|OFF THE RAILS (2008)
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From Storied New Mexico songwriter
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"Sampson's last two cd's DASHBOARD ANGEL and SHADOW
HORSES are still fresh in my memory, because of their
relaxed character. No complicated business, or overdone
productions, just musical pleasure done with several
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"Because of the content of most of his songs on the
new CD, he choose the 'do it yourself approach.' The
artist takes care of all the instruments, voices and he
even takes care of the production. Sampson criticizes
his America in all aspects and father and son Bush are
not spared in the soft rockin' opener "Rocking The
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"Taos, New Mexico is the place of residence of Don
Michael Sampson, a songsmith who earned his dues with
writing, singing and recording country ballads, blues
and folk songs. Another reviewer compares his 'singing
style' with JJ Cale and that's also what I feel.
|SHADOW HORSES (2006)
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"Like his photos, some-time lensman Sampson's songs
have similarities in subject, energy and tone. His tenth
album is less black and white than his earliest records
and more country than gospel-blues predecessor DASHBOARD
ANGEL. It features solid songs, from anti-Bush Broken
Empty Stars to sturdy coffee house folk of Drive
On Johnny Cash."
|DASHBOARD ANGEL (2005)
"THIS RECORD IS LIKE A LEGENDARY FAMILY REUNION AND TO MY OPINION IT CAN BE REGARDED AS A MILESTONE IN THIS SINGER-SONGWRITER'S MAGNIFICENT BODY OF WORK"
"The guy who gave us in the last few years the two disc set OLD WOOD BRIDGE (2001), BLACK FLOWER and POWDER BLUE SKIES (2002) and the superb SUNSET RIDE (2003) treats us now to DASHBOARD ANGEL. On the above mentioned albums Don Michael Sampson did all the 'playing,' but now the perfect song smith from Taos, New Mexico has called upon a bunch of friends and musicians who in the beginning of his career played an important role. Guitar player Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers ) was also present on COPPER MOON (1995), Ben Keith (dobro, pedal steel and known for his association with Neil Young) played on COYOTE (1983) and COPPER MOON, drummer Don Heffington and guitar player Frank Reckard (Emmylou Harris) played a leading part on the legendary debut album AMERICANSONGS (1978), as well as COYOTE (1983). Also we hear Michael Rhodes, (bass guitar) and Barry 'Byrd' Burton (Amazing Rhythm Aces), drummer Chad Cromwell and piano player Larry Knechtal, all who participated in earlier work of Don Michael Sampson's. This record is like a legendary family reunion and to me it can be regarded as a milestone in this singer-songwriter's magnificent oeuvre. All kinds of musical genres are present, the opening one "Rock and Roll Band" rocks like a beast and also has rockabilly influences, "Hard Luck Streak," is pure J.J. Cale, the fantastic ballad "Angels" already is for me a classical song, "Something's Wrong in the Wind," is pure blues, the threatening "Thunderstorm" with Warren and Larry in command is West Coast Music. The title song and the last song "Endless Song" Don Michael returns to the simplicity of his previous CD's. "Love Is The Righteous Flame," with the magnificent background vocals is country-gospel and so every song tells it's own story. If you still don't own the records of this artist we strongly advise you to go and get these albums, because this is a CD that will fit in everyone's collection. We strongly advise that you put this album on your wish list as it is mine for this year .... and as a bonus we can tell you that the first two obscure collector's items by Don Michael Sampson AMERICANSONGS and COYOTE are finally released as CD's.......why do you want to wait?????"
|SUNSET RIDE (2003)
"Stark, often dark compulsive folk-Americana, inhabiting a Nebraskaesque universe, where death comes a knockin', roads are for moving on, and (in desperate, slapped blues Tenant In The House of Life) we've all got one hell of a tough landlord to deal with: God."
|OLD WOOD BRIDGE (2001)
"OLD WOOD BRIDGE is the strongest of the three solo albums released by prolific singer/songwriter Don Michael Sampson in early 2002, but only by a hair, as all of Sampson's releases, which can be filled with profound bits of understatement, have their own particular strengths. Recorded in a backwoods cabin in Tennessee, OLD WOOD BRIDGE contains 24 original songs that cover two discs, the more pragmatically themed of the two entitled 'Plow The Fields', the more spiritually inclined one 'Jesus On The Mainline.' The second contains song titles like 'Easy Healing Wind,' 'Devil's Curse,' and 'Sacred Song,' while on the first he sings of barbed wire and hammers and nails. 'U.S. Road' which is just shy of six minutes long, is an impressionistic highway account that recalls Bruce Springsteen's NEBRASKA. And 'Mockingbird Song' has a fluidity that is more a rule than an exception with Sampson's material, and that quality, one that can lend a sameness to less-accomplished efforts, here flourishes with repeated listening, which uncovers the nuances of expertly crafted riffs and chord progressions and intimate, seamless narratives."
