Breakfast on Friday morning with Sam Coe was interrupted by her constantly checking the iTunes charts – totally understandable as her album had launched and hit Number 3 in the country charts, behind Luke Combs and Lady Antebellum
Keen though she was to check the chart position, sales aren’t the be all and end all for the album (although much appreciated!) Sam is more keen that people enjoy it, and that people come to her shows to hear her music. Clearly performing her music is what is most important to Sam.
The album launch itself took pace the previous night at the very historic Epic Studios in Norwich.
The evening opened with local singer songwriter Breeze Redwine with her country influenced brand of rock, singing with her acoustic guitar and a backing track. Ags Connolly was up next on a line up that reflected the excitement of the evening. Ags brings a real Country feel, with his Oxfordshire burr, his self-deprecating humour and his beautifully honest songs. He doesn’t have many “happy2 songs, but even his downbeat songs feel uptempo! The Fatherline then too to the stage to really warm up the crowd ahead of the main event. A very experienced band for one so new – on only their fifth gig together. Tim Prottey-Jones showed the power and range of his vocals as well as his great stage presence, accompanied by Rich Watson and Steven Marks
And so to the main event. With the album 9 months in the making there were some understandable nerves in the green room, but Sam swept onto the stage and powered out that songs from her new album. Excited to have backing singers for the first time (and more excited that they did the backing singers dance!) Sam effortlessly switched between guitar, keys and just singing. Her vocal range and power is stunning and she utterly filled the room with music. The album itself is a showcase of Sam’s talent and influences, and this launch paid testament to that and more.
Each track was introduced with a little story. We learned that the beautifully atmospheric In The Moments was the track that gave birth to the album, that Concrete was inspired by the TV series Chernobyl and that Bonfire was written on Bonfire night 2018!
Sam was joined on stage by another artist from the Ginger Dog label – Vincent Knight – on guitar, Sam sat at the Keyboard for them to duet on a cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, which allowed Sam to demonstrate the absolute purity of her voice and the notes hit all four corners of this former TV studio
Simon James, label mate and close friend not only played lead guitar but performed one of his own songs giving Sam the chance of a quick break “To drink some more prosecco”. In reality, while most singers would have taken the opportunity of a costume change, Sam instead took some quick photos and then prepared her latest toy – her white Gretsch which she brought on stage.
Saving the best till last, the show ended with the title track and Sam’s personal anthem Comeback Queen, but there was more. As the band came off, the comeback queen came back for one last song – a solo rendition of Merry-Go-Round to end the night.
Comeback Queen is a stunning album, with many musical influences showing off Sam Coe’s obvious talent as a songwriter and performer. The launch evening was the same – a fabulous showcase full of talent from start to finish, and very fitting for such a piece of work
Available to download and stream now, we will be hearing a lot more of this album and of Sam Coe across 2020 and beyond