Hill Country Live Presents
Bovine Social Club
30 W. 26th St.
New York, NY, 10010
Bovine Social Club
Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club, is a grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana Alt-Country sounds sure to get your dancing cow on. One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas, Bovine Social Club is one of the fastest growing new Americana bands in Metro New York.
BSC grows uncommon songs of loving, lying, waiting, picnicking, gardening, contemplating, and making the days go really slow. Produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone, their sound is happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic, Juju, and gospel vocabularies. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!
Infused with nearly 100 years of combined musical skill and wisdom, they mine their experiences of traveling city streets and gravel roads to churches and pubs and concert halls, performing on some of the country's finest stages with some of the country's finest talent.
So this is where you find out who I am and where I came from and why I’ve decided to embark on the crazy journey of a singer/songwriter… Well let’s see… I grew up in Tiffin, OH a small town in Northwest Ohio. Ever hear of Cedar Point?… amusement park with great roller coasters… yup, it’s about an hour from there. Ohio will always have my heart, it was a great place to grow up and I love going home to visit. I am blessed with an amazing family. Aunts, Uncles and cousins spread out from all over the US and to as far as India. I’m very proud to be half Indian. My father is from Kerala… it’s the southern most part of India. I wish I could speak Malayalam, and one day maybe I will; In the mean time, I can connect to my heritage by cooking the food!
I was your average high school teenager. I was a drummer in marching band, in choir, in drama, played softball and was even a homecoming queen. Yes, even this tomboy can clean up from time to time. I started playing guitar at age 10 and was asked at 16 to join my first rock cover band. At 18, I decided the only way for me to pursue my dreams was to move to New York City. That was me being slightly naive, but there were some good lessons involved. My wonderful voice teacher in New York convinced me to keep singing and introduced me to East Stroudsburg University. I spent 3 years in East Stroudsburg and loved it! That is where my solo career and songwriting began. I graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2003 and moved to New Jersey to be closer to NYC. In 2006 after 2 years of hard work and crazy schedules I released my first EP. I am lucky enough have a brother who is not only a studio engineer, but a producer as well. I’m currently working on new material for a full length, full band CD to be released when? When it’s done.
I realize the older I get that I spent a lot of my life not being aware of the wonderful things around me. Now I try to appreciate those things daily. I’m a very simple person and enjoy the small joys in life. I’ve found that if you smile at people they think you are crazy, but chances are they will think about it later. All these discoveries in my life have lead me to write the songs I have written, and I am still very much in the discovery process of writing. There are so many things to write about and I’m still learning how to filter. I’m lucky enough to know what my purpose is in life and wake up happy every day thinking about it. Singing has always just made sense to me. It’s like breathing.
These days you can find me playing pretty much where ever people will pay me to play. That includes New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware, Virginia, Ohio and many more places I’m sure. I’m still playing solo, but once in a while can be found in the company of 3 awesome guys who you can read about on the band page. Spencer, Bryan and Tom are the greatest and together we are The Regina Sayles Project. Since moving back to the Poconos, you can also find me collaborating with MSG (Matt Abell and Sideshow Skip), Christian Porter, and Spencer Reed. In the past two years I’ve been in the process of developing a character education program in elementary schools paired with music. If you ever want your day made, go spend it with kids!
When I’m not singing I love to cook and enjoy beer and wine tasting. I love to read. History fascinates and frustrates me all at the same time. I have for the most part accepted there is no way for me to know it all, and to just be happy learning what I can. Coffee shops are my favorite place to read and write. Being outside, alone in silence, is something people rarely take the time to experience, but what I can’t get enough of. I will have a cabin in the woods someday.
I am amazed by all the love I have been shown by complete strangers in my life who just love my music. I am eternally grateful and never forget kindness. Thank you for letting me share a little bit about myself with you. I hope to see you all soon.
“Music is played for Love” – Regina