Sam Lewis' sophomore album Waiting on You comes out on April 21, but we are premiering an in-studio performance video of "Texas," one of the songs off the new effort, here early, exclusively on Music Times.
In 2008, Lewis released an acoustic collection called One's a Long Time, Two's a Fly By and then moved to Nashville a year later to pursue his music career. While in Nashville, Lewis caught the attention of producer Matt Urmy, who helped produce his first album. Lewis' second album comes three years after his eponymous debut, for which he received national acclaim. This second album features contributions from many of Nashville's most popular musicians, including Mickey Raphael on harmonica, Gabe Dixon on keyboard, and The McCrary Sisters on backing vocals. Lewis hopes to become one of the great "truth-tellers and troubadours" like Hank Williams or John Prine.
"I wrote 'Texas' a year before I visited Texas for the first time," Lewis told us. "I hadn't the slightest clue as to what 'He's going back to Texas, but he never left there to begin with' meant when I began singing it one night, though it did remind me some of the great troubadours that hail from that part of the world. I was thinking mostly of songwriter Guy Clark when developing the verses. The whole song takes place in a diner early one morning. These two men have just paid for their breakfast and are on the brink of parting ways for what seems like may be the last time. The only spoken words are: 'I didn't think she'd ever leave him' said by the older man. Everything else is merely thoughts and assumptions made by the younger. I hope he makes it back."
Lewis is currently on tour through the end of June. His next show is on April 9 at The 5 Spot in Nashville, TN, the venue where Matt Urmy first heard him play.
Be sure to check out his new album, Waiting On You, when it arrives April 21. Follow the #SamLewisLIVE hashtag on Twitter to discover more new music from Lewis' upcoming album.