Sammy Brue, wrote his first track at age eleven. Since then, the singer/songwriter has released three homespun EPs, his New West full-length debut, I Am Nice and a 2018 EP, Down with Desperation. Brue has also performed at the Newport Folk Festival and played shows with Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson and Hayes Carll; and toured alongside Justin Townes Earle, who has become a mentor of sorts. Sammy Brue, continues his tour with Michael Kiwanuka on January 8th, in New York City.
Brue recorded his debut full-length, I Am Nice, in Muscle Shoals with Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and John Paul White of The Civil Wars producing. But for his new album he took a different approach, collaborating with Irish producer, singer-songwriter Iain Archer, who has worked with the likes of Jake Bugg and Snow Patrol. Brue explains, “I was talking to Iain about the unification of people, what brings us all together, and the phrase: the Crash Test Kid, came up. It really stuck out to me. It’s almost like a superhero or something.”
Says Brue, “‘Crash Test Kid’ and ‘Teenage Mayhem’ go together so well because they’re the polar opposite emotion. ‘Crash Test Kid’ is more me pondering over the shit we’re going through in the world and how we deal with it, and ‘Teenage Mayhem’ is my outburst – an attempt to bring the spotlight to the young kids. To say: “Hey, we’re here too and we’re going through all the same negative stuff as everyone else.” Now more than ever. Too much has been the same for so many years and I know a change is coming. I am ready to help lead the charge.”
2/8 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
2/10 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
2/11 – Royale – Boston, MA
2/12 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
2/14 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
2/15 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
All dates with Michael Kiwanuka
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