Sammy Brue / Alaska Reid / Will Fox

Sammy Brue

Realism and storytelling are qualities that are prominent onI Am Nice, the 17-year-old Utah singer-songwriter's New West debut. The 12-song album—produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and John Paul White of the Civil Wars—shows the young troubadour to be a timeless talent whose catchy compositions embody the sort of wisdom, empathy and insight that's usually associated with more experienced songwriters.On such distinctive originals as "I Know," "Was I the Only One," "I Never Said" and "Control Freak,”Sammy Bruedemonstrates a rare knack for placing himself in the shoes of others, real or fictionalized, and writing melodically inventive, emotionally resonant stories about them. No wonder he's been hailed as an "Americana prodigy" by Rolling Stone and as a "wunderkind" by American Songwriter, as well as receiving early attention from The Wall Street Journal and The Fader, and from his local ABC TV station.Sammy Brue has been writing songs since the age of 10. After receiving an acoustic guitar from his father for Christmas, he quickly embraced the instrument and began learning the songs of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Within two months, he'd written his first original, pointedly titled "The Woody Guthrie Song."Demonstrating an impressive level of drive and dedication, Sammy busked at the Sundance film festival when was just 11 years old, performed at the Newport Folk Festival, and opened shows for the likes of Hayes Carll, Lydia Loveless, John Moreland, Lukas Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Asleep at the Wheel. He also released a trio of homespun but remarkably accomplished EPs—The Ghost of Woody Guthrie,The Bootleg SessionsandI Don't Want You to Leave -which helped to spread word of Brue's talent beyond his home state.Among the first to champion Sammy's talents was fellow artist Justin Townes Earle, who invited him to open for him after meeting Sammy and his dad on a tour stop, and later featured him on the cover of his 2014 albumSingle Mothers. The growing buzz helped Brue to win a recording deal with New West, home of such Americana icons as Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and John Hiatt.-Jefferson Public Radio

Alaska Reid

Alaska Reid is a 22 year old songwriter/singer/guitarist. She previously had a dream pop band called Alyeska (the archaic spelling of Alaska), who recorded their last album, "Crush" at the Magic Shop with legendary rock producer John Angello. Originally from Park County, Montana (mistakes + heartbreaks + shattered love + beauty and bad blood ) Alaska has been playing in Los Angeles since she was a teenager. Some of the artists who have inspired her include The Pretenders, Merle Haggard, Dinosaur Jr, The Replacements and Big Thief. Reid seeks to create a world within her lyrics and finds inspiration from writers such as Flannery O’Connor, Richard Ford and Patrick Rothfuss. She is bored of genres and is currently working on a new solo project set to be released some time in the near future.



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