'Gritty Americana' band will play as a guitar trio
If you go
When: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, June 13.
Where: Holy Hound Taproom, 57 W. Market St., York
Cost: No cover charge
Learn more: www.redsammy.com
What happens when a fiction and poetry fan starts writing songs?
In this case, you end up with band name Red Sammy, a reference to a character in Flannery O'Connor's 1953 short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
You also get songs full of storytelling, vivid imagery and, sometimes, poetry recited over music.
Adam Trice, the songwriter, will bring those songs to Holy Hound Taproom on Saturday, June 13, along with two of the numerous musicians who drift in and out of his band on a regular basis.
"We are bringing a creepy trio," Trice said. "A guy that plays electric guitar who sounds like he's been abducted by aliens. The other guy plays guitar that sounds like an angsty teenager."
Creepy is probably— we hope— a good thing for audiences, since one of Red Sammy's most infectious songs is "I got creepy when Lou Reed died."
The song begins with a vocal delivery like Tom Waits with a voice too sore for shouting, and the chorus kicks in with a fuzzy guitar that exudes the ideal soundtrack music for anyone hoping to have movie-worthy rom-com banter on a Saturday night.
The 33-year-old songwriter from Baltimore said he first picked up a guitar at age 17 with the idea of writing songs. By 19 he found himself in Houston, where he was influenced by songwriters such as Alejandro Escovedo.
Trice, who has an MFA in poetry and publishing from University of Baltimore, also credits fiction writers like Raymond Carver, Charles Bukowski and Junot Diaz with influencing his songwriting.
With a day job as a grant writer, Trice said his definition of success wouldn't necessarily involve a big label deal or a major tour. For him, his goal is to keep improving as a songwriter and cultivating a following from those who enjoy his particular country-noir constellation of the sonic universe.
"I just want quality opportunities to perform— playing music that is compelling for us," Trice said.
But with four albums, experience opening for bigger names including Phosphoresent, Dr. Dog and Mark Kozelek, and a slew of shows booked this summer, it's still possible that the tale of Red Sammy's success could get the kind of surprise ending worthy of a Flannery O'Connor story.
But hopefully, without The Misfit.
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