Awakened by the personal honesty of backroad blues and the community soul of southern gospel, Sam Turton has delivered his heartfelt vocals and ringing slide guitar to stages and studios for over forty years.
In 2003, Sam produced his first solo recording, "feel," a spicy fusion of blues, folk, and R&B. Following this release, Sam’s recordings and performances addressed the 2004 US election, Wal-Mart, the Afghanistan war, Haiti earthquake relief, and the Japan tsunami response.
Sam’s passionate dedication to local living and community-shared music is embodied in a project that captures the joy and raw energy of his big band of friends performing together “AT HOME.” The gathering features a number of Canadian folk/roots headliners, including Laura Bird, Tannis Slimmon, and Katherine Wheatley. Released October 2011, AT HOME is a roots-blues-gospel gumbo packed with slide guitar, deep groove, emotive lyrics, and soul-fired harmony.
At present Sam appears in various ensemble arrangements from solo acoustic to full 5-piece band, and most often with his partner Jane Lewis. Co-leader of the All Together Now music series, Sam’s songs and performances dissolve the performer/audience barrier, making him a natural leader for Gospel workshops and singalongs.
"A rock solid blues man surrounded by great players and singers performing great songs." —Paul Mills
"The honesty and integrity of the man comes out with every soulful note he sings."
—Andrew Craig, CBC Radio 2
"An incredible 'home made' project . . . a master work of art."
—Kris Kadwell, CKHA
"A wizard on the slide guitar."
—Steve Ritchie, CFOS
"A roots music road warrior...excellent songs."
—John Valentyn, Mapleblues Magazine
"Sam Turton is a lucky man. A gifted singer and songwriter."
—Doug Swanson, Penguin Eggs
"a gospel powerhouse"
—Rob O'Flanagan, Guelph Mercury
"Ry Cooder meets the Blind Boys of Alabama!”
— Michelle Josef
Sam Turton - lead vocal and slide guitar
Jane Lewis - keyboard, harmony vocals, accordion
Tannis Slimmon - harmony vocals, percussion
Jesse Turton - bass
Adam Bowman - drums
1. AT HOME - 20 track CD released October 2011
2. WE GOT TO GET BACK HOME - single on "Afghanistan - On Guard For Thee?" released 2006
3. NOT THERE - 15 song benefit CD released July 2005
4. PATRIOT - single released May 2004
5. FEEL - 12 song CD released December 2003
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