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It’s the road that one takes that holds the stories that they tell, and Sam Riddle has taken his own way. It’s not by accident that a one-time basketball star is one of the best performers to step on the country music scene. Musical talent also happens to run in Sam’s family. His father was a founding member of Montana’s well known Mission Mountain Wood Band; Sam’s uncle was a world class Broadway composer. From the word go, Sam lived the musician’s life, eating and breathing music, learning the nuances of showmanship that would one day be his trademark.
After spending his formative years playing music and living in New York City, his father relocated the family back to their home state of Montana. Finding himself without an outlet for his creativity Sam used that energy to quickly become the best basketball player in the state.
Sam was recruited by countless top college programs but he chose the University of Montana. After three years at the University Sam went on to play professionally overseas. All the while, through adversity and success, the piano was Sam’s escape and solace. His first love. In many ways, Sam’s life on the court was a substitute for music. His biggest thrill was always the connection he made with the crowd, a creative move that brought his audience to its feet. He was born to perform. And through sport, Sam would learn the most valuable lesson of his eventful life, one that informs every note and verse of his inspiring music today: Always. Be. Yourself.
The stage was set for Sam to make his musical breakthrough in Omaha. While visiting a friend one winter, just weeks before the start of a new pro basketball season, Sam crept up to a dusty piano at the back of a Casino bar to play a song. As he always has, Sam drew a crowd in no time. The manager of that bar knew a good thing when he saw it, and offered the handsome stranger a full-time gig on the spot. Sam succumbed to his love of music.
By Spring, the banks of the Platte River were busting and so too was Sam’s passion to play to wider audiences. It didn’t take long for Vegas to come calling. Sam packed his things and, within a week, he was playing casinos up and down the strip. As he honed his craft, Sam became known for his electric, crowd-stirring performances. After two years, the irrepressible, irrefutable natural talent was ready to take the next step, and fate intervened when Sam met producer, Stoll Vaughan.
For all his effortless grace and God-given musical ability, Vaughan recognized an untapped talent in Sam. He immediately brought Sam in to the studio, but not to record--not at first, anyway; Vaughan wanted the country artist to write. Although he was practically born on the stage, Sam set about to create his own music, to perfect his own sound for the first time, and tell his own story.
Sam put pen to paper, lyric to melody. What emerged taps into his varied influences, blending Montana country roots with New York showmanship. Sam calls on all that he’s experienced on the road, on the court, on stages from coast-to-coast, and recounts everything from emotional highs to desperate lows to create music that lays his soul bare.
As a result, his music has a depth that had to be earned, taps a pulse that only an ace performer can find. It’s the music of a fast-tracked guy who took the long road, and a sound that will take Sam Riddle a long way.