From California natives like Merle Haggard and Gary Allan to transplants like Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, the Golden State has a rich country music history. On top of that, recent radio favorites like Cam and Jon Pardi have continued to keep Cali in the current country conversation.
For the last few years, South Dakota-to-California transplant Sam Outlaw has successfully added his name to the list of crooners with a California-infused country sound, one that he calls “SoCal Country,” a culture-clashing mix of country, roots, rock and sounds from south of the border.
For the fourth installment of Bruce Robison’s new web series, The Next Waltz, Sam stopped by Bruce’s Lockhart, Texas, studio to chat and re-record “Kind to Me,” a tune from his 2014 self-titled album.
Check out the the re-recording of “Kind to Me,” complete with an all-star cast of Texas studio musicians, including Geoff Queen (pedal steel), Kelley Mickwee (backing vocals), Dony Wynn (drums), Trevor Nealon (piano), Jeremy Long (pedal steel), George Reiff (bass), David Grissom (guitar), Anthony Farrell (keyboard) and Brian Beken (fiddle).
In the interview segment, Sam discusses the experience of recording in Bruce’s unique all-analog studio, tying it back to his earliest experiences with music at church.
“You get people in a room, you show them a song, and then they perform the song,” says Sam. “And that is something that I think is missing [in recording music]. To me, the fun of music is playing with people . . . the congregational thing.”
Check out Bruce’s interview with Sam below.