All Music Guide.com
"Brilliant simplicity. It is hard to explain how beautifully this guy writes and sings his own songs. He is on the level, although not as well known as Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, and John Prine. He doesn't release that many records over the years and this one is on his own label, Red Horse Productions. I own CRIMSON WINDS (1988) and COPPER MOON (1995). Now in 2001, he surprises the world with a double CD.
OLD WOOD BRIDGE consists of two discs , with twenty-four songs all written by him. The recordings were made on a four-track recorder using just two microphones. These recordings must have been made when it was beautiful weather and the windows wide open, so that the smell and color of nature were free to come in. His deep dark voice sounds over the fields and gives his performance this magical power. All instruments are played by Don Michael, keyboards, guitars and drums.
The lay-out of the CD is very simple, handwriting by a child's hand, perhaps done by Don Michael's hand when the child was in him.
Beautiful songs, catchy melodies on a rippling rhythm. Most of the songs are about nature and country living, ie. 'Horses To Water,' 'Mountain Song,' 'Wild Dogs' 'Easy Healing Wind,' ' Rolling River,' 'Wild Roses In The Meadow Again,' 'Black Water,' 'Very Strange Rain,' 'Black Crow,' 'Mockingbird Song.'
Disc One describes the incredible power and beauty of nature. Disc two is an ode to the creator.
The rich voice of Don Michael Sampson has this hypnotic effect and forces one to listen.
Hans van Dam
Country Gazette, Netherlands
"When this very good, but unknown by the "general public" singer/songwriter phoned me to thank me for the article that I did on him in Rootstown "Hall Of Frame" he mentioned that he was writing songs for at least two new CDs. Several years later I got a call from my chief that Don Michael Sampson's CD finally was delivered in the mailbox. After listening to this masterpiece I was pleased that Sampson had released it on his own label --- Red Horse Productions and took care of the simple kind of layout of the CD.
OLD WOOD BRIDGE was recorded somewhere in the Tennessee country at the "Backwoods Shack Studio" on an old 4-track recording machine and two microphones. Don Michael also plays all the instruments (drums, keyboards, and all kinds of guitars) and also sings the harmony on several tracks.
This double CD hold two "concept discs," as the artist points out. One is the "Plow The Fields" disc on which you'll find Don Michael's songs describing the spirit of Mother Nature in all the rootsy facets, while the "Jesus On the Mainline" disc is somewhat more religious and is filled with more relaxed and intimate music. There are strong connections between the music of Don Michael Sampson and songwriting icons like John Prine and Bob Dylan. Everybody who is looking for a CD, which can compete with the best of the late Townes van Zandt, has to go and look for a copy of this as soon as possible, because what OLD WOOD BRIDGE offers belongs to the best I had to listen to this year. Thanks DMS, but please don't let me wait too long for the next CD."
Rootstown Magazine, Belguim
|BLACK FLOWER (2001)
"Folk Troubadour Don Michael Sampson has been described by various reviewers as having a poet's eye, soul, and spirit. Here he pays tribute to some of the poets, both lyric and visual, who have inspired him: Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh among them. Like most of Sampson's work, it's full of subtle melodies, sparse guitar, and intimate story songs. BLACK FLOWER is second in a three-disc trilogy Sampson released in early 2002."
|POWDER BLUE SKIES (2001)
"POWDER BLUE SKIES was conceived in the Southwestern desert --- Taos, New Mexico to be exact -- and is best when listened to under a sky full of powder blue stars. Sampson's sound on this disc, his third solo release in six months, is slightly more immediate, the lyrics rawer. On "Spirit Song" he emulates the sound of a rattler with a pair of maracas and "Santa Fe Rose" features Spanish style guitar."
