Samuel Barker
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Samuel Barker

Baytown, Texas, United States | SELF

Baytown, Texas, United States | SELF
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I went out on Thursday to see Drag the River and Cory Branan play at a local dive. I was early and the show started late so I had already eaten and knocked back one or four by the time the opening act started up. Rarely am I impressed by local opening acts. Don’t get me wrong, I love Houston with all my heart but the music scene here tends to lean towards indie hipsters, at least for the acts I generally go see, but much to my surprise this opening act was neither indie nor hipster. Three guys took the stage with a guitar, harmonica, bass, and a completely stripped down drum kit and started belting out some pretty damn good music. You could call it Americana or Alt Country if you really want to put a label on it but I have recently given up the whole genre thing so I won’t bother shoehorning these boys into a category.

I went up to thank them after their set and found out that not only are they a good band but they are fans of our little corner of the web. They gave me a couple of CDs and a bad ass sticker that has already found a home on the rear window on my beat up old truck. I am really torn here because none of the CDs they gave me are the stripped down group that I heard play so I don’t want to bias anyone’s opinion but I want to do the boys justice and get their music out there. So I am posting some tracks and while good I prefer the stripped down sounds I heard the other night. The Wayward Sons gig around the Houston area so if you are a local make sure to check them out. Their next gig is at a hookah bar! I probably can’t go but I do have fond memories of a hookah and a certain New Year’s Eve party but I digress… - Ninebullets.net


Discography

Samuel Barker - All This For Gas Money? (06/21/2011)
Harbingers of Happiness - Gray Album (02/20/2010)
The Wayward Sons - On the Wayward Path (08/25/2009)

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When I was growing up, I listened to punk rock and hardcore a lot, but I also spent a lot of time listening to Alt. Country bands, Classic Rock, Folk and Bluegrass. Part of having a mother who was a child of the 60s and a father who was raised through the Depression is that you get pretty eclectic influences. I hope to gather some of those influences in my songs. I hope you enjoy some of what you hear.