Dec 29, 2020
Dec 22, 2020
1. Caylee Hammack - Small Town Hypocrite
This was my favorite song of the year wire-to-wire. I just couldn’t get it out of my head or heart, and didn’t want to. It’s personal and universal at once - the hallmark of a great song, in my book. The vocals, the lyrics, the instrumentation - flawless. A truly fantastic piece of art.
2. Waylon Payne - Shiver
3. Katie Pruitt - My Mind’s a Ship (That’s Going Down)
4. Arlo McKinley - Suicidal Saturday Night
5. Brandy Clark - I’ll Be the Sad Song
5. Flatland Cavalry - War With My Mind
6. Sarah Jarosz - Orange and Blue
7. Futurebirds - Trippin’
8. Taylor Swift ft. Bon Iver - Exile
9. Randy Travis - Fool’s Love Affair
10. The Wilder Blue - The Eagle
11. Rookie - I Can’t Have You But I Want You
12. Hailey Whitters - Janice at the Hotel Bar
13. Marcus King - Wildflowers & Wine
14. Joshua Ray Walker - Voices
15. Gabe Lee - Imogene
Oct 14, 2020
Aug 18, 2020
Thanks for talking with us Sam. First of all, could you point to another Sam who's more country than you?
And who's another non-country singer who's still more country than you?
What's your advice to people who say that genre distinctions don't matter but still call you country?
And what should be done to your entire discography?
Most country stars say they're inspired by Strait or Dolly or Waylon or somebody like that. Who's your inspiration?
Were you better at football than you are at selling pop music as country music?
And finally, what state of mind would someone have to be in to think they truly understand the history of country music and yet still believe you're country?