Sam Shaber

Sam Shaber

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Live, raw pop! If Sheryl Crow and Alanis mated, you'd get Sam Shaber. NYC native, recently transplanted to Los Angeles, tours nationally, playing over 150 shows each year. Her last CD was produced by Shawn Mullins and check out the new live CD full of infectious songs and hilarious banter!

Biography

In her bones...

Sam Shaber likes to make her fans happy. This is why, for the last two years, she has been on a perpetual "Taper's Tour," inviting people to take home her unique blend of raw pop by recording the shows. She also likes to play "all-request" gigs where fans can email requests for their favorite Shaber songs in advance, effectively writing the set-list themselves.
Shaber took this one step further on February 18th, 2006 when she recorded her new live album, in my bones (live in chicago). Fans from all over the country were encouraged to email requests and the result is a collection of previously unreleased songs that have long been crowd favorites, such as the passionately yearning title track "In My Bones;" If I was alone on a desert island/ I wouldn't be alone/I'm never alone/'cause you're in my bones; the upbeat summer anthem "Jersey to O.C.;" Grab the great unknown/Lean in to every breeze/Unturn every stone/From Jersey to O.C.; and the most requested song, "Cryin' Shame," about a lovesick teenage Scottish boy (complete with accent!); It's a cryin' shame/That you don't even know my name/An' ah swear sometimes it smarts/To feel you breathing down my heart.
There are also some tracks of pure Shaber banter, covering everything from high school crushes to Grey's Anatomy to a dinner party filled with sexually charged guests. Always impromptu, these moments are another large reason people love to see Sam live in concert. She is known for sending the audience from roaring laughter to deep saddness and back again in a matter of minutes. After a recent show, an audience member put it best when she sighed, "That was a work-out." Gene Shay at WXPN-fm in Philadelphia says Shaber is "Stark, raving, great!" Folkweb.com calls her "a riveting performer,Ó and Femmusic.com voted her Top Female Performer.
Touring nationally year 'round, Shaber has won awards in the John Lennon, Billboard, and USA Songwriting Competitions for her driving melodies, smart lyrics, and soaring voice. She also won the ear of Columbia recording artist/producer Shawn Mullins ("Lullabye"), who produced her last album, eighty numbered streets, released in 2003 to great critical acclaim. Said Paste Magazine, "eighty numbered streets is confessional and emotional, but Shaber's salty falsetto and the stark beauty of this CD won't leave you drowning in your own tears."
Daughter of late-screenwriter David Shaber (The Warriors, Nighthawks) and artist Alice Shaber, Sam uses her observer's eye and sharp wit. Her strong guitar style and broad voice have won comparisons as diverse as Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, and Stevie Wonder. And her passion for showing an audience a good time is never more clear than in this intimate, raw, live release. Because in my bones is put together without pauses, the listener lives an entire show from beginning to end, a true document of one night, one Shaber, in Chicago.

Lyrics

Eldorado (from eighty numbered streets, produced by Shawn Mulllins)

Written By: Sam Shaber

Eldorado (for Mom)

Again I'm squinting
My demons are back and they're so convincing
The world could end if I don't keep up my pace
And you're so patient
You're always open but never vacant
You clear a path so I can feel the space

Like a light through the black
Like a strong hand on my back
Like a cool river flows
Like a break against the cold
Like the value of gold
Eldorado
Eldorado
Eldorado

It's kinda silly
How something as big as New York City
Can be invisible when you're staring at your feet
And it's kinda scary
How much you mean and yet how rarely
I say I love you when we speak

Like a light through the black
Like a strong hand on my back
Like a cool river flows
Like a break against the cold
Like the value of gold
Eldorado
Eldorado

And proud in my face to carry a trace of you
Your song in my voice
And more than a name you have given me a frame on which to
Build any house of my choice

Like a light through the black
Like a strong hand
Like a cool river flows
Like a break against the cold
Like the value of gold
Like a light through the black
Like a strong hand
Like a cool river flows
Like a break against the cold
Like the value of gold
Eldorado
Eldorado
Eldorado

It's kinda scary
How much you mean and yet how rarely
I say I love you when we speak

Japanese Tea Garden (from the new album "in my bones (live in chicago)")

Written By: Sam Shaber

Japanese Tea Garden

Meet me in a Japanese tea garden
I'll be wearing white
I'll be there with orchids in my hair
I'll be there to be your wife
Be your wife

Everything's born from something torn that gives it new life
And every new rain takes more of the pain
And everyday I said I'd never again give this one more try
But you came in and everything changed

We've both stumbled on volcanoes burning
We've both got the scars
But we came through and became me and you
Stronger wiser here we are
Here we are

Everything's born from something torn that gives it new life
And every new rain takes more of the pain
And everyday I said I'd never again give this one more try
But you came in and everything changed

From dead ends in a garden maze we've been turned around
And made it to this perfect place to break new ground

Everything's born from something torn that gives it new life
And every new rain takes more of the pain
And everyday I said I'd never again give this one more try
But you came in and everything changed

Meet me in a Japanese tea garden
And I will be your wife

In My Bones (from the new album "in my bones (live in chicago)")

Written By: Sam Shaber

In My Bones

If I was alone on a desert island I wouldn't be alone
I'd take a stone to the sandy island and write this down

I'm never alone
Cause you're in my bones

If I was alone on a crowded Monday subway rushing down the track
I'd hold my own and softly I'd say this little fact

I'm never alone
Cause you're in my bones

And I travel far enough to feel my freedom
But gone for so long is tough - month after month - and then some

Now I'm alone high above Seattle beneath the clouds
No one no phone just the city's rattle singing out loud
But out beyond the bay I see sunlight reaching down
I see sunlight on the way

And I'm never alone
No I'm never alone
No I'm never alone
Cause you're in my bones

Discography

in my bones (live in chicago) - 2006
eighty numbered streets - 2003
Sam*pler - 2000
perfecT - 1999
In the Bunker - 1997

Set List

Varies depending upon venue.