Sam Hare – Down To The Sea
Sam Hare is best known as a blues artist, but as Down To The Sea proved, blues can be mixed with southern soul, country, americana and gospel to provide a melting pot of contemporary roots music.
Blues in Britain magazine called the debut “…genre-defying”, while Guitarist magazine described him as “…a burgeoning talent…a seasoned pro…one to watch”. And Uncut wrote “…authentic, dense blues & country-soul…an impressive debut.”
Down to the sea was recorded and produced by Simon Law, and then mastered by Giles Martin. It featured a guest appearance from Matt Schofield, as well as a song co-written with Ian Siegal. The album was quickly picked by various radio stations, most notably BBC Radio London – and especially Robert Elms, who randomly played a song in the middle of a week-day afternoon, and then called him in for two interview/live sessions. Sam was also featured on Jo Goode’s Sunday Sessions on the same radio station. Renowned music journalist and DJ Paul Sexton was another champion of the album, inviting Sam to play for his Emirates ‘in session’ series, and other around that time sessions included NME’s Selector and Resonance FM, as well as multiple plays on BBC Radio 2.