Gordie Sampson's worlds collide with the Canadian release of his
new Country record, Almost Beautiful. Written with many of his
long-time Nashville collaborators, the songs exemplify the kind of
thoughtful and clever writing that has earned Sampson a Grammy
award, multiple awards for his recordings and an international reputation
as an outstanding songwriter. A musical chameleon, his production
and performance slide easily into the contemporary Country
music scene here at home, and in America.
The musicianship on Almost Beautiful is superb, featuring Sampson
himself, along with some of his fine Nashville musician friends. The
first single, “Hurricane Jane” is a driving uptempo tune, reminiscent of
Kid Rock’s foray into Country music. The songs are, by and large,
more reflective and feel comfortingly familiar to fans.
From September until May, Sampson lives and writes in Nashville,
where he has become an established member of the community.
Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Faith Hill are
just a few American artists who have covered Sampson's songs. In
the summers, he heads back home to Canada to spend time with
family and friends in his beloved Cape Breton and to perform in the
Maritimes where audiences welcome him, year after year. Despite the
rarity of his Canadian concerts, Sampson continues to find a home on
Canadian radio and garner awards and nominations for his records