Gordie Sampson's worlds collided with the Canadian release of Almost Beautiful. Written with many of his long-time Nashville collaborators, the songs exemplify the kind of thoughtful and clever writing that has earned Sampson a Grammy award, multiple awards for his recordings and an international reputation as an outstanding songwriter.
A musical chameleon, his production and performance slide easily into the contemporary Country music scene here at home, and in America. The musicianship on Almost Beautiful is superb, featuring Sampson himself, along with some of his fine Nashville musician friends. The first single, “Hurricane Jane” is a driving uptempo tune, reminiscent of Kid Rock’s foray into Country music. The songs are, by and large, reflective and feel comfortingly familiar to fans.
From September until May, Sampson lives and writes in Nashville, where he has become an established member of the community. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Faith Hill are just a few American artists who have covered Sampson's songs. In the summers, he heads back home to Canada to spend time with family and friends in his beloved Cape Breton and to perform in the Maritimes where audiences welcome him, year after year. Despite the rarity of his Canadian concerts, Sampson continues to find a home on Canadian radio and garner awards and nominations for his records. Almost Beautiful is Sampson’s fourth release on turtlemusik and earned the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Country Recording of the Year.
A brilliant writer, an innovative producer/director, and a dynamic on-stage presence, Gordie’s musical genius is applauded by audiences and industry players alike.