Soul Man Sam
Friday, October 7, 2022
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, Soul Man Sam is one of the most talented and beloved blues, soul and R&B artists in Austin, Texas. Having developed his singing abilities as a youngster in Memphis and as a professional in Alaska, Sam Evans moved to the Texas capital in 2011, quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. A relaxed, easygoing and sharp veteran artist, Soul Man Sam is a true gem from the golden soul era, a hidden hero, a late bloomer that always kept his music and entertaining talent. His rare and impressive delivery and stylistic range includes the soul music of giants such as Sam Cooke, James Brown, Otis Redding, Al Green, and Solomon Burke, as well as blues standards by B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and Muddy Waters. In fact, Soul Man has opened up for artists such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, James Brown, Ike Turner and Koko Taylor.
Boosted by his natural integration in the Austin music scene, Soul Man Sam is making a significant contribution while tracing bonds between different areas and sub-scenes within the “live music capital of the world”. He performs regularly at emblematic venues such as the Skylark Lounge, C-Boys, Antone’s and The Continental Club, among others. He leads his own band, Soul Man Sam & the SMS Band, and he has also performed with an impressive selection of local bands and musicians, including Blues Boy Hubbard, The Eastside Kings, the Austin Blues All-Stars, Birdlegg, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin, Brian Scartocci, and Gary Clark Jr. Always well surrounded by friends, audiences and fellow musicians, as well as by his wife and manager, Beverly Evans, Soul Man Sam stands out for his sincere and emotional singing. Following the soul and blues traditions, he really exemplifies the singer’s dedication and commitment to the song by providing a perfect balance of feeling, class and spontaneity. The mission seems to be a playful one, where music moves bodies while reaching souls, where Soul Man San and his band invite the audience to gather in a musical communion.