Like many musicians, Sam Lewis arrived in Nashville with two main goals: one, meet some friends, and two, record some great music. Waiting on You, his sophomore outing, represents the coterminus of those two goals, as he has both 12 new tunes to his name that he recorded with a smattering of Nashville’s most well-known players. Featuring Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey, Ray LaMontagne), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young), and the McCrary Sisters, Waiting on You is a vibrant picture of Lewis’ growing skills as a songwriter and a troubadour.
Below you can watch Lewis perform a spare rendition of the soulful track “Little Time”.
Lewis tells PopMatters about the tune, “For many reasons this song may be my personal favorite on the entire album. It¹s the only co-write on this record and I was lucky enough to pen it with a great songwriter, Taylor Bates, whom also happens to be a great husband and father. We are both huge John Prine fans, and one night we thought we would try and make that fact even more apparent. This is one of only two first takes on the record and the only direction given to the band was to pretend like we were performing this song to a group of five year olds. JT Cure’s bass line on the album’s version is so animated that if you listen closely you can hear me singing through a smile.”
Waiting on You is out on 21 April via Brash Music.