Sam Robbins is often described as an “old soul singer-songwriter.” A Nashville-based musician, but Portsmouth, NH born and raised, his music evokes classic 70’s musicians like James Taylor and Neil Young, while adding a modern, upbeat edge to the storyteller troubadour persona. He was one of six 2021 winners in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition, one of the country’s largest and most prestigious songwriting competitions.
Since moving to Nashville in 2019 following his graduation from Berklee College of Music, Sam has made a splash in music city – performing at the Bluebird Cafe, and sitting in again at the legendary venue with Liz Longley, to being named winner of the “Nashville Rising Song” event in 2020. His second album, Bigger Than in Between was released on August 5th, 2022.
Jesse Terry’s seventh album, When We Wander, is the first album he wrote all the music and lyrics, instead of working with collaborators, and took a very personal approach with looking back. The song “In Spite of You” recalls his stay in a residential facility for behavior modification that traumatized him as a young teenager: “The sermons you sold me all were fakes.”
Yet he emerged to earn a degree from Berklee College of Music, net a five-year staff writer gig on Nashville’s Music Row penning material for major TV networks. And then to become the artist his fans know today, who (in the words of Music News Nashville) “bring[s] to mind iconic artist/poets like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne… [with] a performance that touches the heart.”