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Finders Never Sing the Blues (Private Preview)
Album Release: January 2018
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Track List (click on titles for individual track links)
1. Dark Prince of the Underground
2. Slip Through My Hands
3. Firebug Ronnie (upcoming single)
4. Fallin' is a Feelin'
6. Didn't Do Nothin'
All Photos By Laura E. Partain
Paducah, KY native, Sam Hadfield's, first full-length album, 2013's "Livin' With Free Livin On My Mind", was heavily influenced by old time, bluegrass, folk, and country blues. He recorded the album while living in Austin, Texas. After a-year-and-a-half in Texas, Sam moved to Nashville to be closer to his family. Years of hard living and chasing the cliche of the tortured artist had left the songwriter in a rut. After a particular rough night in January of 2016, Sam decided to overhaul his lifestyle. He started writing again and ended up with the songs that would make up his new EP, "Finders Never Sing the Blues". "Finders..." is a collection of songs about depression and unrealized potential alongside songs about an arsonist burning down a high school and a ringleader of the underground rock 'n' roll scene in late 1960s NYC. From the longing sadness of "Fallin' is a Feelin'" to the rock 'n' roll punch and rawness of "Dark Prince of the Underground", to the rollicking boogie woogie of "Firebug Ronnie", Hadfield delivers a genuine album that can be revisited time and time again.
"I'M JUST TRYING NOT TO LET IT SLIP THROUGH MY HANDS"
The first song that Sam Hadfield wrote for his new EP, "Finders Never Sing the Blues", was a cry for help...addressed to himself. Sam released his first full-length album, entitled "Livin' With Free Livin' On My Mind", back in 2013. "Livin' With Free Livin'" was heavily influenced by old time, bluegrass, folk, and country blues. This time around Sam wanted to explore his rock 'n' roll influences while ensuring that the songs remained steeped in storytelling. That ambition resulted in a collection of songs about depression and unrealized potential alongside songs about an arsonist burning down a high school and a ringleader of the underground rock 'n' roll scene in late 1960s New York City.
The songs are all a bit different from one another but they share one thing in common: they symbolize a new life for the songwriter. Sam had been in a rut since he moved to Nashville by way of Austin, TX back in 2013. Seduced by the cliche of the tortured artist and living a life of excess, Sam was heading down a dark path. What had previously been the only constant in his life, his music, was slipping out of the picture. He longed to get his life back on track and reconnect with his muse but he didn't know how to go about taking the first step. After a particularly rough night Sam took a break from his hard living ways and never looked back. "I hit my own version of bottom and had to be painfully honest with myself. I had to completely rebuild my worldview and my frame of mind." Slowly he regained his clarity and songs like "Slip Through My Hands" and "Depression" began to emerge and help him understand his own struggles and what it takes to push through and begin to reach one's own potential.
Influences from Sam's teenage years, like The Velvet Undergound, as well as some of Hadfield's newer influences, like Warren Zevon, found their way to this record. Working with Buffalo, NY native and roommate, Kyle Wierzba, at their house just outside of Nashville, the two (along with a group of amazing players) crafted the kind of record that they wanted to listen to. The limits of recording to an 8-track tape machine forced the musicians to capture a vibe while playing in the same room together.
From the longing sadness of "Fallin' is a Feelin'" to the rock 'n' roll punch of "Dark Prince of the Underground", to the rollicking boogie woogie of "Firebug Ronnie", Hadfield delivers a genuine album that can be revisited time and time again.
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Music Update Central (release of "Firebug Ronnie" Single)
Turnstyled, Junkpiled- "With the band’s early Rockabilly vibe and Hadfield’s ear for turning simple phrases into memorable rhythms and melodies, his tunes are sure to turn any barroom attendee into a devout follower. Told with rough-hewn realism, Sam Hadfield’s tales are smart, funny and relatable, albeit a little cooler than your own." Murray State News KUTX Austin Music Minute Country Fried Rock
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