and then, enjoy!
The Sam Chase
Click this link and check the boxes for SUNDAY and ARROW STAGE and you can watch our performance from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014
and then, enjoy!
Don't really have much to say. Everything is great and just getting better.
That's all for now.
There are few things in life that can bring joy to my cold dead heart as much as a brand spankin' new music video. I am going to let you all in on a little production secret: We have never been this epically cool and there is a possibility that we will never be this cool again. Movie magic is definitely in full force in this one. It was filmed at LEFT SPACE studios in San Francisco by RJ Muna (www.rjmuna.com). In about an hour and a half we will unleash it upon the world and you will all experience the majesty of what we lovingly refer to as: "Glory."
Here is some video from our new years show at SLIMS with the Brothers Comatose.
Cafe Du Nord on November 13th was a fun night. You can always tell how rowdy it was when you open your guitar case the next day and it looks like your guitar had gotten into a nasty bar brawl when you weren't looking. Booze, blood, a few new battle scars, and a big fucking toothless grin on its face says it all. Close the guitar case and go back to bed.
Lucky for us, the night was documented by one of San Francisco's greatest photographers, RJ Muna. If you like what you see, go check out his other stuff at, www.rjmuna.com
Here is a taste of that fateful night:
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Holy crap, guys. We did it. I woke up this morning with a ripping hangover. I saw the film GRAVITY last night and after that 2 hour long anxiety attack, I felt that some whiskey and guitar playing was in order at a friends house. I woke up at 7am on my couch to my girlfriend coming in to wish me a good day as she left for work. So, the table was set for what was going to be most likely a shitty, shitty day.
However, in this world of happy surprises, expectations and faith have no place where Murphy's law reigns supreme. I was sitting in my corner cafe with my good friend and musical powerhouse Debbie Neigher, shaking away the hump day blues when I received the news:
SF BAY GUARDIAN BEST OF THE BAY 2013 READERS POLL WINNER
BEST SINGER SONGWRITER
I am a happy hungover guy today. Thank you all for the Bay Area love. The past year has really been a dream come true. Your support means the world to all of us in this band. You have all put your faith in me and I promise I won't let you down.
Hey blog. It's been awhile. The last couple of months have been intense. I've got a lot to say and not a lot of time to say it. First though, thank you, blog, for being so patient. At least you don't guilt me about how I never write the few times that I actually make time to do so. You know, blog, you're alright. I'm sorry for neglecting you the way I've done for the past couple of months. I have been busy, but that is no excuse. I dropped the ball... I fucked up... and yet, you are still here, patiently waiting for me come sign in and write something that is most likely going to be borderline sophomoric, poorly thought out and riddled with gromattical errers.
Let's start with post Kate Wolf. We were riding high after that weekend and our mosquito bites hadn't even subsided before we were hit with our next big adventure. We got word from our friends at San Franpsycho that the America's Cup wanted us to play on the big stage that Saturday afternoon. MInd you, this is the same stage that Sting played on recently and Weezer played not long after us. We were a little blown away and had no idea what to expect. But, in perfect The Sam Chase fashion, we flew in blindly grabbing for any sturdy semblance of sanity before our egos sent us tumbling wildly into the vast and vapid void. In other words, it was a blast.
AND AMERICA'S CUP PUT US IN THEIR PROMO VIDEO FOR DOCKERS (weird, right?!)
Now if that wasn't enough show for one day, right after we left the stage we "booked" it over to Green Apple Books for an intimate acoustic show supporting our new album being sold there. It was the perfect juxtoposition. We went from the largest stage we have ever played, to the smallest. It was a great day.
July also brought us a super fun photo shoot as well with Mr. Harland Spinks.
We also played to a sold out crowd at Bottom OF The Hill...
Played a super fun outdoor wedding up in Portland....
Got interviewed for a video displaying SF's music scene for CONVERSE... (GO TO MINUTE 5:40)
Oh yeah, then I went to Vietnam and Burning Man and played shows in both places.... But that is a blog for another time....
So long for now!!!
... we also just played a sold out show at the Milk Bar benefitting the American Cancer Society.
Ok, I'm done.
Who would have thunk it? Between hanging out all day at the river, soaking our sun burned skin and drinking beers, meeting and jamming with some amazing musicians, being backstage watching some of my musical idols, playing two and a half sets in front of hundreds of amazing people, drinking whiskey late into the night with great friends (old and new), and feeling like rockstars for a whole weekend, I can safely say that, once again, The Kate Wolf Festival has made our year.
How about some video and photographic proof of the greatness...
Above, is us playing with The Brothers Comatose during their encore of their late night set. This is at about 2:00 am and if you listen closely, you can hear my drunk ass mess up the lyrics on every chorus.
Here is a photo from our Sunday afternoon set. It was over 100 degrees and and we were fairly hungover, but it turned out to be the more magical of the two sets.
Another image from the Sunday set. Photo taken by Drew Bly http://drewbly.tumblr.com/
Here is the encore from our Sunday set. We brought up our new friends, The Brothers Comatose, to come sing it with us. It was 100 degrees outside but you can't tell from watching the energy of the crowd. It was a very magical moment in our bands history.
And.... why the hell not. Here I am sitting in the VIP section with one of the most well known clowns of all time and one of the most iconic figures of the hippy movement, Wavy Gravy!
It has only been a year since we took the stage at The Kate Wolf Music Festival but since that day so much has happened that it feels like a lifetime ago. Looking back I feel like that one 30 minute set on that grey evening was the spark that lit the fuse to an explosion that still propels us to this day. It was the highlight of my 2012 and we are so excited to be welcomed back to play TWO SETS!!! Look for us on Friday evening on the Utahpia stage and then on Sunday afternoon on the Arlo stage. We will be selling our new CD at the merch booth. We can't wait to party with all of you. If you see us walking around, come over and say hello.