Putting the sound of the road, the ocean, and the deep search for meaning into heartfelt song.
Sam Weber’s new album, Valentina Nevada, embodies these themes, employing the Laurel Canyon sounds of Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell as the foundation for a collection of songs that form a travelogue of the journey Weber and his band have been on for the past two years, both literally and metaphysically. The album’s guiding spirit is its muse, Valentina, and as Weber explains, “All the songs are about the struggle, but Valentina is the only one that gets past it. When choosing a name for this record, I wanted to put Valentina forward, because she’s ahead of me in a lot of ways.”
Weber and company played a combined 155 shows in 2014-2015, including appearances at Canadian Music Week, Breakout West, Tall Tree Music Festival, Rifflandia Festival, and SunFest in Duncan B.C. The band’s mandate is to play anywhere and everywhere, which has brought Weber a following that spans generations, made up of folks from both large cities and towns off the usual touring grid. For Weber, music is about inclusion and direct communication. “Genres and labeling in music tend to confuse the true intention,” he says. “I don’t want that kind of language to be a barrier between a listener and their natural musical reflexes.”
Raised in the oceanside community of North Saanich, B.C., his geographic isolation forced his mind inward, which, for better or worse, heavily impacted his outlook as a songwriter. Weber’s writing reflects a romanticization of places where the energy is more tangible than he has experienced thus far in his quiet island life. Valentina Nevada is in some respects an anthology that blends personal biographies with speculative interpretations of people and places imagined from afar.
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