" .... for 2017 Grammy Consideration...."
GUS SAMUELSON AND SINNER MAN
Over a long and varied career, D/FW singer-songwriter Gus Samuelson has come at the music business from various angles: road-managing Merle Haggard, DJ’ing at Dallas’ KHYI 95.3, and perhaps most enduringly, hitting a midlife creative Renaissance all his own that’s resulted in a steady stream of compelling original music over the past few years. He’s earned enough industry goodwill to warrant a vanity project, if that’s all he was good for, but instead he’s offered up focused, revealing, and outright enjoyable music over the course of a handful of albums, including 2013’s solo acoustic gem American Soul, one highly danceable album under the Swampadelic band name, and last year’s gripping sort-of-debut under the “Sinner Man” banner.
If this sounds like the resume of a restlessly creative soul thus far, it’s unsurprising to see the new album Bottomland (ably helmed by fellow multi-talent Adam Odor in the producer’s chair) split and splinter even within its own electric blues universe. The first half-plus of the album ponders sin, faith, and salvation, and though Samuelson’s oaken voice has an authority all its own there’s still room for doubt, confusion, and reconsideration between the self-assured guitar riffs and spooky keyboard fills. The likes of the soaring “After the Storm” or the bracing “I Know A Place” reimagine gospel music as the righteous cousin of the blues; it’s a bit like if Jackson Browne decided his soulful introspection could use a little toughening up so he brought Bo Diddley in to kick it in the ass. About two-thirds of the way through, though, the album takes a hard left into that no-less-traditional leg of the blues where the soul can’t ask for much more than a roll in the hay with a good woman. The likes of “I Never Know’d About You” and “Ain’t Nobody Lookin’” are as refreshing as a cold beer in the parking lot after church. Almost as soon as the lustier groove kicks in, it politely slips back out for the sentimental curtain call of “My Little Girl,” an unabashed love note to a daughter headed to the altar. One suspects an artist with Samuelson’s talents and instincts would take in the prayer at the ceremony and the band at the reception with equal enthusiasm and respect. — MIKE ETHAN MESSICK Lone Star Music Magazine Dec. 2016
“.....I feel like this one is a great step foward...The beats/percussion really jump out to me and gives the rhythms a crazy good tightness...."I Know A Place" is a kick ass fist pumper....the sound is bigger than a trio....really cohesive. I feel like you know what you're doing and who you are when I hear these tunes. I listen to way too much that's so interchangeable, so it's great to listen to a record with a real identity and real heart... ”
— Kelly Dearmore...Dallas Morning News / Guide Live 2016
LSM Playlist: Best of Americana 2015
Contributor Lone Star Music Magazine
Top 10 List of 2015
1.Shiny Ribs / Okra Candy
2. Turnpike Troubadours / Turnpike Troubadours
3. Jamie Lin Wilson / Holidays and Wedding Rings
4. Gus Samuelson & Sinner Man / Gus Samuelson & Sinner Man
5. Jason Boland & The Stragglers / Squelch
6. The Damn Quails / Out Of The Birdcage
7. Chris Stapleton / Traveller
8. Bart Crow / The Parade
9. Jason Isbell / Something More Than Free
10. Ashley Monical / Facing The Shadow
New Email Address: BigGusSamuelson@Yahoo.com
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The NEW Solo Acoustic Cd..."American Soul"....
Featuring 10 Original never recorded New Songs...
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Gus Samuelson, ‘American Soul’
TEXAS MUSIC MAGAZINE MAY 2014
The New Gus Samuelson American Soul is Jackson Brown meets Leon Redbone with Bill Frisell-style picking...Get it
Dallas troubadour Gus Samuelson bills his sound as “swampy tonk,” a succinct way to describe the humid pleasures of his largely acoustic material. Gifted with a voice that, at times, conjures visions of Leon Redbone and backed by little more than a vigorously plucked acoustic and spacious percussion, Samuelson grabs hold from the opening moments of American Soul and refuses to let go.......Preston Jones DFW.com
In 2011, the Dallas Observer awarded "Big Gus" Samuelson the trophy for Best DJ. Samuelson does have an impeccable ear for great tunes and his low, Southern Barry White-ish speaking voice helps him excel in that realm on KHYI-FM 95.3. For years now, however, he has fronted one hell of a band, Swampadelic. By blending blues, zydeco and Western swing, Samuelson and his crew cover aural terrain that few area bands can. The Cajun flavor of his tunes comes naturally, as he was raised in Louisiana before making his way to Dallas many years ago. American Soul, his just-released solo effort, is a fantastic collection of primarily acoustic songs that are packed with, well, soul. Most of the songs are originals with a few re-worked numbers from Swampadelic's Paralngua album thrown in for great measure. Samuelson has long held a residency at the Espiritu Wine Bar in Frisco, with many a friend joining in, but Swampadelic's Monday night residency at the Free Man Cajun Café is as fitting, and as swinging as a Monday night can get. Kelly Dearmore ....March 10. 2014
"Palangua"....The Latest release from "Big Gus & Swampadelic" ...purchase at the "Bait Shop" and on iTunes, Amazon.com, and your favorite sites...
Big Gus & Swampadelic – Parlangua – One of the rare Texas bands that owes more to Allan Toussaint and Dr. John than Willie & Waylon, the DFW combo formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist/radio personality Gus Samuelson doesn’t chase any trends, preferring to make the most of decades-old funk, classic country, roadhouse blues, and Creole dance music. It’s a bluesy, brassy love letter to New Orleans delivered with confident, down-to-earth enthusiasm on shakers like “I Don’t Know What It Is” and “Honest Lie.” ..."Best Albums of 2012"......as reviewed by Michael Ethan Messick for the .."Texas Music Scene"
Along with being an award-winning radio DJ, "Big Gus" Samuelson is a darn fine band-leader. Swampadelic, his outfit of crack musicians, busts out a wealth of styles and, in a live setting, can really do it all.
Western Swing, blues, honky-tonk and Cajun-flavored nuggets are sprinkled throughout their butt-shaking, recently released album,Parlangua.
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“Big Gus and Swampadelic proved to be an absolute revelation. Their blend of rhythm and blues, western swing, rock and cajun zydeco represented what I think true Texas music is at it’s best! Just like Doug Sahm’s Texas Tornados many years ago, Big Gus has found a way to blend in the rich, culturally vital sounds of an area that borders our state, only to fully incorporate those traits into a spicy broth that bubbles into a wholly satisfying concoction that just comes out tasting right”. – Kelly Dearmore, Dallas Observer