I got to see a lot of Sam Riggs recently. I watched his videos on YouTube, and, I watched a short clip of scenes from several concerts. I noticed from the videos on YouTube that I was hearing some good country music. I noticed from the short clip from some of his shows, that I was hearing the kind of rock music our younger generation is going to enjoy. Anyone who has been reading Country’s Chatter for the past seven years, knows that I’m not into ‘today’s country’. That country/pop, country/rap, country/rock sound just doesn’t work for me. But, somehow Sam managed to give me what I (the older country fan) wants, and what the kids today want as well.
He is more than a singer/songwriter. He’s a musician. Sam is very comfortable on stage, as he moves from acoustic guitar, to drums, electric guitar, fiddle, and banjo – and all the while, giving his audience some great vocals to enjoy. He has figured out how to entertain fans of all ages, and that might be part of the reason he has already opened for such great artists as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Diffie, Kevin Fowler, Pat Green, Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, and others.
There is a quote from Ray Wylie Hubbard at the top of the bio on Sam’s web site. I think Ray summed it up as well as anyone could, when he said, “Sam Riggs wears a legacy of honest country, makes good rock, writes lyrics that matter and straps on a stage presence second to none.” — Ray Wylie Hubbard
Sam’s latest album “Outrun The Sun” has been raved about from premier outlets including Country Weekly Magazine, Texas Music Magazine, Day Trotter, Engine 145, The Boot, and Billboard’s The 615 Blog. After listening to the album, you can add Country’s Chatter to that list of raving reviews. Sam wrote, or co-wrote, 10 of the 11 songs on this album. There are some good songs, there are some great songs. There are no bad songs. And, while there are some up-tempo, there was nothing I would call ‘rock’. “Hold On and Let Go” is my personal favorite. “Lighthouse” is another one I found myself listening to more than once. Any fan that likes the sound of older country music, or country with that specific ‘Texas sound’, is going to like this album.
Come Back Down
Someone Else’s Love
Fire & Dynamite
Hold On and Let Go
A few of the cuts on this album worth a special mention are “Collide,” which had a music spot on the ABC hit drama Nashville; and “When the Lights Go Out,” which hit No. 1 on CMT Pure. “Hold On and Let Go” peaked at No. 6 on CMT Pure, and is No. 7 on the Texas Music Chart. Can’t just stop there, without giving you a look and listen – Here’s Sam Riggs, and “Hold On and Let Go”.
Sam has been nominated for Lone Star Music Awards, New Artist of the Year; won Study Breaks Magazine, 2014 Artist of the Year; and was the winner of Texas Music Pickers, 2014 Artist of the Year. With 30,000 digital singles sold, and more than 10,000 full albums sold, He is well on his way to more nominations and awards in the future.
In addition to his web site, be sure to visit his Facebook page (and remember to “Like” it while you are there). You can follow him on Twitter @SamRiggsMusic. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.
Back with more soon. I have so many artists I want to tell you all about, and I have a very busy schedule right now. But, we’ll get more up here soon. In the meantime, keep those e-mails coming. It’s great hearing from all of you, and you know I do write back just as soon as I can!