"Angeleno by Sam Outlaw. Just beyond great songwriting. What a record."

RYAN ADAMS

"Sam Outlaw has a lot going for him. Talented singer and songwriter. A fan in Ry Cooder who guides this project with a subtlety and delicacy that is a pleasure to behold. Angeleno is an outstanding debut."

NO DEPRESSION


"His debut LP is a polished and cosmopolitan west coast take on traditional country music (he’s called it “SoCal country”) with songs that are moody and wry all at once."

THE GUARDIAN

"...a newcomer to the country scene busting out an album that's a pure winner straight out of the gate is certainly a feat."

DALLAS OBSERVER

“An album largely characterized by poetic depth."

PASTE

“An assured and engaging country music debut.”

BOSTON GLOBE

"A very fine debut album from Californian singer-songwriter, who has a wonderfully rich and mournful country voice."

THE TELEGRAPH

"A classic, fun and thought-provoking album which you will want to listen to again and again."

MAVERICK MAGAZINE

"The haunting pedal steel and electric guitar helps to drive the emotional song, which showcases why Outlaw is one of the most promising country artists of our time."

WIDE OPEN COUNTRY

"Outlaw has crafted an instant classic with his new album, Angeleno."

NPR
BIOGRAPHY
The future’s bright for the young Angeleno And an old song plays in his head Far as he knows. . .

These lines from the title track of Sam Outlaw's debut album Angeleno could almost serve as a haiku-like artist bio. Outlaw is a southern Californian singer-songwriter steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, absorbing the classic vibes of everything from '60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to '70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop and refashioning them into a sound that's pleasurably past, present and future tense.

“The music I play, I call 'SoCal country,'” says Outlaw. “It's country music but with a Southern California spirit to it. What is it about Southern California that gives it that spirit, I don't exactly know. But there's an idea that I like that says - every song, even happy songs, are written from a place of sadness. If there's a special sadness to Southern California it's that there's an abiding shadow of loss of what used to be. But then, like with any place, you have a resilient optimism as well.”

While he explores those shadows on the title track and the elegiac “Ghost Town,” Outlaw mostly comes down on the side of the optimists through Angeleno's dozen tracks. Opener “Who Do You Think You Are?” breezes in with south of the border charm, all sunny melody wrapped in mariachi horns, while “I'm Not Jealous” is a honky-tonker with a smart twist on the you-done-me-wrong plot. “Love Her For A While” has the amiable lope of early '70s Poco, “Old Fashioned” the immediacy of a touch on the cheek, and the future Saturday night anthem “Jesus Take The Wheel (And Drive Me To A Bar)” shows Outlaw has a sense of humor to match his cowboy poet nature. Throughout, producers Ry and Joachim Cooder frame the material with spare, tasteful arrangements, keeping the focus on Outlaw's voice. And it's a voice that indeed seems to conjure up California in the same way as Jackson Browne's or Glenn Frey's. Easy on the ears, open-hearted, always with an undertow of melancholy.

Dori Freeman

Dori Freeman is a twenty-five-year-old singer and songwriter from the southwestern hills of Virginia. Dori comes from a family of artists - her father and grandfather both respected musicians. Her style subscribes to no one genre, but the influence of her Appalachian upbringing lies at the core of her music - heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice. She sings without affect and with striking clarity.

Dori's style was shaped by American Roots music: Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, and Old Country. Her early introduction to musicians like Doc Watson, The Louvin Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, and Iris Dement have heavily influenced her music. Dori learned how to play the guitar at fifteen and began writing her own material a few years later, citing the work of Rufus Wainwright as the spark that inspired her to pen her first song.

Dori currently lives in Galax, VA.

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