Sam is the first born child of two 80’s rock musicians from Chicago. Her parents encouraged her to find a passion for music early with piano lessons and a strictly enforced practice schedule. Her awkward middle school phase then led to picking up her dad’s guitar, secretly singing in her bedroom shortly after. Her first musical idol, Taylor Swift, encouraged her to begin writing in high school. It wasn’t until age 17 that she finally gathered the strength to step up to a microphone in public. Her church family provided an incredible support system and she was able to use this platform to pour out her musical energy and abilities.
After high school, she performed in local shows, coffeehouses, singing competitions, and wedding ceremonies.
Sam can find something to appreciate in all genres of music, and she has been influenced by a wide range of artists such as Colbie Caillat, Needtobreathe, and the Civil Wars, but Country Music will always be number one in her book.
Sam spent her college years in the heart of Music City, studying at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where she completed a degree in criminal justice and pre-law. Full disclosure: the rest of the band did not know she was basically a cop when she joined.
Al was born and raised in Oak Lawn, IL. His father, an active blues guitarist in the Chicagoland area, inspired him to take up the guitar seriously when he was 13. Luckily, he had “limited” access to a small collection of vintage guitars and classic records that his dad kept in the basement. It also helped that his dad loved to show him how to steal classic Eric Clapton and Mike Bloomfield licks on Sunday afternoons.
Al has a long history of playing in bands, beginning with a 90’s grunge cover band that he played in during high school. He has since played in Blues and Southern Rock bands and even played lead guitar in a high energy Rage Against The Machine tribute band. Al has performed all over the country, including Key West, FL, SXSW in Austin TX, and the House of Blues in Chicago. Al is also an accomplished studio musician and has co-written songs and recorded studio tracks for various local artists.
Al’s musical heroes range from Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Albert Lee to Tom Morello, Joe Bonamassa, and Danny Gatton. He keeps an open ear to every style and you can hear the wide range of influences that have shaped his playing over the years.
In his free time, Al likes to spend time with his daughter, and they love to visit their cottage just north of Madison.
Growing up in Algonquin, IL, Tom was introduced to the Piano by his parents at a very young age. Eventually this lead to an interest in Drum Set and Percussion, which he began studying formally at the age of 9. When he was first exposed to Jazz a year later, he began thinking of music as something more than just a hobby. Talented educators in both middle school and high school fueled his passion for music and encouraged him to attend Elmhurst College where he graduated with a dual-degree in Music Business and Jazz Studies. Although his main focus was on Jazz, he continued to perform in many ensembles, exploring a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
His time spent at Elmhurst College also provided countless opportunities to perform at venues across the US, Germany, and Italy–including performances with high-profile musicians such as Glen Kotche, Doc Severinsen, and Donny McCaslin. Tom currently keeps his schedule packed with performances in the Chicagoland area and beyond. When he’s not performing, Tom likes to drink copious amounts of coffee and play video games with his brothers (he’s a triplet, you know!).