“***This album (Raise Your Flag) is a straight shot of kick in the ass heartland rock and roll. With powerful and emotional lyrics that summon John Cougar Mellencamp and the Americana sound of Tom Petty. It’s a record you can put on repeat roll the windows down and just drive until the road is no more.”
“**“Dude puts his money where his mouth is: he’s got some incredibly powerful vocal chops and he belts with considerable conviction…Fortunately, he’s also got a knack for penning upbeat, catchy tunes””
“***There are those people who you're pretty sure are just going to blaze out. They're going to roar and roar and roar. They're going to keep clocking miles on their odometers. They're going to befriend as many folks as they can. They're going to burn all of the midnight oil…They'll open themselves up for you, become vulnerable and love every second of it… Sam Lee is one of those people.”
“Denver-based singer-songwriter Sam Lee claims he has a “rock ’n’ roll complex.” There’s some truth to that, exemplified by the way he surrounds his smooth, somewhat saccharine pop hooks with rollicking piano, thick basslines, snappy guitar licks, and tight drumming. This rock ’n’ roll-spiked pop aesthetic has earned Lee some airplay on Denver radio, and it makes his brand new, six-track Better Half EP all the more listenable”
"Sam Lee...is the epitome of a storyteller. His lyrics are personal, raw, relatable, and his stage presence is intimate...he is one musician who's name won't soon be forgotten."
“Right away, I connected with Sam Lee’s debut. Let’s just say you can cue up my sheepish smile when the opener, Secret, comes on. It’s not just the music that I relate to though. As Sam explains: “These songs are a tribute to the rock, pop, and country artists that I grew up listening to and to the songs that shaped me as an artist. They are a story, two years in the making, of my dreams and troubles.” So Secret and Burnin’ Up may seem very relatable to right now with the exhilaration of maybe finding something but This Hell tells of another time during our lives. Where it would seem easy to exclude that latter song from the EP and keep on the happy side, it adds a sense of genuine life to the debut. Life has its ups and downs. In fact, I’ve been told by people much wiser than me that every end had a beginning. This blog was founded during a time like when This Hell was written I imagine.”