Swing with some sonic specimens | VailDaily.com

Swing with some sonic specimens

Andrew Harley Daily A&E Writer
Special to the DailyGuitarist Sean Kelly and The Samples rock 8150 tonight in Vail.

Like a chameleon traveling on a rainbow, Sean Kelly and The Samples have undergone a spectrum change to preserve their musical dreams and being.Conceived 17 years ago in Boulder, The Samples now call Burlington, Vt., home, and, aside from Kelly, the current line-up joined the group less than two years ago.The Samples were affiliated with numerous record labels and dealt with numerous nonbelievers before settling into a distinct sound with the 1993 album, “The Last Drag.”The Samples include lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Kelly, acoustic guitarist and vocalist Tom Askin, drummer Bill Mutchler, bassist Jared Johnson and harmony singer and keyboardist Karl Dietel.Kelly, the roots of The Samples, has played guitar since he was 16 years old. He lists Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Suzanne Vega and Bruce Hornsby among his influences.Askin’s history with The Samples dates back to 2000, when he worked as the band’s lighting and video director and then the front of house engineer. He began touring with Kelly in 2002.Mutchler has been touring with The Samples since April of 2003. He enjoys playing the drums, canoeing and eating marshmallows.Johnson, who has been playing for approximately 17 years, has been laying down the bass for The Samples’ sounds for less than a year. He comes from Rutland, Vt., though he says he hates bumpy roads.Dietel started jamming with The Samples in June of 2003, and became a permanent member in August. Of the many musicians he has had the honor of jamming with, Dietel highlights Buddy Miles, Pete Seeger and Bernie Worrell.The Samples recently finished a new album called “Black and White,” which is scheduled to hit stores Tuesday.The Samples brings their music back to Colorado at 8150 tonight at 10. Tickets cost $12, and Crash Orchid opens.Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 610, or at aharley@vaildaily.com.

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