Photo Credit: Jordan Llanes
Sam Outlaw wowed me one hungover morning during SXSW. I had spent the end of the night prior having my doors blown off by Run The Jewels. It was my 5th day of SXSW, it was raining and my knees were killing me. I walked into the backyard of Lichas in East Austin, ordered a Bloody Mary; having never heard of Sam Outlaw. Over the next thirty minutes, he wowed me over with soulful twang and I subsequently became enamored with his debut Angeleno. Now he’s back with his sophomore effort, Tenderheart out on 4/14/17 via Six Shooter Records. Here’s a little more info from his PR squad.
On ‘Tenderheart,’ Outlaw offers an extraordinary refinement of the artistic identity laid out on ‘Angeleno’. Sonically, the album elaborates on his “SoCal Country” sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country’s neo-traditionalists and LA’s legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically, ‘Tenderheart’ is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love – from the cinematic mariachi-laced climax on opener “Everyone’s Looking For Home,” to the determined swagger on side-A highlight “Trouble,” to torch song showstopper “Diamond Ring” – Outlaw meditates on his own conflicted quest for peace amidst the chaos of his chosen path.
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