— From Willy Tea Taylor’s song “Brand New Game”In a sense, The Sam Chase is like an L.A. freeway. When SoCal folks reference their interstates, they always include “The” as part of the discussion. “The 5 is clogged. … The 15 is on fire,” and so forth. Sam Chase is the same. The Sam Chase (he always includes “The” before his name) is a songwriter, a bandleader, a comedian, and an insightful voice in these crazy times. His songs are penned with humor and honesty, and he sings them with passion and a voice that sounds like it has been soaked in whiskey for a season. The Sam Chase has performed at High Sierra Music Festival, Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival and many other West Coast gatherings. He has been voted “Best Songwriter” in the SF Bay Guardian. Tahoe Onstage music critic Garrett Bethmann confesses: “I can’t listen to Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra without experiencing an out-of-body experience.” “Where my soul goes, I cannot be sure, but it no longer remains in the realm of the physical and definite,” Bethmann writes. “Instead, it drifts into the ether and finds solace in the nebulous, creative world of Marty O’Reilly (guitar and vocals) and bandmates Chris Lynch (violin and keyboards), Ben Berry (upright bass) and Matt Goff (drums and percussion). “It is for this transcendental place that O’Reilly and The OSO have been searching. Over its first two albums the band wandered through meadows of old-timey blues and folk that popped with contemporary color, though whose roots were set in familiar and hallowed soil. On the band’s new album “Stereoscope,” the songs bloom with true creativity and whose influences range from Howlin’ Wolf to Charles Mingus to Radiohead. The new batch of material couldn’t be mistaken for anyone but O’Reilly and The OSO, which is exactly what the band wanted this album to be: a showcase sounding like no one else but themselves.” So get off your hay bale and make your way to the Crown Room for the Winter Snowdown on Saturday. These singer-songwriters have stories to tell and music to play.
- Winter Snowdown Featuring Willy Tea Taylor, The Sam Chase and Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the show Red Room after-party: The Inapropriators —