Recently, I interviewed Samantha Stollenwerck about her forthcoming album and the new sound she's working on with producer Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow) and other notable musicians whose band credits include Beck, Macy Gray, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and others. The interview and a review of Stollenwerck's recent re-emergence onto the L.A. music scene at the legendary Viper Room currently can be read here on JamBase.
Look for Samantha playing out around town as she tries the new tunes on for size, and definitely check some of them out on her MySpace page or on her Web site, Samanthamusic.com.
I met Samantha at the Gathering of the Vibes Festival in 2008, and noticed that besides former Grateful Dead member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay and mistress of funk Jen Durkin of Deep Banana Blackout, she was one of the only females I saw performing that weekend.
I really dug Samantha's music then, but her new stuff is over the top. Besides being an excellent performer and a beauty taboot, Samantha was very approachable, granting me an interview for the jamband book on the spot and giving me her backstage artist pass so I could go on to interview New Riders of the Purple Sage and Umphrey's McGee, not to mention get within a few feet of handing Phil Lesh my tie-dyed business card (alas, I was stopped by a burly security guard).
Samantha rockin' out
Samantha grew up on the southern California sounds of Sublime but found her way to the folk scene in San Francisco, eventually sharing a stage with Bob Weir and Tea Leaf Green in 2006 at the legendary Fillmore for the 40th Anniversary of the Acid Tests/Bill Graham 75th Birthday Bash, in memory of the late, great concert promoter of the Bay area psychedelic rock scene.
Enjoy more photos from the evening. Special thanks to David Serota for providing the JamBase photos.
Jeff Trott, Samantha Stollenwerck, Joan Jones