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Never Close Enough

by Sarah Sample

Sarah Sample dishes up a plate of acoustic folk-pop-rock that is salty and sweet.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If You See Me Walking
3:14 $0.99
2. Never Close Enough
3:53 $0.99
3. Moonlight Band
4:11 $0.99
4. You Make It Easy
3:55 $0.99
5. A Sunrise Or Two
3:44 $0.99
6. Noah
4:24 $0.99
7. If You Don't Rememeber
2:57 $0.99
8. Count The Colors
4:23 $0.99
9. Pull The Plug
3:00 $0.99
10. Mrs. Sample
4:11 $0.99
11. Tie The Knot
4:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
*2007 Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase- 1st Place WINNER
*2007 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest finalist
*2007 Tucson Folk Festival finalist
*2007 Mountain New Song Contest (austin regionals)
*2006 & 2007 Founders Folk and Bluegrass Festival finalist

If you could patent a failsafe formula for a marked upswing in creativity and artistic productivity, it could certainly look a lot like this:

– Record a debut album (2004’s “Rotate”), learn from its victories and not-so-victories.
– Rub shoulders with up-and-comers (Amy Speace, Kathrin Shorr) and seasoned success stories (Mark Stuart/Stacey Earle, Vance Gilbert, Christine Kane).
– Move from Utah to Texas to Wyoming to Seattle. Wanderlust, anyone?
– Live and soak in Austin, songwriting capital of the free world (just ask any Texan).
– Be a featured guest at your alma mater’s Mountain West Songfest & Symposium.
– Cut your hair (you’d be surprised by the anti-Samson effect). Maybe even dye it.
– Honorable mention at 2005 and 2006 Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase
– Play all over the Four Corners, and then some- Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Texas, including in-the-studio performances on KOAY (SLC), WPR (Laramie, WY), KHEN (Salida, CO), KDNK (Carbondale, CO).
– Play the Founders Title Folk Festival, and crash the party with the Go Girls unofficial SXSW Showcase, and Gorilla Showcases at Folk Alliance.

After all that, the last thing Sarah Sample wanted to make was just another folkie -girl-with-acoustic-guitar album. Sure, the songs were born as just an acoustic guitar and a voice. And, in the folk tradition she loves and respects so much, would likely be taken across America that way. But she didn’t want to document them that way. At least not this time.

Enter Scott Wiley (Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Elliott Smith) and a new sonic palette. With plenty of reverence for the songs– because, after all, it’s all about the songs– they set out to take Sarah’s music into new territory. The album “Never Close Enough” is to Sarah Sample as “Flaming Red” is to Patty Griffin: a marked departure from a promising, acoustic debut but never too far away from her soulful folk roots. Sarah’s passionate, soul-stirring voice is still up front. And her compassionate, empathetic take on the human condition and her melodic polaroids are more moving than ever in songs like “Noah” and the title track. Fresh (dare we say rocking?) ground is broken on movers and shakers like “Pull the Plug” and “If You See Me Walking.” A horn section takes us all to church on “Moonlight Band.” Still, songs like “Sunrise or Two” and “Count the Colors” are sure to feel like that familiar, favorite sweater on a quiet night to longtime listeners.

On “Never Close Enough,” with some new musical colors and a great new family of songs, Sarah Sample has achieved the dream: staying true to the muse while staying faithful to her roots.



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Sarah Sample is a serious and compelling Artist . .
Sheer simplicity and authenticity are the silver arrows in her quiver . . Sarah's vivid narratives and earthy vocals will knock out your lights on this superb collection of original tunes. Watch . . Sarah Sample is to be an important American artist. Joe Waters pres, New Colony Records

Patrick Nagel

This album is fabulous!
This album is fabulous! From the moment the full band blasts the first chord in If You See Me Walking, to the last reverberation of the piano fading away in Tie the Knot, this CD is one beautiful ride! Surrounded by a host of great players, (masterfully mixed and mastered,) Sarah Sample delivers song after heart-felt song with passion and artistry. Unlike many albums produced today, this one doesn’t have a particular jewel, cut and polished to a luster beyond the rest, but rather a necklace of precious stones strung together to create a collection of unique, yet connected gems. With this album Sarah Sample sends a flare into the sky putting the world on notice, SHE HAS ARRIVED!