Sam Outlaw Takes a Ride to Nowhere in “Ghost Town” Video

Sam Outlaw Takes a Ride to Nowhere in “Ghost Town” Video

Sam Outlaw’s debut album, Angeleno, is a pretty optimistic set of songs, for the most part.

The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter (Outlaw was his mother’s maiden name, if you’re wondering) gets laughs from the woozy honky-tonk misery of “Jesus Take the Wheel (and Drive Me to a Bar)” and dishes potent-but-sensible relationship advice in “Keep It Interesting.”

Angeleno was produced by L.A. session wizard Ry Cooder along with his son, drummer Joachim Cooder, and feels mostly like an audio representation of that sun-kissed locale with easygoing, fingerpicked guitars and mariachi horns. Sam calls it “SoCal Country” to give it a sense of place and distinguish it from the harder-edged sounds coming out of Nashville right now.

“It was really that Southern California singer/songwriter troubadour-era tradition that is as much a part of what I do as hard-core honky-tonk music is,” Sam says.

But there’s a dark side to the album that creeps through the cracks in the funny songs as well as the mournful ones, like “Ghost Town,” which was written in the wake of a family tragedy. Sam’s parents divorced when he was an adult, his mother passed away shortly after and suddenly the home he had once known no longer existed.

“There’s nothing funny about that at all,” he says, “but in all of these things, you look for God’s grace to get through them and hopefully get to the point where you see that pain is a part of life.”

The song’s video, which you can view below, puts Sam in grimy industrial Los Angeles, apart from the glamour and glitz of the city. Check it out, and be sure to give Angeleno a listen.

photo by Matt Wignall/Shore Fire Media

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Luke Combs Gets 11th Number-1 with “Forever After All”

Luke Combs Gets 11th Number-1 with “Forever After All”

Congrats to Luke Combs – his song “Forever After All” is sitting at number-1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart!

This is Luke’s 11th consecutive number-1 song – and the 6th track off of his deluxe album What You See Ain’t Always What You Get to capture the top spot.

After hitting number-1 Luke says, “It’s pretty crazy having this song go number-1, being the sixth number-1 off this album. It’s incredible, and it’s all thanks to the fans. We have a really great team – from management, to label, to band and crew, and we’ve been lucky that country radio has embraced us, which means the world to me. I’m forever grateful to everybody that’s helped get my songs out there. I just wanna say thanks to everybody, and I never take it for granted.”

Photo Credit: Zack Massey