Josh Sampson and Soul Hawk

Josh Sampson and Soul Hawk

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Josh Sampson, takes his cues from art, philosophy, literature as he continually attempts to elevate popular music to a more sophisticated level while cleverly fusing different genres. Sounds like: My Morning Jacket, Tom Petty, Wilco, David Bowie, The Allman Joys, Radiohead...

Biography

Josh Sampson roots are Ohio, but after spending almost a year abroad in Australia in 2001, he learned how to craft compositions from befriending a local Aussie rocker. He moved back to OH, where he attended the Ohio State University. While there, he had a local hit with the short lived "Delayaday". After they disbanded in 2003, he read "Fountainhead" and became fascinated with New York City and the early cbgb's 70's music scene, constantly listening to Television and Talking Heads, etc. No clue what to expect and armed only with a guitar and a duffle bag, he moved to NY's Hell's Kitchen. There he made the best of his situation, hustling for cash, selling booze, booking bands, performing and bartending. While briefly attending Mannes College of Music (The New School) in 2004, Sampson formed Lumis Glyde. The band was a constantly changing rock/jazz line-up over two years that included many great gigs and artists including Jared Scott of (Spin Magazine favorite) Demander, Gustavo Remor of the hugely popular Brazillian roots band, Ogans, Thomas Shaw of New York's finest funk/soul instrumental composition quintet, Second Movement, John Paul Norpoth of Williamsburg's Butane Variations, Guitarist Seth Winters, and drumming great, Aaron Comess of Spin Doctors. On the midwest spring tour, Josh decided to disband Lumis Glyde and, as he says "I wanted to play the songs I want to hear". Josh teamed up with Aaron Comess and recorded his first self-titled record, engineer-ed by Soul Hawk guitarist, Elliot Glass. Josh Sampson is a producer. He produced Thomas Shaw and the Deliverymen for Warmer Records and is currently producing the hit English band, the Littlans. Due out in Nov. 07 on Warmer Records.

Lyrics

Statues Around

Written By: Josh Sampson/Thomas Shaw

Posters that look ugly in the daylight
Scream out to me
“Surface: There’s something in the Water”
Who will watch because of this city bus phrase?

Lacking character with no navigator
Who will never speak to us
Her lines were written in a big white font
Next to her name, but how can you blame her?

Behind the black ink, someone thinks
That this is good
But it’s not
It’s bad, bad work

Come on now, you don’t know the rules of this game
Who lacks conformity, possesses enormous gain
I hate it when I see, I hate it when I know
The motto is wrong
Who is smoking their thoughts, smoking all they bought?

Behind the black ink, someone thinks
That this is good
But it’s not
It’s bad, bad work

And I know now that I can be as good
As those statues around

Copyright C. Josh Sampson/Thomas Shaw

After the Landfill

Written By: Josh Sampson/Thomas Shaw

AFTER THE LANDFILL

Why fake, don’t take those pictures of yourself
White lies, your eyes, so hazy, Baby
Why fight, don’t write, those words you do not mean
White flies, surprise, you’re crazy, maybe

Baby, you looked so good at first
Like a grass lawn laid upon the earth
Peel back a layer reveal a curse
Baby was a landfill first

Why not, this rot is festering inside
Black death, each breath approaches
Why make to break a self that has no pride
Back dirt, this hurt, encroaches, like roaches

Baby, you looked so good at first
Like a grass lawn laid upon the earth
Peel back a layer reveal a curse
Baby was a landfill first
Copyright C. Josh Sampson/Thomas Shaw

Break Away

Written By: Josh Sampson/Thomas Shaw

BREAK AWAY

Painted Lady, hair hanging down
Red whispers, sitting around
Bicycle on its side
Balconies looking from three floors high
You can almost hear the sheep sigh

She wants to break away from here
She wants to break away from here

Stories burned on her arm
Stuck in the middle of this old farm
I can still see the smile from her silhouette
The sun beats down with dripping sweat

She wants to break away from here
She wants to break away from here

As I sit smile and play for her
She don’t even know I am here

Painted Lady, hair hanging down
Red whispers, sitting around
Bicycle on its side with a flat tire
Now I know why I’m here to admire
Copyright C. Josh Sampson/Thomas Shaw

Discography

Josh Sampson's Soul Hawk

more songs available at myspace.com/joshsampson

Set List

Have two 45 Min Sets
Rotation of 30 of Josh Sampsons songs.