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Sam Marine

Rock And Roll With Just The Right Amount Of Country And Folk

Los Angeles, CA September 5th—From New York City by the way of Gainesville, Florida, and now fairly new to Los Angeles, Sam Marine has already made himself an integral part of the LA roots-rock music scene. Playing alongside up and comers Rod Melancon, Jaime Wyatt and Sam Morrow, it makes sense that he tapped former Dwight Yoakam sideman and producer of Melancon’s Southern Gothic, Brian Whelan, to produce his new EP, Big Dark City.

Big Dark City is Marine’s 3rd CD. His first two, Lacktown and New Home were both mixed by heavyweight producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Drive By Truckers) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty). His raspy, urgent vocals often earn him favorable comparisons to Springsteen, Tom Petty and Paul Westerberg. A Thousand Guitars music blog has described his songwriting imagery as “…recalling a dust-choked, windblown existence that somehow still manages to look up from the gutter.”

With Big Dark City, Whelan and Marine took a few weeks carefully arranging the music on acoustic guitars and singing without microphones as they sat on Whelan’s front porch. “Everything was worked out and arranged front-to-back,” said Marine. “It was as bare bones as it could be before we took it into the studio to record.”

With Marine on lead vocals, and guitar, Whelan not only produced, but added his own guitar and played organ. He also brought in Dwight Yoakam drummer, Mitch Marine and completed the rhythm section with Aaron Stern on bass. The result is a tight collection of catchy guitar-driven Americana songs with an edge that some would deem ‘Heartland Rock’. “Two guitars, bass, drums and organ,” Marine speculates. “Just about as meat and potatoes as it gets.”

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