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1st Annual SAM Foundation Awards ft. Jim Lauderdale

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Come down to Sportsmen’s Tavern on Monday evening (9/21 @7pm) to enjoy live music by Jim Lauderdale, Bill Kirchen, Kim Lenz, and Stone Country for the 1st annual SAM Foundation Awards.

The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation has had a highly successful first year as the premier non-profit music organization in WNY.  A variety of events have been held, and they’re consistently increasing their membership and  moving full steam ahead to make Buffalo the equal of Austin and Nashville.  Therefore, it is with great pride and excitement that the SAM Foundation announce their 1st annual Awards Night, which will be a very prestigious event showcasing the best of the WNY music scene along with distinguished and influential national Americana music stars.

For fans of Americana music, Lauderdale needs no introduction. He’s a musician’s musician and a great American storyteller. He’s been making hits long before some of you knew how to walk. His career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. He won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first Honors and Awards Show, which was held by the American Music Association in 2012. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.

Lauderdale is one of Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, and George Straight. This clearly isn’t his first rodeo. He just released his 26th studio album, I’m a Song, which features an all-star cast of friends and contributors like Elvis Costello and John Oates. Despite the 20-song track list, I’m a Song never wears out its welcome, thanks to Lauderdale’s immaculate talent and diversity. His style is sweet but not oversentimental, “Today I’ve Got The Yesterdays” represents country music as it is and should be, with effective fiddle and Patty Loveless on backing vocals. The entire album is a reflection of Lauderdale’s entire career and any fan of country/Americana/bluegrass will not be disappointed.

$25 members, $35 non-members, $50 reserved seats on 1st floor and 2nd floor first balcony.