All Music Guide.com
"Acknowledged in the USA as a talented songwriter based on his previous albums (AMERICANSONGS, COYOTE, CRIMSON WINDS, COPPER MOON), compared time and time again to Neil Young and John Prine, praised for his country rock with members of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, appreciated for his celebration of the beauty and darkness of the American South "OLD WOOD BRIDGE" or his (Tribute) to poetry (Gauguin, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Dylan, Van Gogh) "BLACK FLOWER."
Don Michael Sampson comes to us with an intimate album inspired by his settling in Taos, New Mexico. The sound is soft, muted, recorded with no huge effects, just a man and his guitar. Don has a rootsy voice that conveys sincerity, melancholy and a free spirit that creates a familiar feeling. It goes from landscape ("Old Spanish Highway" "White Adobe Windows," prehension "Spirit Song," heartbreak "Santa Fe Rose," to the frontier reality with its echo of the attraction/repulsion between the US and Mexico "Borderline."
Pure Poetry (better understand English!) and a revelation which makes you want to hear his other CDs.
Keep an eye on him. To be continued ......."
Le Cri du Coyote, France
"Don Michael Sampson is a stubble-voiced, storytelling American troubadour who stops along the way to make spare, engaging, one-man records. Two of his three albums in about as many months, POWDER BLUE SKIES and double Cd OLD WOOD BRIDGE, were recorded in a New Mexico adobe and a leaky cabin in Tennessee. The former is mostly spare country-folk with a dash of Mexicana, like eavesdropping on a hushed, private show. OLD WOOD BRIDGE, a little less minimalist, is equally packed with melodies -- folksy road-blues (U.S. Road), country (Mountain Song) and fine ballads (Devil's Curse)."
"POWER BLUE SKIES is again a very intimate album on which Don Michael reveals his spiritual life, after having moved to Taos, New Mexico.
This is a real singer/songwriter album without spectacular effects, only one man and his guitar in the middle of this beautiful nature of the 'borderline area' (Mexico-US). Nature on this album plays a major role, look at the titles( Old Spanish Highway, Wide Open Plains, Powder Blue Skies, Bird Song,) and you'll understand why.
Also the love/hate relation between the USA and Mexico is a dominant presence ie. Borderline, Sound Of Spanish Voices ...), also is the love of the Indians, the original inhabitants of this area and is addressed in the beautiful Spirit Song.
In short, both BLACK FLOWER and POWDER BLUE SKIES are of inexpressible beauty and are of great class and show the love for his profession and for fellow artists.
He also recently did a wonderful one-song cud OUT AMONG THE STARS which he wrote to honor his deceased friend Waylon Jennings. It also comes with a beautiful artistic print. So make your mind up fast to order this cd since it is a very limited edition and only available through his website."
|COPPER MOON (1995)
"I want to point the music lover towards a product of absolute quality that needs no fear of comparison with the most important singer/songwriter products of 1995.
Trust .... a truly serious thing. For my part I remember that I trusted Sampson immediately, when I bought his first two records AMERICANSONGS and COYOTE in the United States directly after their release --- these are also two great records. What genre is he, whom does he resemble? Simple questions, but difficult to answer. He writes songs, he sings them one after another in a linear fashion, with a stentorian voice, supported by an exact and refined instrumentation, simple and classic, based on acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums.At times something different is added to the mix, or the rhythm section disappears, as in several songs on this COPPER MOON album. Thats all? Well, any Simple Simon can do that, someone might object. Thats just it. When a true artist does it, the result can be a masterpiece! Now Don Michael Sampson, he's a true artist, as God is my witness: a great singer/songwriter -- one whose backpack is loaded with substance --- and I assure you that his records are an absolute priority for the demanding listener. Dry and decisive musicality that unwinds sinuously, enchanting, in a folk/rock context of absolute quality. Everything is reduced to essentials: nice sound with only a few instruments, big, very big impact beyond a doubt. Don Michael Sampson does not have a great voice, but he has 'that' voice ... the voice of someone who has wandered in the desert, of someone who has lost his belongings, of someone who suffers. As a guitarist, he does what he has to, and it's fine like that. At times it seems to me almost as if you could think of Sampson as a possible evolution (dimensionally parallel but inevitably differentiated) of ...well, John Prine, for that way of doing country rock and folk rock so offhandedly that it does'nt even seem to be that any more. Listen to the first song on COPPER MOON (Three White Horses) and judge for yourself. This is also the first of six instrumental pieces, with Ben Keith on steel, slide and tambourine. Warren Haynes on electric (lead and slide), Michael Rhodes or Dave Pomeroy on bass. Chad Cromwell or Craig Krampf on drums. On two occasions you also hear Larry Knechtal's piano. Sampson plays acoustic (Martin, Gibson) and also the twelve-string. There is sadness in the grooves of this disk, at times desperation; always there's something magic, something bewitching. I should list the songs at this point: listen, they are all beautiful. I would not know how to choose. An indispensable album, which you really can't do without ... it is still hard for me to realize that it really exists."
