Sammy Brue, 21 and Touring with a Heartbreaker...
Updated: Jan 11
Sammy Brue, a rising singer songwriter from Ogden, Utah. Following the headlining act on the tour he's on, in his van around the USA. I first met Sammy a few years ago I was working the Troubeliever Music Fest in Utah, when he was but a teen. Onstage putting his music out there to be heard.
A bit about Sammy Brue...At the age of ten, Sammy started writing his own songs. So he seemed pretty clear on his path from an early age. I worked with Sammy on two Troubeleiver festivals in Utah. I saw him both with his backing band and as a solo act. Great material, lots of natutal talent, a real hunger to share his music with others, and a super nice, humble young man to boot. Very focused on his goals for such a young man.
He has toured with Marcus King, Lindsey Buckingham, and others, and now he's touring with Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs. Big names and older established musicians for him to learn from, nightly. And he does. He's very observant and after his 6 song set, he hangs at the merch table where he greets enthusiastic new Brue fans.
When I queued up for the recent show at 'The Independent' venue, in San Francisco, the guys behind me were discussing Sammy and The Troubeleiver Festival! What a small world. Of course I struck up a conversation and it turned out to be the sponsor of the last festival. The Troubeleiver Festival was born from two musicians that are true beleivers in music. Monty Powell, (writing partner of Keith Urban and others), and his wife Anna Wilson. Anna has recorded and performed with Grammy award-winning artists Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Larry Carlton, Ray Price, Connie Smith and more. Together they are in a band called Troubadour 77. Anna and Monty put together this festival which spoke to budding singer/songwriters as it provided song writing workshops as part of the festival. Truely an amazing weekend experience for all. The headliners were great too, with Rodney Crowell, Emmy Lou Harris, Royal Bliss, members of Kansas, Survivor, Sammy Brue, Troubadour 77 and many more talented musicians filled the stage. Sadly, Covid has wiped out the festival for the last couple years, but I hope it will return eventually.
The Mike Campbell/Sammy Brue show was awesome. Sammy did great. Got a lot of new fans and Mike Campbell rocked the roof right off The Independant that night! Campbell played for an astounding 3 hours. He was obviously thrilled to be playing again.
After the show, Sammy walked me to my car, and made sure I was safe, like a true gentleman who has been taught well. His two sisters, both musical also and very loving and supportive parents, that met him on his next stop after Northern California at The Troubadour in Los Angeles!
I interviewed Sammy on his journey back to Utah where that night he was looking forward to sleeping in his own bed! This is how that went:
TMS: You are on your way to where now?
Sammy Brue: Boulder Colorado. But I get to sleep in my own bed tonight!
Then, I'm doing all the Texas dates until about May 1st with Mike Campbell.
TMS: You're 21, at the begininning of this possible massive career. What is it like to be young and see all the possibilities ahead of you....How does it feel to be 21 and see your path in front of you. The guys you've been touring with have pretty big names, but how does it feel to come onto a stage in front of Tom Petty fans and Fleetwood Mac fans?
Sammy Brue: Its been pretty daunting. Especially as an opener. I'm getting these amazing opportunities. I'm just trying to be ahead of the next step. I've been on tour with actual legends...These people who have played stadiums. Right now I'm in "college"...Not real college and I'm trying not to get kicked out. These tours are an education. I mean these dudes are like 70 years old they've been on the road since they were my age. I understand why they have their own green room, and their own proper tour busses. Lindsey Buckingham has two tour busses! I like that I can know its possibly that even when your 70 people come out to see you. They were essentially playing pop music back in the day. Part of me thinks I have to carry on the classic rock legacy. The music back in the day was great music. I want to make pop music but I want it to be good music as well. If Bob Dylan came out in 2022 it wouldn't have the same affect. Its all about timing. Its not the same time as it was back in the day. Times have changed. I need to keep my music up to date. I have to carve out my own little piece of the music. It's not about throwing TVs out the window anymore. Its about being professional in my daily life and how to present myself.