JOHN SAMMERS • SINGER • SONGWRITER • GUITARIST.
JOHN SAMMERS is a singer, songwriter and guitarist of considerable acclaim. He is the former lead guitarist and principal songwriter for acclaimed 80s pub rock band OUTLINE who released five singles, one album and the seminal urban anthem The Cicada That Ate Five Dock, which John wrote, voted one of Duble J’s All Time Hottest 100 songs.
He has just completed a landmark album with triple Grammy winner Justin Guip and is now performing live in Sydney again after 30 years.
Justin Guip remarks, “I knew from the demos we had some really special songs but when it came time to recording John took his performance to a whole new level. I am really proud of what we achieved together here……this is one kick ass record”.
As it turns out, it is praise well deserved. BELIEVE is a major album delivered by an artist at the top of his game and John delivers electrifying live performances. His many years as a performer showed through beautifully at his album preview night in the heart of Sydney only 2 weeks ago.
Discover John Sammers' unique blend of Aussie rock meets Brit pop with a slice of Americana now.
Believe - The Album
BELIEVE: OZ ROCK MEETS BRIT POP WITH A TWIST OF AMERICANA
“ A glorious explosion of guitars, drums & rattle your heart vocals” – Terry Byrnes (Music Journalist)
“This is one kick ass record” - Justin Guip (Triple Grammy winning engineer)
John Sammers is the Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist who gave the world the 80s urban anthem The Cicada (That Ate Five Dock). His band OUTLINE released five singles and one album and were considered one of the best live bands of the legendary pub rock circuit that gave birth to the likes of AC/DC, Cold Chisel, INXS & Midnight Oil. When Outline folded John headed for London and for the next three decades regularly gigged all over the U.K. & Europe, becoming a sought after session player. In finding out what makes us all tick, he became a certified Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming & Life Coaching. He also became a bachelor of Music Education.
Through all of this John never stopped writing songs and performing. “ It’s in my DNA...”, he says, “...and it got to the point where I knew I had to make this album.”
BELIEVE then is no comeback album, for the truth is John Sammers never went away. BELIEVE is a statement of faith, a distillation of observations, insights & hard won truths. It is a glorious explosion of guitars, drums & vocals that rattle your heart. He combines the unmistakeable signature crunch of Aussie Pub Rock, the melodic genius of classic Brit Pop with a twist of Gram Parsons meets The Grateful Dead school of Americana.
Recorded in London, Sydney & upstate New York BELIEVE was engineered and co-produced by triple Grammy winning engineer Justin Guip (Levon Helm), John Sammers & Australian poet Terry McArthur, both of whom collaborated on some tracks. The album features some of NYCs finest musicians, including Jesse Murphy (John Schofield and Brazilian Girls) on bass, Grammy nominee Leslie Mendelson on harmony vocals and keys, AMA Lifetime Achievement Award Instrumentalist and Grammy winner Larry Campbell unmistakably on pedal steel and Justin Guip himself on drums (Hot Tuna).
In the words of Justin Guip, “ I knew from the demos we had some really special songs but when it came time to recording John took his performance and guitar playing to a whole new level. I am really proud of what we achieved together here. This is one kick ass record.”
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