It’s been an incredible, and at times, overwhelming few years for Austin-based artist Sam Riggs since he burst onto the indie music scene in 2013 with a powerful debut album that quickly marked him as a brilliant new talent whose break into real stardom was a foregone conclusion. His latest studio album aptly titled “Breathless,” the first to be released on his own label (Deep Creek Records) in 2016, has kicked Riggs’ steady career stride into a cross-country sprint that has left him lightheaded and gasping for breath, but he ain’t about to quit. Last week he proudly released his brand new single “Second Hand Smoke,” a highly addictive love song that captured the attention of Rolling Stone Country who featured the young artist and showcased the acoustic video performance of the song. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/5-minutes-in-texas-with-sam-riggs-20150220
“After writing ‘Second Hand Smoke’ with Matt Nolan, I was slightly spooked by how closely the song resembles me as a person. I have an addictive personality, and it pegs me 100%. Playing the song in front of a crowd for the first time showed me that so many other people relate to it as well, and in a very deep way… it’s become an anthem of sorts- the anthem of the imperfect and afflicted. I’ve never seen a song take on a life of its own as much as this one has, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally have it at radio. It’s one of my favorite songs from the album, and it will always be one of my favorites to play on stage every night.” – Sam Riggs
“Second Hand Smoke” marks the album’s third single release, and it definitely won’t be the last. The unanimous acclaim surrounding this album was palpable right from jump, and almost a year later has not slowed down, proving there is still plenty of life coursing through this body of work. The six-foot plus red headed troubadour is no longer one of the best kept secrets in Texas. To date, he has garnered 7.6 million total streams on Spotify, over 2 million views on YouTube, over 30,000 Facebook followers, 13,000 Twitter followers and 21,000 Instagram followers.
“Sam Riggs’ new single ‘Second Hand Smoke’ shows off his ability to write great lyrics that everyone can relate to. By the end of the song, the one that got away will be all you can think of. This song is a hit.” -Craig Vaughn (Program Director KPUR, Cumulus)
“Long before this song made the record, Sam was kind enough to play it for me. I told him I hoped that he would cut it as I thought it was a certifiable #1. This is the kind of song that will satisfy hard core fans and open the ears of new fans seeking solid, original country music.” -Justin Frazell (Program Director KFWR “The Ranch”)
“Breathless” made its first huge imprint in the industry landing a #3 debut spot on the iTunes Country chart following close on the heels of Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt. It ranked at #22 on the iTunes All Genre chart and #12 on the Billboard Country Album chart. The album’s first single “The Lucky Ones” has drawn over 900,000 stream son Spotify followed by the second single “High On A Country Song” that settled in at #6 on the Texas Country Chart. He has been featured twice on the nationally syndicated TV show “Texas Music Scene TV ” with 9-time Grammy winning host Ray Benson, had a #1 hit music video on CMT Pure, landed a music spot on the hit TV drama “Nashville” and has performed on some of the region’s most prestigious stages including Music Fest in Steamboat Springs and Larry Joe Taylor’s Fest, where he has become a regular. All this while still maintaining a tour schedule that boasts over 150 dates a year. Looks like Sam won’t be coming up for air anytime soon. www.samriggsandthenightpeople.com
“The extremely listenable project (Breathless) seems the perfect vehicle to slingshot the young artist to mainstream success.” -Country Weekly Magazine
“Here’s a special heads up for the producers of television’s ‘Nashville.” Hire this fellow Sam Riggs as one of your songwriters. Luke, Rayna, Deacon and the Exes could all benefit from his abilities. ” –No Depressionhttps://www.countryschatter.com/2017/03/sam-riggs-high-on-second-hand-smoke-and-he-aint-about-to-quit/New ReleasesPress ReleaseBreathless,Matt Nolan,Rolling Stone Country,Sam Riggs,Second Hand Smoke,Twitter