Out of Time Magazine/Milan, Italy
"This is the fourth album release by one of America's closest guarded secrets, the unique talent known as Don Michael Sampson. Judging from his recordings, his influences range from the Johnny Burnette Rock n Roll Trio through to Neil Young and thrown into the melting pot for good measure are his own smoky tinged vocals, all in all a potent mixture which deserves to be heard by audiences who appreciate true artistry. 1995 sees the issue of his latest offering COPPER MOON. This is a veritable potpourri of compositions, tempos and themes but all bearing a personal identification. Sleeping Dogs is a song cut at the first take with a strong blues influence, mean and moody vocals and lyrics full of apprehension. Three White Horses and Blue are good honky tonk shuffles which leave the listener feeling happy in the first instance and with mixed emotions in the latter case. 61 Road has a Richie Valens chugging style guitar and Black Tambourine is an atmospheric song with a crying guitar. Both paint a portrait of a guy on a stage in a corner of a smoke filled bar pouring his heart out in song. Red Bird In The Rain has full backing from the likes of Larry Knechtal, Ben Keith, Dave Pomeroy and Craig Kramph and is just a plain old beautiful song. Acoustic offerings include Dark Horse Rider, Strongest of Stars, Lonesome Ace and All There is To Know which all have meaningful lyrics demanding to be listened to. Thieves has a degree of improvisation evident (and how many classic songs have come about in this manner) and Long Time Ago has a strong gospel feel. Both songs evoke a picture of life in the Southern backwoods. This is certainly one of the better offerings of 1995 and is well worth seeking out."
freelance music critic/UK
"This record is the surprise of the year in the group made of nocturnal songs of the wish and loners with unquiet blood. The songs play and I listen carefully breathing in a Nebraska haze, a rough Southern sound and moonlight made ballads. Formerly from California this poet/artist has for the most part been unjustly overlooked for his prior albums AMERICANSONGS, COYOTE and the more recent CRIMSON WINDS. Lets hope this magnificent and shadowy COPPER MOON can repay Don Michael Sampson, songwriter of quality and experience and shining poetry. The presence of an itchy slide like that of Warren Hayes (Government Mule) tell a lot about the swampy atmosphere of the tracks. Sampson exhibits his guitars, mainly acoustic and extracts from them seducing sounds with a suffering and autumn voice, made of sorrowful intimacy. All songs have been written by him, many recorded at his home. These songs are enlightened by bright light and sad like the day overwhelmed by shadows. But the dark zones are a leit-motiv of this record, mind you. The introspection of Strongest of Stars, the rough blues of 61 Road ....hard and full of bloodlines at the surface and whispered between teeth on the dull and original wires of a 30's guitar (he brought for $5 in the California desert). And the smoky Thieves coming from an acoustic guitar with a slide reigning alone in winding lines. Guitars, like old wine --- let's enjoy, if an old guitar gives us a magnificent Red Bird In The Rain. Lonesome Ace bent in melancholy, is the clearest water of the record -- my favorite, and Warren Haynes solos that rave in the electric Sleeping Dogs, the airy rhythm of Three White Horses valuable country to be played in a Chevrolet driving along the plains. Blue intrigues me, written in a moment of sadness and dedicated to a dog ---one of the same name, like mine, who died some years ago, always in my mind (pardon my sentimentality). Don Michael Sampson is a true craftsman, working by himself, in the silence of his room, while the dark night stands still hearing. Sincere to the bone, essential in the magic of his singing. Easy owner of one of the records on the year."
