The theme for the recent Sam Lewis release, Loversity, takes its cue from the word that Sam created to use as the album title. On Loversity, the title track is a common ground where a worldwide community can join in harmony against a backdrop of Soul horns, a mighty groove and heavenly choir backing vocals. The sound of Loversity is soulful, the songs holding tight to the musical mood as the rhythms glide on Southern Soul (“When Comes the Morning”), 60’s grooves (“Accidental Harmony”), triphammer heartbeat percussion and sliced chords (“One and the Same”) as Sam Lewis steps funky up to the pulpit to declare “Do It” to the undecided.
A small grain of sand can clog the momentum of a new album, and when Sam Lewis’ booking agency closed as his sophomore album (Waiting on You) was raising his star, his inability to tour behind the success had Sam checking out job listings in the local paper, submitting his application to the East Nashville Post Office for work. Before his name tag was filled out, Sam Lewis landed the opening slot for friend Chris Stapleton’s tour behind his Traveller album. Returning after a three-year hiatus, psychedelia colors the vintage Soul of Loversity as “(Some Fall Hard) Living Easy” delivers its message while rhythmic waves create a current for the wistful observations of “Some People” and sharp guitar notes try to pop the sonic bubbles floating across “The Only One”. The natural Soul of his voice walks confidently into Loversity, Sam Lewis wearing the sound like a second skin as he makes promises strolling through “Everything’s Going to Be Different”, lets his mind wander over a subtly smooth rhythm for “Great Ideas” and looks in the mirror for self-assessment backed by the chugging beat of “Little Too Much” as Loversity offers a version of the Loudon Wainwright III tune “Natural Disaster”.
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