Since the beginning of the modern music industry, certain musical genres have always remained true to the development of the American cultural landscape. The music born in the Southern United States and created by African Americans has been and remains the major influence in defining what we consider contemporary commercial music. Whether it’s Jazz, Rock, R&B, Funk, Hip Hop or Rap, the Blues is where it all began and it remains a valid influence in American music.
In the tradition of the true Southern Blues Masters, we proudly present the “Crown Prince of the Blues” Sammy Blue. Sammy’s nick name was given to him by the late great Muddy Waters as he uniquely exemplifies both traditional and contemporary genres of Blues. He effortlessly transitions from authentic solo Blues performances to legendary high energy dynamic band presentations throughout his career. During the past forty years, this versatility has enabled Mr. Blue to perform on four continents and as opening act for such greats as: Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Jerry Garcia, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, KoKo Taylor, Memphis Slim, the Wailers and Delbert McClinton, among many others.
He has performed on various festivals, in hundreds of clubs and on numerous events throughout his career. He also acted as musical technical advisor and appeared in NBC’S critically acclaimed TV series “I’ll Fly Away,” for which he wrote and performed the song, “Delta Shuffle” for the pilot. Mr. Blue also appeared in Lorimar/Paramount’s TV production of “Mama Flora’s Family.” His original compositions can be found in the documentary “Blues Stories” and the movie “Mending Hearts.” He also co-starred in the stage play “SPUNK” as “Blues Guitar Man.” He can currently be seen in the Clint Eastwood/Warner Brothers movie “Trouble with the Curve” with Justin Timberlake. In the movie, Sammy performs his original song “Everythang & Mo” from his latest “Hottrax Records” release, Sammy Blue “A Blues Odyssey.” Fans can also look forward to seeing Sammy in the lead role of Bluesman I.B. King in the upcoming 2014 release of Producer/Director’s Toby Hubner’s independent Blues film “WE BE KINGS.”
However, to truly grasp the career path and craft development of such a dynamic artist, one must go much further back into his life. Taj Mahal said “Sammy Blue of Atlanta is one of the Best Kept secrets in roots Music” and for good reasons.
His love and respect for indigenous African American music began at the early age of eight when he heard the great Piedmont guitarist Buddy Moss at his favorite uncle’s annual Fourth of July BBQ. Two years later he attended his first concert which featured T. Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, Moms Mabley and Pig Meat Markham. The following year he witnessed his first outdoor concert which featured Ray Charles, Clarence Carter and the 11 year old Stevie Wonder. Seeing a kid his same age performing was both a shock and a revelation he would never forget. Some years later at age 15 he began working at concerts as an usher at the Atlanta City Auditorium where he met Jimi Hendrix and was taught his very first Blues song, “Red House” and was told by Jimi, “Never let anyone fool you, all American popular music comes from the Blues.” He was hooked forever at that very moment. He became convinced that to learn the Blues he must learn it from the true innovators and inventors of Blues music. He was blessed to be granted the friendship, tribal membership and mentorship by many of the greatest Blues performer/guitarists of the century and learn from them directly. This accounts for his powerful style of performing and writing. His list of direct influences is endless and includes the likes of: T. Bone Walker, Brownie McGee, Freddie King, Lightin’ Hopkins, Big Joe Williams, Albert King, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Johnny Shines, Howling Wolf, Willie Dixon, George Benson, Albert Collins, Sleepy John Estes, Homesick James, Curtis Mayfield, Doc Watson, Otis Rush, Luther Allison, Fred McDowell and many others, most especially the Godfather of the Blues Muddy Waters.
We believe that these incredible experiences make Sammy Blue a truly unique talent and exceptional live entertainer. He has molded his craft into a virtual performance that exemplifies the very heart and soul of African American Blues, Soul and Funk music. This blesses him with a versatility, humor, style and authenticity that amaze audiences worldwide.
Agency The Moe Bernstein Agency