"Don Michael Sampson has his own unique style, very distant from the so called Nashville sound. He sounds more like Neil Young or Johnny Burnette. His ballads radiate a melancholy, very much like the songs of Leonard Cohen. He creates an atmosphere of a troubadour traveling the world, with a guitar on his back. His lyrics give you this abstract, mysterious unreachable feeling. This CD is a Groeiplaat --- which means the more you listen to the songs the better they get."
Hans van Dam
"Although he's a country lad at heart, Sampson skirts through troubadour folk country, tangles heavily with blues and even dabbles in a spot of near-space rock, showing off influences that include Neil Young, Johnny Burnette and Townes van Zandt. His sound is a varied combination that relies heavily on word play and atmospheric background strummings to create moods that sweep over the listener like moisture-heavy clouds."
Country Music International/UK
|CRIMSON WINDS (1988)
"A real find this: country-cum-rock not so much in the new Country vein as it is in the singer/songwriter sort which yielded greats like Prine and Stewart. Intense lyrics, great musicianship --- the Long Ryders for adults."
Performance and Recording Rating: (A-1)
Hi-Fi News and Record Review/UK
"Sampson is first and foremost a serious songwriter whose philosophical tales of life and loneliness are one of the rewarding aspects of CRIMSON WINDS. The fact that he is a gifted lyricist, whose straightforward songs create strong moods and images, has led to the obvious comparisons to John Hiatt, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine. And like these gifted writers, Sampson enlists a group of topnotch sidemen to guarantee that his lyrical visions get the treatment they deserved, the most notable of whom is Barry Byrd Burton of the Amazing Rhythm Aces on lead guitar. The production is strong and overall the sound quality of this disc is good. From the country twang of Cherokee River to the hard edged rock of Long Black Train, Don Michael Sampson is a promising artist and CRIMSON WINDS is a pleasant listening experience."
Rock and Roll Disc
"This is a fine album by this California based singer/songwriter. The ten songs are all written by Sampson and are particularly strong on imagery. Heart Pumping Like Thunder gets things off to a driving start and leads into the long and emotive Lone Wolf with Byrds guitar stalking Sampson's gritty vocals. It is on the rockier numbers like Long Black Train and Six String Healing Wheel that things really cook. A solid album, well produced and nicely packaged by Red Horse Productions, that helps to consolidate Don Michael Sampson's position as a singer/songwriter of note."
"Sampson is best suited, it seems, for mid to slow-tempo burners such as Lone Wolf and Long Black Train ...on these two tracks Sampson achieves a lasting memorable intensity. His band serves him well throughout the disc, especially in the cases of guitarist Barry Byrd Burton and backup vocalists Donna McElroy and Vicki Hampton. The sonics are clear, full and impressively balanced. If Sampson could consistently match the quality of Lone Wolf he'd be golden!"
"...songs that testify to the strength and spiritual perseverance of the heart. Each of his songs is a palpable exploration of the power, redemption and freedom of the soul."
"...an enriching chronicle of an artist."
"Sampson has a poets eye for detail and a story tellers feel for drama. Among these ten original compositions, Heart Pumping Like Thunder, Long Black Train and Six String Healing Wheel."
"If you stretch your imagination far enough, you'll be able to regard Don Michael Sampson as a country artist. But his husky, whispered style has more in common with musical renegades such as John Prine, Lee Clayton and Townes Van Zandt. CRIMSON WINDS is Sampson's third album, and its a rough-hewn affair that exudes a great deal of charm. The album was recorded on the run with a small budget, for an independent label; thats a good thing in this case for although it has country rock sensibilities, Sampson's music doesn't adhere to the regional country music traditions of Texas, Tennessee or California. Its more accurate to describe Sampson as a modern day American troubadour poet, who is ably assisted by such illustrious musicians as guitarist Barry Byrd Burton (ex Amazing Rhythm Aces), Jay Spell on keyboards, Clyde Brooks on drums, and Nashville session mainman Michael Rhodes on bass."
New Hi-Fi Sound/UK
"His rich lyrical tales are underscored by some tight instrumental work from a stellar band that includes one time Amazing Rhythm Aces guitarist Barry Burton. The seven-minute Lone Wolf is a standout that features strong vocals from Sampson and some blistering guitar work. Fighter has hints of Dire Straits."
"Sampson is a writer of image-rich songs that usually take on mythic proportions. Youll hear traces of John Prine, the Grateful Dead, Dire Straits and the outlaw country of Waylon Jennings in the album that overall is...strong."
