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The Sad Sam Blues Jam / Blog

From Louisiana

These ladies are the future of traditional Blues. They are needed at this show to preserve a great music style. They play with feeling. Rare these days. Randy Floyd · Louisiana State University in Shreveport

From Indiana

"Sadie's smile says she's in love with the blues and her passion on the six string leaves everyone elated from every note she creates. For everyone witnessing it poses the question, "Where does a teenage girl get this?" Sadie simply smiles and says, 'it's me!'"  Mark Bastin Freelance Writer/Music Promoter

From Colorado

"One of the biggest thrills of the 2012 "Blues From the Top Festival" was the discovery of the Johnson Sisters. Sadie and Sam owned the stage every time they played. They took the patrons of Winter Park's longest running music festival captive with every vocal and instrumental lick . I've seen the future of the blues and its in good hands with these ladies from Indiana. " J.r. Wolfe - Free-lance photographer/writer, Colorado

From Andy Irvine...

"Sam Johnson is one of the most exciting and promising bassists in the USA. Her engaging stage presence and stead fast driving groove both amaze and entertain. I'm huge fan and look forward to see where her musical journey will take her, quite far I'm certain. A truly gifted and delightful young lady." Andy Irvine - Bassist - Clinician/Product Specialist- Warwick/Framus

More good words...

"Sadie Johnson embodies the pure spirit of Jazz & Blues! Her awareness of the musical history, enthusiasm when performing, and her communication with her fellow musicians makes Sadie one to watch out for." Mark Buselli - Director of Jazz Studies Ball State University

Still more...

"Sad Sam plays the blues with energy and passion, belying their youth!" Craig Brenner - Craig & the Crawdads

Another comment about the band...

"These young ladies go about their business with an unprecedented ferver...the talent encompassed by these ladies is amazing to see and hear...never have I seen a group give their all for their business... their business is The BLUES!!!!" Steve Ludwig, a friend of the band

Quotes about the band...

"Does a heart good to see young talented female blues artists carrying the torch." Skyla Burell - 2012 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee

Some quotes from friends about The Sad Sam Blues Jam

"The Sad Sam Blues Jam is a pleasant surprise from the minute they take the stage. When the blues riffs roll off the fingers of All-American young female guitarists, it's a welcome wonder. And when these lovely musicians croon lyrics, you can scarcely believe your ears. In a field dominated by craggy old guys, here are Sadie and Sam breathing new life into the venerable genres of jazz and blues. Catch them while you can, cause they're gonna be BIG!" Ellen & Rick Kingston - Owners-Ideal Talent and Kingston's Living Room, Indianapolis

Recent gigs

The Sad Sam Blues Jam @ Salt Creek Brewery October 27, 2012

The Sad Sam Blues Jam, 220 Breakers & The Vallures October 26, 2012 Max's Place

Blue Star Connection - Indiana October 21, 2012 Beale Street Live Indy (was Stables) Indianapolis, Indiana Sam and Sadie on B97 at the start of the Retro Lunch October 19, 2012 at 12:00pm WBWB-FM (Bloomington) Bloomington, Indiana The Sad Sam Blues Jam on Indy Style October 18, 2012 at 9:00am WISH-TV Indianapolis, Indiana The Sad Sam Blues Jam @ The 6th Annual Roots & Rhythm October 14, 2012 The HawgWild Company Mooresville, Indiana Volunteer's in Medicine-Private Event October 12, 2012 at 6:30pm Deer Park Manor Bloomington, Indiana The Sad Sam Blues Jam @ The Buddy Walk October 7, 2012 at 2:15pm Bryan Park Bloomington, Indiana The Sad Sam Blues Jam @ Oliver Winery's 40th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4:00pm Sadie Anne Johnson and 111 other guests Oliver Winery Bloomington, Indiana The Sad Sam Blues Jam @ Hike for Humanity September 22, 2012 Nashville Christian Church 160 S. Van Buren Street A Little Blues for Jill's House Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:30pm Jill's House, Inc. Bloomington, Indiana Jazz Futures @ The Indy Jazz Fest September 15, 2012 at Opti-Park: Indy Jazz Fest Indianapolis, Indiana Jazz Futures @ Penrod on the Indy Jazz Fest Stage September 8, 2012 at Indianpolis Museum of Art Jazz Futures @ Indy Reads Bookstore Friday, September 7, 2012 Indy Reads Books Indianapolis, Indiana