sean Kelly and Andy Sheldon-two friends hailing from Burlington, Vermont, the band has spent the last decade wrangling with the majors, working through line-up shifts and touring extensively, while all the while, establishing themselves as a very fine and well-respected group of musicians.

The Samples played their first gig on Easter Sunday in 1987 and released their self-titled debut in 1989. Soon after, Arista Records signed the band and re-released the record. Poor relations between the two ended the agreement and the Samples went back to the grass-roots approach of putting out records on their own. In 1992, the newly-founded Boulder-based label What Are Records? signed the Samples and released No Room - to soon be followed by other classics.

Kelly's voice and the Samples' sound are unique. Blending poppy jazz, rock, folk, country and bits of reggae flavor, the music is hooky and melodic but elastic enough for the 5-piece (Kelly, Sheldon, Alex Matson, Rob Somers and Sam Young), to journey into non-self-indulgent live improvisational jaunts. From bouncy reggae to charging rock, the diverse musical influences that the Samples use to craft their music seems to have hit its mark with the music enthusiast who can do without the aggression, anger and posing of many of today's more popular artists.

"Another Bargain" was recorded for a limited edition CD called Tan Mule that is only available through the W.A.R? Web site. Penned by Sean Kelly and former guitarist Charles Hambleton, the track is a melodic, folky and acoustic ballad that distinguishes itself from many of the band's more popular songs. Recorded in Boulder in 1997, the Samples recruited original member Hambleton to sit in during the studio sessions and asked W.A.R? founder Rob Gordon to fill in on the bass duties for an absent Andy Sheldon. This exclusive track is one that should not be missed by Samples' fans and un-fans alike. "Another Bargain" will pleasantly surprise band-loyals and may just change the minds of those who are less than thrilled by this group of musicians. "Another Bargain" could be one of the Samples' finest moments. Don't pass on the opportunity to hear this one.

 
 
  Country Stan  
  Country Stan is a staff writer and Creative Manager/A&R for MUSICBLITZ. He is a former artist and repertoire manager with Loosegroove Records and worked with Curtis Management in artist development for Rage Against the Machine, L7, and Cypress Hill.

 

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