May 2013 sees the digital release of Sam Hare’s Good things always EP, the long-awaited follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut Down to the sea. The EP features four brand new originals – the Delaney & Bonnie inspired title track Good things always, Never say never, Distant London and the haunting instrumental Low tide. It serves as a taster for his next full album release.
Sam Hare is a Londoner who is best known as a blues artist, but as Down to the sea proved, blues can be mixed with southern soul, country, americana and gospel to provide a melting pot of contemporary roots music. Blues in Britain magazine called the debut “…genre-defying”, while Guitarist magazine described him as “…a burgeoning talent…a seasoned pro…one to watch”. And Uncut wrote “…authentic, dense blues & country-soul…an impressive debut.”
Down to the sea was recorded and produced by Simon Law, and then mastered by Giles Martin. It featured a guest appearance from Matt Schofield, as well as a song co-written with Ian Siegal. The album was quickly picked by various global radio stations, most notably BBC Radio London – and especially Robert Elms, who randomly played a song in the middle of a week-day afternoon, and then called him in for two interview/live sessions. Sam was also featured on Jo Goode’s Sunday Sessions on the same radio station.Renowned music journalist and DJ Paul Sexton was another champion of the album, inviting Sam to play for his Emirates ‘in session’ series, and other around that time sessions included NME’s Selector and Resonance FM, as well as multiple plays on BBC Radio 2.
Sam Hare has come up through the British Blues scene, playing alongside the likes of the fore-mentioned Matt Schofield and Ian Siegal, plus the likes of Jeremy Spencer, Buddy Whittington, Scott McKeon, Lee Sankey and Raphael Ravenscroft. He was also personally invited to guest with Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) a few years ago, and has recently opened up for Jack Bruce, Vintage Trouble, Mark Flanegan, James Hunter, as well as Schofield and Siegal. Sam has also written or co-written songs for the last three albums by Ian Siegal – The Dust, Broadside, and The Skinny, and co-wrote the opening track ‘All you need’ with Matt Schofield for his first studio album Siftin’ thru ashes.
As well as the clubs and pubs of London, Sam has also toured and played all over the world, from the USA to Russia, plus much of Europe, and has played festivals including Bospop, Bestival and The Big Chill. He can be seen either solo acoustic, or with his full band.