Like many before him, Sam Lewis came to Nashville to make music. But unlike the majority, Lewis managed to hop on one of the most successful tours that country music has seen as of late. He’s collaborated with everyone from John Prine and Kacey Musgraves to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt”.
By late 2014, Lewis had turned 30, established himself with the Nashville music scene, and signed with the boutique Georgia label, Brash Records. With the help of Brash and producer Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, Lewis released his second full length, Waiting on You, in April 2015. The album was critically acclaimed and once again featured Kenny Vaughan, in addition to Darrell Scott, Gabe Dixon, the McCrary Sisters, and Willie Nelson’s legendary harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.
Lewis’ forthcoming record Loversity is set to be released in the UK & Ireland on January 18 2019. The album is composed of 14 tracks that Lewis has spent over a year and a half writing and playing for others. Since Waiting on You, his classic style remains present yet matured, with a more refined worldview, “These newer songs have been harder to write, but extremely necessary given the current climate I find the world in.” Recorded at Southern Ground Studios with engineer and co-producer Brandon Bell, the album spans from upbeat songs like the title track ‘Loversity’ to the darker ‘One in the Same’, an electric guitar-heavy ballad with a driving force reminiscent of the Black Keys’ Brothers. While most songs are originals, the record includes ‘Accidental Harmony’, a lullaby that fellow Nashville songwriter John Mann wrote for his firstborn child, and ‘Natural Disaster’, a Loudon Wainwright song that Lewis felt drawn to.
And while each song varies in tone, they all circle back to one universal theme. “This is the closest thing I’ll ever write to a concept album. The idea is that we are all trying to get somewhere – all running from something and toward something. We’re all together in it, though.” As current events in the world divide the masses based on difference, Sam Lewis’ new album is a soul-filled, catchy collection of reminders that diversity and unity can co-exist.
SAM LEWIS · JANUARY-MARCH 2019 · UK TOUR
Tues 29 London AmericanaFest UK showcase
Wed 30 London AmericanaFest UK showcase
Fri 1 Ashford – Revelation Ashford, St. Mary’s Church
Sun 3 Kingskerswell, Devon – Kingskerswell Parish Church
Tue 5 Swansea – Sin City
Wed 6 Bangor, North Wales – Blue Sky Café
Thu 7 Shrewsbury – Henry Tudor House
Fri 8 Sunderland – Independent
Sun 10 Barry – Hang Fire Southern Kitchen
Wed 13 Norwich – The Waterfront Studio
Thu 14 Melbourne, nr. Derby – Melbourne Assembly Rooms
Fri 15 Colston Bassett, Notts. – Colston Bassett Village Hall
Sat 16 Barton-under-Needwood, Staffs. – Barton-under-Needwood Village Hall
Sun 17 Crowland, Lincs. – Crowland Abbey
Wed 20 Grayshott – Applegarth Farm
Thu 21 Cricklade, Wilts. – The Old Stables
Fri 22 Glastonbury – Hawthorns
Sat 23 Leeds – Seven Arts
Sun 24 Sheffield – The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam University
Fri 1 Newcastle – Studio in Live Theatre
Sat 2 Glasgow – Glad Cafe
Wed 6 London – Green Note