Born: February 19, 1936, Laurel, Mississippi
Died: July 17, 2006
Photo credit: Bill Steber – www.steberphoto.com
Drummer, harmonica player, and vocalist Sam Myers backed legendary slide guitarist Elmore James in the 1950’s and recorded with him for the Fire label in 1961. Born and raised in Mississippi, Myers formed his own band working the chitlin’ circuit for much of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In 1986 he joined Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets putting out four albums from 1986-1991 on the Black Top label, and garnering W.C. Handy Awards for Song of the Year and Blues Band of the Year in 1988, which they have since repeated, making them one of the most successful contemporary blues bands performing today. Known as Sweet Sam, or the Deacon of the Delta, Myers has recorded for the Ace and Fury record labels as well as with the Mississippi Delta Blues Band for the TJ label. Sam Myers built his sound out of traditional Delta blues combined with a harp style reminiscent of Chicago’s Little Walter, spiced with Sam’s robust and gritty vocals.