"Don Michael Sampson's music occupies territory hovering around the country rock side of Waylon Jennings, incorporating outlaw sounds and shades of Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Good ole boys out there should check out the high meat content of CRIMSON WINDS, the relishing guitar work of Byrd Burton and assorted Nashville whizkids."
"CRIMSON WINDS is one of the best country rock albums we've ever heard and we hope to hear a great deal of him in the future. It's just great."
"One of the best things about being a reviewer is that occasionally an album on a small or privately owned label comes along that features a little-known performer with the potential to become a major artist.
Such is the case with Don Michael Sampson, a California-based singer/songwriter, and COYOTE is his second self-produced, self-marketed album.While most of Nashville is scurrying to find the hottest crossover tune, or locate a studio with enough tracks to accommodate the 65,000 strings that producers like to put behind lonesome pickers these days. Sampson is doing his best to retain the crisp folk side of progressive country music.
Several reviewers have likened Sampson's style to the outlaw approach of Waylon Jennings, and careful listeners will hear traces of Dylan, Kristofferson and Prine in his work. Sampson says he hopes COYOTE has a sense of timelessness to it in the tradition of Gram Parsons's GRIEVOUS ANGEL or Neil Young's HARVEST.
Those are pretty big overalls to fill, but Sampson --- more of a songwriter than a singer -- is a considerable talent, one capable of crafting haunting and highly literate songs, sometimes, as in Thief In Mexico, about little more than thought and mood. Most of the time however, he writes about love and life on the road, always with the lyrical sweep of a hippiefied John Donne as in the chorus from Love Is Like A Wheel.
Doubtless, part of the strength of Coyote derives from Sampson's choice of sideman, including three members of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band --- the supremely gifted Frank Reckard on guitar, Don Heffington on drums, and Wayne Goodwin on fiddle --- and Ben Keith, who's worked with Neil Young for the past ten years on pedal steel and dobro. Players such as these make most session musicians sound like play-by-number oafs. Heffington is particularly brilliant on Thief In Mexico, and Reckard's acoustic Spanish-style solo on Way Of A Rose, is beautiful beyond words. COYOTE is a lovely album, a reflection of a poets soul."
'Best of The Month'
"Sampson is an inspired writer --- all of the songs are his --- and a moving performer. Members of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band provide stellar backing. The lonely lyricism sounds country, but the energy is rock."
"He has much to be proud of the LP contains memorable lyric passages as well as exceptional picking. Thief In Mexico and Way Of A Rose evoke Sampson's Mexican sojourn. Fine Wine love and Love Is Like A Wheel and potential hit You Are The One are as inspiring as any truly great love song ever composed. These are uncommonly sincere, strikingly literate, deeply haunting songs."
Robert K. Oermann
"One of the best records, the writer of this article has heard lately. Sampson is one of the most talented singer/songwriters of the last years ...every song is a true delight to listen to. Most beautiful, sometimes poetic lyrics played by some excellent musicians."
Hans van Drunen
"Sampson wrote all the tracks and produced the album as well, so he's one heck of a talented fellow. A song has to be good to hold my attention for over five minutes, and Fine Wine Love does that with some tasty steel by Ben Keith and a heavy rhythm section. Nearly all the tracks are excellent."
Country Music People/UK
"The southern California 'kitchen' hasn't been able to eliminate or de-fuse one of its' last outlaws. Don Michael Sampson has been able to successfully resist falling into the pablum. He lives --- and how!
True, his arrangements are softer, the lyrics sweeter, the music more fluid. But the basic feeling remains --- the Jack Kerouac's on the road yearning, the secret --- hidden love and impressions from the abysses of American society. Without question I'm nominating COYOTE for my personal grammy."
"Sampson's first LP lyrically evokes images of the history and road life of America ...Frank Reckhard, Emmylou Harris' sideman, provides solid accompaniment with electric, acoustic, lap steel and bottleneck guitars. AMERICANSONGS portends a fine musical future for Don Michael Sampson."
"A forthright, serene set of neo-country rock."
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
"Sampson is unquestionably a very talented songwriter. The twelve original tunes of AMERICANSONGS are ...spirited, memorable and highly literate country songs that show their author to be one of the more insightful writers in the genre I've heard recently. A very strong set of song."
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