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), Ryan Bowen (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.
Opening act for national/regional artists including: Mike Watt and the Missingmen, Deer Tick, Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters, Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent, Dirty River Boys, Reckless Kelly, Fly Golden Eagle.
Past festival performances: Floydfest, Denver Underground Music Festival, Toronto Underground Folk Festival, Artscape (Baltimore, MD), Baltimore Folk Festival, Baltimore Book Festival, HonFest (Baltimore, MD), Run for Your Lives Zombie 5K and Festival; Fringe Festival (Buffalo, NY),Annapolis BarBayQ, Eastern Shore Oyster Festival; A Night of 1,000 Dylans (Baltimore, MD); Roots Café Concert Series (Baltimore, MD).
Past radio interviews: WTMD (Baltimore, MD); WYPR-FM (Baltimore, MD); WRYR-FM (Annapolis, MD), 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); WCNI (New London, CT); WTJU (Charlottesville, VA); Gas House Radio (Philadelphia, PA); WBNY-FM (Buffalo, NY); SOMA-FM (San Francisco, CA); MeerRadio (Netherlands), and others.
Past Reviews: Americana UK; The Big Takeover, Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Magazine, Washington Post, Independent Clauses, Denver Post, Frederick Post, Takoma Park Broadcasting, DC Rock Blog, SoundMag Review (Germany), and others.