Sammie “Big Sam” Williams came up through one of New Orleans’ modern institutions, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and has a lifelong devotion to the city that bred him culturally, musically and spiritually.
“By playing on these streets, you learn how to work your craft and entertain an audience. It comes naturally in New Orleans,” he proclaims. “I’ve been here my whole life and rocking these streets. Even during Hurricane Katrina, I drove nine hours from San Antonio every weekend for two years just to play live. The sound out here is unlike anything else in the world.”
Songs in the Key of Funk, Vol. 1, the sixth and most recent album from Big Sam’s Funky Nation, will be released on April 21. It takes its titular—and some musical—inspiration from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 classic Songs in the Key of Life, and the Funky Nation sextet with trumpet, guitar and electric rhythm section brings funk and life to any street or bandstand…including 2018 Summer Fest.