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Sam Price

Sam Price
Sam Price

Sam Price

Born: Slidell, LA

Instruments: Lakeland Electric 5-String Bass, Sal Giardina Upright Bass

Raised just outside the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell Louisiana, Sam Price grew up playing rock and roll, but was later influenced by the variety of musical styles he heard coming over the airwaves from WWOZ radio, across Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans.

After moving to the city at the age of 21, Sam began to feel the funk, got hip to jazz and started feeling the blues.  After a brief stint at the University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Program, his continuing musical travels led him through the realms of bluegrass with John Boutte and Uptown Okra, afro-beat with the New World Funk Ensemble, and Latin music with Freddy Omar, before eventually founding his own Afro-Cuban jazz group Otra.

In September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina had left him stranded out on the West coast, Sam had a chance encounter with Garland, Aaron, & Chris in San Francisco, where Sam was staying with family. Together, they formed the emerging Americana powerhouse, Honey Island Swamp Band. The rest, as they say, is history.

Performance credits:

  • Otra
  • Irene Sage
  • Smilin Myron
  • Shannon McNally
  • Rockin Jake Band
  • Denise Marie
  • The Desires
  • Scott Gradeaux and Radio Republic
  • Acoustic Swiftness
  • Rebecca Berry
  • Elegant Gypsy
  • Kacey Cubero
  • VaVaVoom


  • Honey Island Swamp Band, Good To You, 2010
  • Honey Island Swamp Band, Wishing Well, 2009
  • Honey Island Swamp Band, Honey Island Swamp Band, 2007
  • Shannon McNally, North American Ghost Music, 2006
  • OTRA, Todo Pa’la Gente, 2004
  • Denise Marie, Aprhodite and Outlaws, 2004
  • John Boutté & Uptown Okra, Carry Me Home, 2003
  • Uptown Okra, Potluck Dinner, 2002
  • Irene Sage, Live at the Leaf, 2002
  • New World Funk Ensemble, New World Funk Ensemble, 1998

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