Sam Outlaw takes "Popular Mechanics" over to Groningen and Amsterdam this weekend04-10-2022
Sam Outlaw is a singer-songwriter living in Nashville, TN. Born Samuel Morgan in South Dakota, and raised primarily in Southern California, his stage name comes from his mother’s maiden name.
Last year, Sam released his new full-length album, Popular Mechanics which he finally brings over to the Netherlands this month:
Popular Mechanics is inspired by, as its name might suggest, a mechanical engineer, Outlaw’s father, to be exact. The idea came following a visit from Outlaw’s father, when the artist began to connect the dots between industrial machines, technology and recorded music. Outlaw then narrowed his focus on the '80s music he grew up on.
“I’ve always loved ‘80s music,” says Outlaw, “so I started learning about the engineers and music producers from that time. It was a time when the producer and the recording engineer were as critical to the creative process as the artists. Those producers pushed the technology to achieve their creative vision because their inspiration was not so much the music of the past, but the possibilities of the future."
Outlaw lists Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, and Tom Petty as some of his influences for Popular Mechanics. Though its sound is a diversion from his first two studio albums, Outlaw explains that it’s still a reflection of who he truly is. “Up until now, the music I’ve made only really shows one side of myself," he says, "but I put my whole heart on the line with Popular Mechanics.”