Actor and musician Sam Palladio grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded by the beaches, surf and wild coastline of Cornwall.
But it was in Music City USA, Nashville Tennessee, that Sam got his acting and musical big break playing the role of soulful, country songwriter Gunnar Scott on ABC’s hit TV Drama “Nashville”, created by Academy award winning writer Callie Kouri and with executive music producers T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller.
Sam found himself immersed in the worlds of Americana, folk and country and was able to make music with some of the finest musicians and songwriters in the world. Sam found the perfect platform for the dual career he always dreamed of. Sam has been able to play his music on world famous stages like the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Troubadour and the Royal Albert Hall, play festivals throughout the US, Canada, the U.K and Australia, such as Stagecoach, C2C, Edmonton Folk Fest and CMC Rocks and showcase his acting talents to over 6 million viewers a week on prime time TV.
Sam’s blend of modern Americana is influenced by the folk and rock sounds of the 1960s and ‘70 and classic storytellers like James Taylor and Paul Simon.
Sam is currently in the studio working on his debut release set for the end of 2018.
Country music singer-songwriter from Nashville, Sarah Ann Darling made her name in 2003, when she was a top three finalist on E! Entertainment Television’s reality show, The Entertainer. In 2012 her single titled ‘Home to Me’ sold over 8,000 copies in the first week of release, becoming the top selling digital single from a new female artist since May 2011. Her latest album ‘Dream Country’ was preceded by standout single ‘Halley’s Comet’ and came with a music video for her feature track ‘Where Cowboys Ride’. With a new sound she calls Dream Country, Darling is sure to take you on whimsical ride through starry stories of when cowboys used to ride away into the West.
The Wandering Hearts
The Wandering Hearts kicked off 2018 with the release of their thrilling debut album, Wild Silence, on Decca Records. The album spent three weeks at number one on the UK Official Country Albums Chart and remains in the top 10. In February, the band won the coveted Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at The UK Americana Awards 2018, a prize handpicked by the legendary broadcaster himself.
A tale that seems too unbelievable to be true, The Wandering Hearts met almost by chance and were discovered 26 minutes after uploading their first ever demo to SoundCloud, recorded only the second time the band had met to rehearse together. Their shared passion for Americana, vocal harmonies and gin drew them together two years ago, and one afternoon in an empty bar room of the Earl Haig Hall in London’s Crouch End, The Wandering Hearts were born.
With their seamless vocal harmonies, The Wandering Hearts are reminiscent of First Aid Kit and Of Monsters and Men, whilst channelling Fleetwood Mac’s pop sensibility and the storytelling of Chris Stapleton, all the while keeping their British roots at their heart.
The Wandering Hearts have announced a London headline show at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 28 November. The band will also be making their US live debut in June, performing at two of Nashville’s most iconic venues, The Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman, both at the personal invitation of country music legend Marty Stuart.
Now in its fifth year, River Town brings the music of America’s heartland to the south west in a summer celebration of roots and Americana music. With a vibrant programme of blues, bluegrass, country and gospel, 2019’s series is packed full of performances from global icons and rising stars.
In 2019 the River Town series takes place at venues across Bristol including St George’s
Bristol, The O2 Academy, SWX, The Winston Theatre at Bristol University SU and The Crofters Rights,
and also makes its first foray into Bath with two performances at The Forum. With artists including k.d. lang, Lucinda Williams, The Shires, The Mavericks, Keb’ Mo’ and Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, it’s the most ambitious programme yet.
River Town began in 2015 under the banner of Bristol Americana Weekend and under a co-producing partnership between Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol presented Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Larkin Poe, Police Dog Hogan, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and many more outstanding artists of American roots music.
The festival returned after wide-spread acclaim in 2016 to feature Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the now internationally famous The White Buffalo.
In 2017 we launched the festival for a third year under the new name of River Town and showcased some of the finest blues, gospel, country and bluegrass, from across the pond and closer to home in Colston Hall, St George’s Bristol and for the first time in O2 Academy. Three UK greats – Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe and Andy Fairweather Low – joined forces in a rare trio performance that celebrated their shared love of American R&B, soul and country. The compelling singer songwriter Martha Wainwright performed along with R&B powerhouse, gospel legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples. Plus performances by duo The Shires with crossover stars Ward Thomas brought country-pop to Bristol.
In 2018 the festival expanded across the city as part of our Colston Hall Presents programme, showcasing events taking place in venues across Bristol during the Hall’s Transformation project. In it’s fourth iteration River Town’s line-up featured music icons
Graham Nash and Rosanne Cash alongside The Barr Brothers, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The White Buffalo.