The Musical Soul Stylings Of Sam Houston & BLK ODYSSY Impressed At SXSW Check Out Our Thoughts And Photos From His Performance At Austin's Empire Garage
AUSTIN, TX- You ever hit up a show for one act, but while you’re waiting for what you came for you hear something new and end up buying more spending more on merch for that band than it cost to get in? That’s kind of how it was for me when I arrived at the Empire Garage and saw/heard Sam Houston perform. There wasn’t a merch booth at the show, but I immediately jumped into the photo pit to snap some photos of Sam Houston and his band even though hand’t planned on doing so before I got there.
I love me some good neo-soul. Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, D’Angelo … you give me some smoothed out contemporary R&B/Soul and top it off with a some jazz musicianship, and rough it up around the edges with a little rock & roll, and you’ve given me something intriguing to listen to. I’m a guaranteed instant fan. Sam Houston and his band used their short 30-40 minute set and made me a believer.
Backed by BLK ODYSSY, Sam’s performance was sonically on point. While the cuts available on the Spotify playlist above reveal more of the soulful side of Sam’ musicality, this performance at the Empire Garage melded a lot of different genres and sonics, and I loved how they were all fused together into a cohesive whole. I love the jam session between the guitarist and bassist, and I love how the wild instrumentation always seemed to refocus back on Sam when he stepped back up to the mic.
I read online that Sam was supposed to have released a new album in January, but I can’t seem to find any links to it. If anybody has any leads, please drop a tip in the comments below.
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