Friday, January 4, 2013

Catching up with the Sammies tonight at Tremont

After a busy run during the mid to late `00s, Charlotte-based band the Sammies have been fairly quiet until recently. The group plays Tremont Music Hall tonight, January 4, with Pullman Strike and Motel Glory. Its the foursome's second local concert in less than a month.

The group released an album for Charlotte's now defunct MorRisen Records in 2006. There were rumblings of more to follow with the song "Coming Out Wild" appearing on the soundtrack for the 2006 Jessica Simpson/Dane Cook film "Employee of the Month." Then MoRisen disappeared when owner Chuck Morrison relocated to Columbia to be closer to his kids. He recently celebrated the label's tenth anniversary with the Sammies and other former acts.

Although the group still played sporadically (adding the Talk bassist C.R. Rollyson after that first album), I began to wonder with the demise of MoRisen if Charlotte had seen the last of the Sammies just as it was really hitting its stride.

Not so, reports Frank Backgammon (aka singer Will) via email. He moved to Asheville, got married, had a baby, and was busy focusing on other things in life as were the band's other members. A few months ago he moved back to Charlotte. The group is currently working on new songs that it began recording at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville last year. He says a new record should be completed "sooner than later."

That's good news. The Sammies definitely had some great songs in its repertoire and with six years in life experience and songwriting and production under its belt, it will be interesting to see what the band has come up with.

You can get an idea tonight at Tremont (400 W. Tremont Ave.) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.