Les Sampou is an Americana singer-songwriter, who got her start in the Boston folk scene in the 90’s and moved on to national prominence and acclaim. On the road for 15 years, Sampou has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, SXSW, Toronto Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival (where she won the New Folk Songwriting Award), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Winnipeg, and Falcon Ridge to name a few. Sampou has conducted workshops at Berklee School of Music and appeared on top syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR. Sampou has released seven albums, five on her own label and two on Rounder Records. Her album, “Fall from Grace”, topped the Gavin Americana Charts nationwide. Her release “Lonesomeville” charted number 2 on the US/European Americana F.A.R. Charts At present, Sampou writes, teaches, and dedicates herself to an on-going venture into the world of Jazz and Americana music as well as writing for Film & TV.
“Sampou’s passionate vocals are simply stunning, now ballsy and rough-edged, then purry and seductive, while the only problem with her original songs is trying to decide which is the least sensational. I strongly suggest you check her out.” 3rd COAST MUSIC, Texas
“Sampou never wavers from a steady tone of genuineness…sharply observant songs.” DOWNBEAT
“Sampou has written all the songs of “Lonesomeville” with Raymond Carver’s hard-edged minimalism and Emily Dickinson’s startling poetic images.” Chris Bergeron/DAILY NEWS STAFF