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.
Red Sammy appears in various musical arrangements including solo, duo, and full-piece band performances. Baltimore area musicians that currently perform with Red Sammy include Greg Humphreys (bass, electric guitar, mandolin), Bruce Elliott (electric guitar, slide guitar), Seth Brown (drums), John “Chesapeake” Decker (resonator guitar). Past musicians that have performed and contributed to music projects with Red Sammy include: Katie Feild (bass guitar, concertina, vocals), Josh Weiss (pedal steel, electric guitar, banjo), Nick Sjostrom (drums and percussion), Eric Friedman (keyboards, harmonica), Theron Melchior (bass, musical saw), William Harder (harmonica), Julia Oat-Judge (cello), Tony Calato (drums), Marc Blanc (drums),
Red Sammy has released four album’s (Self-titled release, 2007; Dog Hang Low, 2009; A Cheaper Kind of Love Song, 2011; These Poems With Kerosene, 2013) as well as one book of poetry with accompanying soundtrack (In Places with Bad Lighting, 2010).
In These Poems With Kerosene Red Sammy collaborates with poet and University of Baltimore professor, Steve Matanle. Greed, dependence, lust, acceptance, the false hope of perfection are all encounters on this album. (music in col blends the simplicity of song with poetic sensibilities. We encounter various characters who all share a similar miserable and heartbreaking circumstance in life. They frequent the same places: package goods stores, lonesome bars, street corners. Some characters sound frustrated and angry while others are indifferent to their own bleak situation. The story within this dialogue, however, is left to the listener for interpretation.
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.