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Les Sampou

Les Sampou

  • Americana
  • Blues
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Les Sampou

  • Americana
  • Blues
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Monday-morning-size Case of the Blues with Les Sampou

Les Sampou will be presenting a special night of country blues classics and originals.  Sampou has performed at such world class stages as Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Blues Festival, SXSW, and Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has appeared on  top-syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR. A story teller, guitarist and award-winning songwriter, her shows are remembered long after the curtains go down.

BOSTON GLOBE  “Armed only with her guitar, searing mezzo, and a Monday-morning-size case of the blues, she delivers a solo set of folk blues. She takes country blues classics reinventing and reinvigorating them until they fit her style like a tight pair of jeans; and her own tunes crackle with modern sensibility.”

DIRTY LINEN  “The New England-based Les Sampou, an acoustic steel string and slide artist, delves into the history of the deep South with only her strongly interpretive voice and superb guitar work. Sampou captivates with her own original work as well as with classic gems by Fred McDowell, Willie McTell and Bessie Smith, John Hurt, and Robert Johnson.

SING OUT  “Les Sampou reveals herself to be a formidable interpreter of the genre, reminiscent of a young Bonnie Raitt or Rory Block. Her guitar playing is authoritative and she sings with a voice that understands the nuances and poetry of the blues. Depending on the song, she sounds tough, sweet, sexy or sly.”

Jay Psaros

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

What type of songwriter is Jay Psaros? That’s a question Psaros has been asking himself for years. Psaros, a long time resident of the Northeast was born into a family of the self employed. Like the self employed, his music has ebbed and flowed in and out of “where the work is,” so to speak.

Crossing genres as needed and blending styles as desired. At 34 years old, Psaros has worked in a most peculiar musical landscape. His gigs have ranged from bar rooms, to medieval themed dinner theaters, to small clubs, house concerts, weddings and everything in between. He’s hustled as a booking agent, produced for other artists, written music blogs and even taught the occasional lesson. Recently, a stroke of good fortune. On the cusp of a decade in the music industry, the sweaty bars and medieval costumes have given way to support slots for national acts and small headlining tours at regional clubs. Psaros has shared the stage with the likes of The Mavericks, Boz Scaggs, Daughtry, Third Eye Blind, Tower of Power, Ziggy Marley, Donovan Frankenreiter, Anders Osborne, Los Lonely Boys, Rick Springfield, Lisa Loeb, Three Dog Night, Rusted Root, Peter Cetera, Little River Band, The Original Wailers, Eddie Money, and Joe Nichols to name a few.

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