Sammy L. Drain, the co-founder of the Seattle Blues Society, known to most as just “Sammy” is also a well renown musician who has played with a host of the worlds most talented musicians; Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Bobbie Womack, Ronnie Hammond, Luther Rabb (both of WAR), Tony Williams, ConFunkShun, Albert Collins, Buddy Miles, Bemorce Blackmon and many more.
Sammy’s exposure to music began back when he first started learning to play guitar and developing his gift early at the age of 13 with a very close friend and childhood playmate the famous musical mogul JIMI HENDRIX! In fact Sammy and Jimi were often found playing together on Sammy’s porch, together they explored guitar playing, developing new and different styles as the music itself was changing around them in the 1950’s. While Jimi and Sammy influenced each other, they both went on to have fabulous careers of their own in music. Sammy strives to keep the Jimi Hendrix legend alive. He is the founder of the annual Jimi Hendrix Day granted by City of Seattle Mayor, Norm Rice. For a time he also opened Sammy Drain's Hendrix Museum which was located on Sammy Drain Lane, an alley in the Central District where he and Jimi use to play together. A seasoned performer, Sammy has traveled throughout the world playing his music & performing on stage and screen and has always kept his friend in mind. “Jimi revolutionized the music industry, but he was acknowledged in London and not here.” So in 1999, he traveled to Triad Studios in Redmond with a few of Jimi’s musician friends, and recorded “Thank You Jimi” a single and full length CD, which is not only dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, but honors Hendrix’s contribution to the music industry. “He deserves it. He revolutionized the industry and made a great impact on everyone.”
There is no substitution for the real thing, and Sammy Drain is the real thing.