"Coming Home" The latest album from Sam Friend

"Coming Home," 
Cover art by Léa Dolo Grzywacz

"Coming Home," Cover art by Léa Dolo Grzywacz

Sam Friend is a composer, vocalist, and guitarist. He founded Sam Friend and the Hoodoo Sauce in New York City in 2011, performing regularly in Manhattan before they recorded their first EP at the legendary Jungle City Studios. Sam co-founded the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys in 2012 and toured internationally with the band for several years, recorded 4 albums while also making a viral video with over one million unique views, with the band’s trad-jazz version of the Game of Thrones theme song. 

Friend has headlined New York's Blue Note, B.B. Kings, Ginny's at the Red Rooster, London's Ronnie Scott's, and a variety of jazz festivals all over the globe. His original music has been featured on NCIS:New Orleans, CBS, VanityFair.com and National Public Radio. He has also appeared onscreen in Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back and John Stuart Muller's 2016 feature film Indiscretion, amongst other small roles in tv/film. 

Sam released an album of all original music, entitled Twin, in December of 2016. The album was recorded at the Parlor Recording Studio and featured Geoff Clapp on Drums, Chris Severin on Bass, Beck Burger on Keys, and Joe Goldberg on saxophone.

In September of 2020, Sam released the album "Coming Home." It was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, LA. The album features Andrew Elmo Price on Bass, Beck Burger on keys, Nick Solnick on Drums, and Bryce Eastwood on saxophone. It also features guest vocal performances by the Chapel Hart Band and by Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes.

Coming Home is now available on all major platforms

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Previous events

Jul17

Sam Friend and Bryce Eastwood Irish Duo

MRB Bar and Kitchen, 515 St Philip St, New Orleans

Looking forward to this upcoming trip to Ireland with Bryce Eastwood. We'll be hitting Galway, Donegal, Doolin and Dublin and spending some time with my dear friends Christy and Sheila over at the Doolin Music House.

Stop by MRB this weekend and send us off ! We play from 7-10pm on Saturday.

Slainte !

May26

Friends and Family Band at The Yard

The Yard, 405 Frenchmen St, New Orleans

Check out the Friends and Family Band this Wednesday at the Yard.

Featuring: Nick Benoit on Bass Kevin O Day on Drums Beck Burger on Keys and Organ Bryce Eastwood on Sax Anthony Coleman on Trumpet

Coming Home Album Release Party

The Royal Frenchman Hotel and Bar, 700 Frenchman Street, New Orleans

Release Party for "COMING HOME" The latest album of original music from Sam Friend 8-11 PM at the Royal Frenchman Hotel @ 700 Frenchman Street $10 Cover Price of Admission includes FREE physical CD copy of the album for the first 25 attendees. (only $5 after) Featuring: Beck Burger on Keys Bryce Eastwood on Saxophone Nick Benoit on Bass Kevin O’Day on Drums Sam Friend on Guitar and Vocals www.samfriendmusic.com www.cominghome.bandcamp.com @samfriendmusic on Instagram

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with the Gotham Kings

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY

Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings are hosting Mardi Gras Week at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This will be the bands third year hosting this week-long show.

I will be the featured artist on Friday.

Show is at 11 PM.

Here is a recent interview with Alphonso on the festivities: http://magazine.ivy.com/2018/02/making-mardi-gras-alphonso-horne-talks-jazz-new-orleans-playing-dizzys-club-coca-cola/?utm_source=arts&utm_medium=social&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=alphonse-horne-interview

Jul7

Sam Friend Band at the Hi Ho Lounge

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Hi-Ho Lounge , 2239 St Claude Ave. , New Orleans, LA

Sam Friend will be performing with his full band at the Hi-Ho Lounge!

Featuring original music from the album Twin and also new, never-before-heard material!

8-11 PM.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1861489300766917/ www.hiholounge.net

P.S. 80's and 90's themed dance party happens right after we play.

A Threauxback to the Great PresHall Bands of the 90s

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Preservation Hall, 726 St Peter Street, New Orleans, LA

I'm excited to be joining Calvin Johnson and Native Son at Prez Hall!

When we think of the Preservation Hall bands of years past, we of course bring to mind Sweet Emma, Billie & De De, George Lewis, and the dozens of other greats that graced the stage here from the 60s thru the 80s. However, some of todays artists' first fond memories of the Hall include luminaries of a more recent time.

"Being a child and growing up in the 90s New Orleans music scene, my Uncle Ralph Johnson and the other heavy hitters he played at the Hall with were like superheroes to me and my friends," says resident saxophonist Calvin Johnson.

Join Calvin and Native Son as they honor their immediate predecessors - Ralph Johnson, John Brunious, Bob French, and more on April 15 here at the Hall.

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For more on Calvin Johnson: calvinjohnsonmusic.com

Apr9

French Quarter Fest with Calvin Johnson

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Omni Royal Stage, Royal Street, New Orleans, LA

Closing out French Quarter Fest with Calvin Johnson and Native Son.

Featuring some of the Crescent City's finest musicians!

Happy Festing!

A true Jack of all musical trades”

Robert Fontenot, Offbeat Magazine

Music and Lyrics © Sam Friend Music 2020