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About Red

Red Sammy is Baltimore singer/songwriter, Adam Trice. The band name is a reference to Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” (1955). The style of music embraces the beauty in imperfection: life, work, hard work, disappointment, love and loss are all themes entwined in his songs. These Poems With Kerosene (2013) “The duende is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, ‘the duende is not in the throat; the duende... more

Red Sammy (Live 2013)

Red Sammy (various live footage) from band performances.

Music and arrangements are provided by Red Sammy’s current ensemble which includes: John “Chesapeake” Decker (resonator guitar), Greg Humphreys (bass, electric guitar, mandolin), and Tony Calato (drums).

Past performances, radio interviews, and national spotlight shows include: WYPR-FM (Baltimore, MD); WRYR-FM (Annapolis, MD), Opening act for Mike Watt and the Missingmen; Ottobar Show w/ Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters; Metro Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Ottobar show w/ The Teeth, Caleb Stine, and Lawnchair (Baltimore, MD); Denver Underground Music Festival (Denver, Colorado); WNCW-FM (Spindale, NC); WDVX-FM Blue Plate Special (Knoxville, TN); 98.1-FM The River (Asheville, NC); CIUT-FM (Toronto, ON); CHRW-FM (London, ON); The Fire (Philadelphia, PA); The Annex (Brooklyn, NY); Goodbye Blue Monday (Brooklyn, NY); G-Spot show with Deer Tick and Phosphorescent (Baltimore, MD); The Hexagon (Baltimore, MD); 8X10 Club (Baltimore, MD); Lo-Fi Social Club (Baltimore, MD); The Octoraro Hotel (Oxford, PA); Mum’s in Federal Hill (Baltimore, MD); Theatre Project (Baltimore, MD); Talking Head Club (Baltimore, MD); DC9 (Washington, DC); Iota Club (Arlington, VA); Flat Rock Wine Shoppe (Flat Rock, NC); College Perk (College Park, MD); Shattered Wig Night 14K Cabaret (Baltimore, MD); The Depot (Baltimore, MD); Frazier’s (Hampden, MD); Night of 1000 Dylans (Baltimore, MD); The Current Art Gallery (Baltimore, MD); Hamilton Arts Collective (Baltimore, MD); Roots Cafe (Baltimore, MD); Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD); Beacon Pub (Swannanoa, NC); Austin Grill (Silver Spring, MD); Sidebar (Baltimore, MD); Minas Art Gallery (Hampden, MD); Grog and Tankard (Washington, DC); Glass Mind Theatre (Baltimore, MD); WUVT-FM (Blacksburg, VA); El Rancho Grande (Hampden, MD); Baltimore Hostel (Baltimore, MD); The Masoleum (Houston, TX); The Hornet (Denver, Colorado); Load of Fun (Baltimore, MD); Mobtown Studios Micro-show (Baltimore, MD); New Deal Cafe (Greenbelt, MD); Umbrella Radio (Hampden, MD); Baltimore Book Festival; Run for Your Lives, Zombie 5K Run and Festival; HonFest (Baltimore, MD), Durty Nelly’s (Charlottesville, VA); Baine’s Books (Appomattox, VA); MudHouse (Crozet, VA); The Coffee Pot (Roanoke, VA); The Streets of Baltimore (Songs of Our City); WBNY-FM (Buffalo, NY); Freddy’s (Brooklyn, NYC); Velvet Lounge (Washington, DC); and many more.

Adam Trice & John Decker (Story of Unlikely Musical Duo on The Signal, NPR)

Baltimore handyman John Decker once accepted a guitar as payment for some work he did on a house. It wouldn’t be until years later that he really understood why he was meant to have that musical instrument. We hear John’s story, we meet his new musical collaborator, Red Sammy, and we listen to him play his vintage 1931 National Resonator Guitar.

  • Interview (part 2) - The Signal, WYPR (2011)

    Baltimore handyman John Decker once accepted a guitar as payment for some work he did on a house. It wouldn’t be until years later that he really understood why he was meant to have that musical instrument. We hear John’s story, we meet his new musical collaborator, Red Sammy, and we listen to him play his vintage 1931 National Resonator Guitar.
  • Interview (part 1) - The Signal, WYPR (2011)

    Baltimore handyman John Decker once accepted a guitar as payment for some work he did on a house. It wouldn’t be until years later that he really understood why he was meant to have that musical instrument. We hear John’s story, we meet his new musical collaborator, Red Sammy, and we listen to him play his vintage 1931 National Resonator Guitar.
  • John Decker

    Resonator guitar riff recorded inside tunnel just outside of Baltimore City. (No amplification, or sound equipment used)

Red Sammy (Poems and Songs) featuring Songs/Words by Adam Trice Interlaced with Poems by Steve Matanle

Red Sammy’s latest work blends the simplicity of song with poetic sensibilities. It takes the listener/reader on a nostalgic joyride through broken, urban thoughts and visceral landscapes. Singer/songwriter, Adam Trice, interlaces eight word-driven songs with true stories (in poem form) by poet and University of Baltimore professor, Steve Matanle. Greed, dependence, lust, acceptance, the false hope of perfection are all pit stops along the way.

Songs and readings currently being recorded (due out by January 2013).

On September 21st, 2012, Red Sammy performed live with poet, Steve Matanle. The rock band interlaced their songs with poems from Matanle's book, Nightbook, and other collections.

  • Poems by Steve Matanle

    The attached poems by Steve Matanle are included as recorded readings on a collaborative album with Red Sammy. The album titled, Truck, will be released in January 2013.
    PDF icon Poems by Steve Matanle
  • Song Words

    New album titled, Truck, will interlace eight songs (words here) with recorded readings of poems by Steve Matanle. Recording due out in Winter 2013.
  • Song Words

    New album titled, Truck, will interlace eight songs (words here) with recorded readings of poems by Steve Matanle. Recording due out in Winter 2013.
  • Man with a Suitcase

    Here is the first poem from the album titled, these poems with kerosene. After listening to this poem, it's immediately followed by the song titled, "Monstertruck."
  • Monstertruck

    This is sample song from the new album, these poems with kerosene.
  • Nightriff

    Song collaboration (Red Sammy w/ Steve Matanle).

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