“One of the freshest voices I’ve heard in over a decade, Sammy restores my faith that there is still much innovating and interesting music to be made, and that rock music is alive and well.”
-Dr. Daniel Levitin
(Author of the New York Times Bestseller "This Is Your Brain On Music" & Musician who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Jonathan Richman & others)
ALBUM COMING SOON
'Be Alright!' will let you experience what it may have sounded like had Townes Van Zandt & Solomon Burke collaborated as a songwriting team and then had Dion DiMucci or Roy Orbison sing the song. Sammy believes music should be rich atmospherically and that you shouldn’t sing it unless you feel it. Recorded safely during the pandemic at Edmonton's Riverdale Recorders, the album consists entirely of original songs. It was engineered by Scott Franchuk, produced by Harry Gregg, and mastered by the Grammy-Nominated Philip Shaw Bova.
Cover by: Morgan Melenka
SAM WOLFE SINGS!
“It's not often, but every once in a while, someone I've never heard of walks in and blows my socks off. I felt a little like Sam Phillips last night."
- Scott Franchuk
While performing under the moniker "Sam Wolfe", Sammy recorded his first EP in the Summer of 2018 with his friend Jeremy Witten on bass and the brilliant Scott Franchuk engineering. The classic, haunting sounds were captured at "The Audio Department", one of Edmonton's classic recording spaces.
On the evening of September 17th, "Riding the Waves" premiered at Festival Place. This documentary features 11 artists who relate their pandemic experiences and share their music. Sammy is featured about 10 minutes into the film (following the wonderful D'orjay The Singing Shaman).
“Gorgeous, heartfelt, soulful singing with such a lovely natural technique. Just absolutely stunning. Listen to Sammy, follow him on Spotify and be transported. So beautiful.”
- Amy Van Keeken (CKUA Radio)
“Heads up, here's one to watch! Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!”
- Rhea March (CJSR Radio)
Bio & Picture Download:
Photo: Daniela Roth
Canadian-American artist Sammy Volkov is pretty weird. Rather than socializing, he spent most of his formative years collecting records and inventing secret songs in his mind. If he likes what he hears in a performance, he has the audacity to picture himself as a contemporary to this artist. It doesn’t matter how old the recording is - Sammy might borrow a couple quirks from Sinatra, a little flourish from M. Ward or Neil Young, a riff from the Shirelles, and before you know it you’re presented with quite an esoteric palette of sonic colours.
He graduated from SUNY Purchase’s Acting BFA Conservatory where he performed & trained under the direction of Tony-Award winning Trazana Beverley and many other leaders in the theatre, film & music industries. Sammy has lived in NYC, LA, Edmonton and Toronto. He was lucky enough to be chosen by Matt Masters as a featured performer for an Americana Music Festival in Calgary, a featured artist at Edmonton’s ‘Big Dreamer Jam’, and he has opened for artists like Dana Wylie, Doug Hoyer, Cayley Thomas, Amy Van Keeken, Baby Jey and more. His music has been featured on the CKUA and CJSR radio stations. Sammy has contributed vocals to upcoming albums from Emmet Michael & Jonathan Kawchuk.
Sammy was honoured to have been selected by the Canadian Musicians Cooperative as an Emerging Artist & Program Coordinator for Summer 2021. Since wrapping up the recording sessions for his upcoming album "Be Alright!", Sammy was featured as a performer in the documentary film "Riding the Waves". He recently performed to a sold-out crowd for Festival Place's patio series on a split bill with Ayla Brook & the Sound Men. The Heart Of The City music festival booked Sammy as a featured artist as part of its Youth Stage line up in June. He was also booked to play in the heart of downtown Edmonton for the ICE Jam Concert Series. "Riding the Waves" premiered at Festival Place on September 17th.