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The impossibly talented 19-year old Utah musician Sammy Brue has just shared the latest song from his forthcoming album, “Crash Test Kid”. “Megawatt” is the fourth track to be released from the already critically lauded young artist’s sophomore album, Crash Test Kid. (June 12 via New West Records) . Having just completed tours opening for Michael Kiwanuka and Marcus King before the Covid-19 crisis, Sammy was forced to cancel his trip to SXSW, and has spent the past several weeks at home in Utah, where he’s been performing live on his Instagram Stories and recently took part in Consequence Of Sound’s livestream tribute to one of his musical heroes, John Prine.

Since writing his first song (a fingerpicked, autobiographical tune titled “The Woody Guthrie Song”) at the age of 11, Brue has released three homespun EPs, his New West full-length debut, I Am Nice and a 2018 EP, Down with Desperation . In the process, the Ogden, Utah native has been hailed as an “Americana prodigy” by Rolling Stone , a “wunderkind” by American Songwriter and one of the “teenagers shaping pop” by The New Yorker . Alongside this, Brue has performed at the Newport Folk Festival and played shows with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson and Hayes Carll; and toured alongside Justin Townes Earle, who has become a mentor of sorts.


Brue recorded his debut full-length, I Am Nice , in Muscle Shoals with Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and John Paul White of The Civil Wars producing. But for his new album he took a different approach, collaborating with Irish producer, singer-songwriter Iain Archer , who has worked with the likes of Jake Bugg and Snow Patrol.

released June 12th, 2020
All songs written by Sammy Brue and Iain Archer

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I sometimes hesitate to use the word “virtuoso” or “prodigy” with music, but Sammy Brue really deserves this description. Something about him reminds me a little of Elvis Costello. He’s got this sort of punk Americana ethos that I really enjoy . His whole style is endearing while also shouting “devil may care” in its own way. The syntax and style of his writing doesn’t sound like anyone else, which is really superb. His lyrics are often punctuated and direct, reflective of the dynamic emotions of late teen and early 20s with love.

It’s an album that makes me feel plenty of different emotions. There are some vintage sounds on this that will make you think you parents would like it, but it has a modern sheen to it that feels positively perfect for this generation. The best snapshot of his sound is “I Know,” but if you want something a bit more soulful, go with “I Never Said.” Personally, I can’t get enough of the song “Once a Lover,” a poetic lament that connects with me in the recesses of my soul.

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Sammy Brue began his music career busking at age 10 during the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, he has been mentored by some of Nashville’s finest songwriters, and t age 14, Brue released his 2015 EP, I Don’t Want You to Leave. His songwriting is incredibly sincere and beautifully crafted, while his voice conveys his old soul. Let’s be clear about one thing thoughSammy Brue is not just impressive for his age, he’s impressive, period. He just signed with New West Records and was recording his debut album in the studio in June, so keep an eye out for a full-length album coming soon!