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May 5, 2018

Sam Lewis Releases New Album 'Loversity'

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October 6, 2017

Sam Lewis Announces New Album 'Loversity', Billboard Premieres Music Video, “One and the Same”

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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 Leon Russell to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. And while he’s often labeled with some form of the word ‘soulful’ (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis’ style meets at a juncture of many different genres. There’s something about Sam Lewis that is indescribably different -- and with his newest project, he’s discovered what most musicians spend lifetimes working for -- the place where feel-good music meets vital social commentary.

When Lewis decided to make the move from Knoxville to Nashville in summer 2009, he was still working full-time at Walmart (a gig that lasted nearly a decade). In his off-time, he began playing smaller local venues including the 5 Spot, where he met fellow singer-songwriter Matt Urmy. After forming a friendship, Urmy offered to help Lewis “We went to his basement, I laid down some songs, we pieced a band together and made a record in a couple days at Eastwood Studios.” That record would become Lewis’s first official release and self-titled debut that featured Nashville greats Kenny Vaughan, Reggie Bradley Smith, Dave Jacques, and Derek Mixon. And with Lewis’ sole intention of moving to be a musician that ‘records it and tours it’ — he did just that — traveling from Nashville to New York via train to play shows, then spending a month in England.

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 sophomore 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. While No Depression compared Lewis’ soulful style with the likes of Al Green and Van Morrison, Craig Havighurst (Music City Roots) coined Waiting on You as “Americana with a groovy twist”. While the album racked in incredible reviews, Lewis’ booking agency also got bought out in the same time frame — unfortunately leaving him with a solid album, but no tour dates to show for it.

Lewis applied to work at a Post Office in East Nashville but by the time he got a call for a second interview, someone else had called with a more enticing offer: the opening spot for the Traveler release show, Chris Stapleton’s Grammy-winning album. From there, life moved fast. Lewis toured with Stapleton for the remainder of summer 2015, and by January 2016, found himself playing sold-out 2 and 3-night shows at venues like The Tabernacle and the Ryman Auditorium.

During that time, Lewis was driving to play a show in Richmond when he spotted a bright, rainbow building just off the interstate. “The building had a word on it, but all I could see was -SITY,” he says, “I immediately said ‘loversity’, even though the sign said ‘diversity’. My friend and I Googled it and it wasn’t a real word, but I thought, well, I like that word.” A week later, Lewis returned home and immediately wrote “Loversity”, which would set the tone for his album.

Lewis’ forthcoming record Loversity is set to be released on May 4, 2018. 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 first born 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.

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Press Clippings

Album Release Show (Rolling Stone Country)

Now/It’s: Sam Lewis at 3rd & Lindsley (Now/It’s)

105: Sam Lewis (Roots Now)

Today in Nashville (WSMV)

Cream Premiere: See Sam Lewis and His Pal Brave the Elements in ‘Natural Disaster’ [Fresh Vid] (Nashville Scene)

Video Premiere: Sam lewis’ “Loversity” (Cowboys & Indians Magazine)

Trail Mix – May 2018 (Blue Ridge Outdoors)

WDVX Camperfest: With a new album and his ties to East Tennessee, Sam Lewis finds ample reasons for a return (The Daily Times)

Artist Spotlight: Sam Lewis (The 11th Hour)

Sam Lewis Releases “Loversity” & Tour (Entertainment Magazine)

Sam Lewis Brings Swampy Southern Soul to “Loversity” (Album Review) (Glide Magazine)

Stream Sam Lewis’ New Album Loversity (American Songwriter)

Sam Lewis Brings Us Together Through “Loversity (premiere) (PopMatters)

Sam Lewis Details New Album ‘Loversity’, Shares 2018 Tour Dates (Go See Live Music)

Sam Lewis returning to the Old Rock House (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Sam Lewis Talks About Forthcoming Album “Loversity” at Luck Reunion (Blurred Culture)

SXSW 2018: Thursday at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion (Part 1) – 15th March 2018 (There Goes The Fear)

Portraits of a Musical Life (Garden & Gun)

Interview: Matt Chrystal Talks to Sam Lewis (CoolDad Music)

A Musically Fashionable Reunion, Luck Style (The Bluegrass Situation)

Sam Lewis, Loversity (No Depression)

Legendary Performances at Luck Reunion – The Real SXSW (Highlark)

Luck Reunion Music Festival 2018 in Spicewood, Texas (Texas Review)

SXSW Offshoot Festival Luck Reunion Brings Jam-Packed Lineup to Willie Nelson’s Ranch (Glide Magazine)

Interview: We meet Sam Lewis at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion in Austin (Th AU Review)

Luck Reunion 2018 (Music Savage)

Spring 2018 | “Art of Living” | Issue No. 18 (Art + Design)

Sam Lewis’ Universal Love (Austin Monthly)

Americana up-and-comer Sam Lewis discusses political tendencies and the importance of Willie Nelson (The Daily Texan)

Interview: Sam Lewis talks about the Savannah Stopover Music Festival and upcoming album ‘Loversity’ (AXS)

The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #56 – Sam Lewis (The Paul Leslie Hour)

Sam Lewis (Daytrotter)

Mahindra Open Sky: Piyush Mishra, Ayushmann Khurana perform at first edition of cultural fest (First Post)

Loversity (Surviving the Music Industry)

Sam Lewis Premieres ‘One and the Same’ From Upcoming Third Album ‘Loversity’: Exclusive (Billboard)


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Tour Dates

June 9 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
June 10 – Boston, MA – Atwood’s Tavern
June 12 – Washington, D.C. – Pearl Street Warehouse
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
June 14 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House
June 15 – Lexington, KY – Willie’s Locally Known
June 16 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
June 22 – Birmingham, AL – The Saturn
June 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
June 28 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
June 29 – Chicago, IL – Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival
June 30 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
July 29  – Aberdeen, NC – The Rooster’s Wife