Sam Eliad

Hailing from Gene Autry, Oklahoma, singer-songwriter Sam Eliad is currently making a name for himself in the West coast with his unique blend of heartfelt Americana folk-rock and high energy live performances. Growing up with musical parents, Sam was exposed to songs ranging from Hank Williams to Bob Dylan to old spirituals his family would sing around the house. His first guitar (a beat 1926 Gibson L-1 with a gaping hole in the side) was a gift from his grandmother Graminika who used to lead the choir in Gene Autry. Sam's mother, Izzy, taught Sam his first chords and got him to sing harmonies to anything that would come on the radio in their house or in their old pickup when driving from the ranch to town. It was during these years that Sam became familiar with the fingerpicking and slide stylings of greats such as Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis, two artists who's influence can be felt in Sam's guitar playing.

Once Sam graduated high school he caught a greyhound bus to San Francisco with plans to go to college but instead he began busking and playing cafes to make a living. It wasn't until he settled in Portland, OR, that he put his band together and began touring clubs along the west coast, later venturing into the mid-west and east coast club scenes. His writing has often been compared to the likes of Townes Van Zandt or a modern day Neil Young, but with the occasional pop elements thrown in conjuring more of an "Indiecana" sound.

His self titled debut release, is due out in the Fall of this year.



One World


Wednesday, August 7th
Los Angeles, CA
Hotel Cafe

Sunday, August 11th
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Utah

Wednesday, August 14th
Salt Lake City, UT
Kilby Court

Sunday, August 18th
Austin, TX
Saxon Pub
Tuesday, August 20th
Dallas, TX
The Kessler Theatre

Friday, August 23rd
Des Moines, IA
Vaudeville Mews

Saturday, August 24th
Madison, WI
The Frequency

Wednesday, August 28th
Columbus, OH
Rumba Cafe
Saturday, Augsut 31st
Pittsburgh, PA
Club Cafe

Tuesday, September 3rd
Boston, MA
Club Passim

Friday, September 6th
New York, NY
The Bitter End

Sunday, September 8th
Philadelphia, PA
World Cafe Live
Tuesday, September 10th
Vienna, VA
Jammin' Java

Thursday, September 12th
Asheville, NC
The Altamont Theatre

Friday, September 13th
Charlotte, NC
Evening Muse

Sunday, September 15th
Decatur, GA
Eddie's Attic