The Good Sams Emerge From Moss Landing with Classic Western Swing and Tasty Americana
October 20, 2011
The best way to describe one of Monterey County's newest music acts—playing this Sunday at Communion in the Redwoods at Fernwood in Big Sur—is to read The Good Sams' bio, as they wrote it:
The Good Sams emerged from the toxic waste bins of the Moss Landing Power Plant. The mutant band, too weird to hang out with other kids, were taken in by the pirates and sea monsters of Moss Landing Harbor. Their days were spent surfing, skateboarding, smoking pot, and drinking beer around the fire pit with the old men at the beach. At night using a stand up bass, pedal steel, and fingerpickin guitar they played old time music with the punkest attitude they could muster. Years later, on one 8th of July, a freak accident occurred, the Moss Landing Power Plant blew up! With their birthplace in ashes, The Good Sams had no choice but to hit the road and share their freakish old time sound with the rest of the world. Since then the TGS has grown as two delicious sirens' brought the fiddle and washboard sounds to the bands repertoire, creating an even more freakish musical act.
Here's a rundown of the players:
Folks may already be familiar with singer/washboard expert Sunshine Jackson, from the her years with local faves Darktown Rounders.
Newest addition Tricia Muren, plays fiddle. She's part Comanche Indian and found an arrowhead in the ground at the Comanche's last stand in Texas.
Peddle steel player George Brooks, is a painter and spent some time in a German prison.
Stand-up bass master Corey Helgeson, makes surfboards for a living and rides a Harley. He also has a classic van restoration project.
Guitarist/songwriter Andrew Dolan, "surfs like crazy and draws cartoons under the name Surfhound."