Man and his dog take acoustic roots road trip
SAM West is living the dream. Travelling in his new van, with his bull mastiff cross Bruce, and armed with his acoustic guitar he is conquering 60 gigs in 60 days.
And he will bring his acoustic roots original sound to Agnes Water and Gladstone in October.
The 26-year-old's musical influences range from John Butler to Ben Harper, which is obvious from his earthy vocals and an impressive bare-finger playing technique.
Since picking up his first acoustic guitar at 14, his musical journey has taken him to gigs across Australia.
Specialising in the pub scene, he said his latest challenge of 60 gigs had taken him to spontaneous shows at random places.
"I was thinking about it today, that I'm living my dream; it's to travel and play music, and that's what I'm doing," the humble Hervey Bay-born muso said.
Since his last venture, he said he's travelling in style now.
"At the moment I'm travelling in my new van - I used to travel a bit more rough in a four-wheel drive, sleeping in a camping trailer.
"But I'm a real musician now I have my van," he said with a laugh.
It's not all about the gigs along the way; he has spent time writing too.
"A lot of my songs are about my life experiences; a fair few of them are about falling in love and relationships," he said.
It will be his first time to Gladstone during his central Queensland leg of his 60-gig tour but he will revisit Agnes, after a popular performance at last year's Agnes Blues and Roots festival.
"I really do love the Agnes Water Tavern," he said.
"There's a good little fan base there; there were maybe 30-50 people who bought my album last time.
"There's a lot of people who come down and sing along; that's the best thing, when people sing along to my own songs."
Sam will soon release his second studio album, Circles. His gigs will be at Dicey's the Irish Bar on October 17 and 18 and the Agnes Water Tavern on October 24.