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Brooks’ Review of the Sammies CD

Jennie Brooks
For The Salisbury Post
If you’re looking for an album that has layers of head boppin’ beats, crispy vocals, and juicy jams, then consider The Sammies’ Sandwich all that and a bag of chips.
Just as you might try to guess the ingredients of an entrée that’s enjoyable to the taste buds, you’ll find yourself trying to guess the influences for each ear-pleasing track from this album.
This clever combo from Charlotte includes guitarist Frank Backgammon and drummer Donnie Yale joined by lead guitarist Bobby Freedom on vocals with Conrad Vacation on bass guitar.
The group’s sophomore album, “Sandwich,” will be released Sept. 23 on MoRisen Records. For more information about The Sammies, visit www.the-sammies.com.
My High Five songs for “Sandwich:”
1. “Pinecone” ó The energy on this track is just right for a movie and The Sammies are no strangers to the soundtrack scene.
2. “In The Basement” ó Snap your fingers, stomp your feet, and bop your head to this dance friendly track.
3. “Glisten” ó Great guitars on this one and I bet this would sound even better live.
4. “Carried By the Breeze” ó This serves a good chill-out track and the keyboards add just the right touch to it, too.
5. “Old Grey” ó It really stood out from the other tracks as far as style and the slide guitar adds a lot flavor to the song.
Bonus High Five Track:
“Treat Her Like a Queen” ó Calling all air guitarists: This one’s for you!
It’s not often that you’ll see a CD that resembles a slice of pimento loaf, but I doubt that you’ll want to try to trade this Sandwich with one of your friends because it’s anything but “spam.”
This is one music reviewer who won’t sell the promo copy.
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Jennie Brooks is a musician and music promoter living in Charlotte. Contact her at jrbrooks74@mac.com.

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