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Carter Sampson

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Touring machine Carter Sampson knows what she’s working with; her powerful, breathy vocal prowess, her red boots, and a load of gratitude for her ascending career trajectory.

Sampson, who in her spare time serves as founder and director of the Rock & Roll Camp for Girls – OKC, broke all sorts of new ground with Lucky: first time working with producer Jason Scott (in one of his first ever recording projects), first time to tap renowned mixing engineer Wes Sharon (Turnpike Troubadours, Parker Millsap), and more than any album before renders choice cuts penned by other writers ranging from local favorites (Zac Copeland, Kalyn Fay) to literary legends (Shel Silverstein).

Sampson’s fifth studio album feature contributions from mostly new collaborators, including Jared Tyler (dobro, vocals), James Purdy (drums), John Calvin Abney (keys, electric guitar, harmonica), Kyle Reid (keys, guitar, pedal steel), Luke Mullenix (bass), Jack Waters (drums, vocals), and backing vocalists Erik Oftdahl, Nellie Clay and Ken Pomeroy, among others.

Partially written and recorded in Colorado, Sampson’s inspirations from the Rocky Mountain State bleed through on “Peaches” and the epic “Rattle Snake Kate”. “Peaches” was penned in a backyard paradise in Lyons and is a grateful ode to her childhood. “Rattle Snake Kate”, on the other hand, is a foot-stomping tale of a legendary leading lady in Colorado folklore that fought snakes all day on horseback with a rifle (with a child in tow!), reminding us how perfect the universe can be when badasses connect in story and song. Organically, the “Lucky” theme bleeds throughout the record, from the dobro-filled title cut to the biopic romp, “Wild Ride”.

To be released on Horton Records on October 26th

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