- GOODNIGHT RIVERDALE PARK: If It's Too Loud
...Suitcase Sam has completely nailed the country/rock genre with his latest single, "Growing Up." Even though the song hearkens back to the early 70's glory days of that style, it feels completely timeless. According to the press release, Suitcase Sam wanted to make an album that sounded like it was released in 1972. Well... he accomplished that goal. "Growing Up" is a rambling country rocker in a style that doesn't quite get made like this anymore, and that's kind of a shame.
- GOODNIGHT RIVERDALE PARK: The Blues and Roots Music Blog
...Goodnight Riverdale Park is 10 tracks of sheer roots music bliss as Suitcase Sam incorporates country, blues, jazz and folk into a cleverly produced album that sounds like it comes straight out of somewhere between the 1930's to 1950's. He obviously has a passion for traditional roots music and he delivers it in an expert fashion that shows his deep respect for it. With singalong vocals, honky-tonk style piano, happy clarinet and some fine fiddle, this is a real treat from start to finish.
- GET IT TO GO: Roots Music Canada
...at times, listening to Sam, I couldn’t help feeling like I was listening to Adam Sandler riffing on 1920s standards. And yet...Sam has me really digging what he’s doing in a completely unironic way. He’s worth a listen for sure.
- GET IT TO GO: The Rock Doctor
...This EP is quirky and whether you dig it or don’t depends on how elastic your boundaries are. It’s the equivalent of finding a dusty, groovy antique shop, and it’s a refreshing change from what I usually listen to.
- GET IT TO GO: The Blues and Roots Blog
...Suitcase Sam's EP is a treat for fans of traditional roots music.
- GET IT TO GO: iheartmusic
PACK SUITCASE SAM
...If you were to hear songs like "The Sweetest Hippopotamus" and "Gas Pedal Rag" free of any context, you could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to some old jazz or folk music from the '20s or '30s. Almost everything about them -- the vocals, the melodies, the general vibe -- hearkens back to a much different era, and the only way you can tell that the songs are, in fact, modern is that the production quality is a little bit too crisp and clean.
Complaints about how good the songs sound, however, really don't -- or shouldn't -- amount to much. Suitcase Sam's debut is made to be thrown on and enjoyed, and demanding anything more from Get It To Go misses the point of it entirely.
- Suitcase Sam plays real music. Music that is good in any decade. Music that needs no computer. It's old time country/blues that is very pleasant to listen to. It's also very encouraging to know that these kind of tunes still get made. The Deli Magazine.
- Suitcase Sam...a less annoying Randy Newman BlogTO
...One man sometimes two man band, pulls out the classics, cowboy blues riffs on acoustic guitar, accompanied by kazoos, piano & the occasional horn. Sam's voice floats over his oldtime-y ditties like a less annoying Randy Newman. Seriously they should have hired him to do the Toy Story score. Simplicity at its best, Suitcase Sam makes the small guy sound big with a comforting warmth.
- There were moments when they musically reminded me of The Band NXNE 2013 showcase review from Spill Magazine
The Toronto based traditionalist band played a strong set of well-performed songs to a small, but attentive crowd. Suitcase Sam appeared to be a caricature, sitting barefoot on his suitcase wearing white sunglasses and a harmonica holder with a kazoo taped on. Unfortunately staying in character seemed to disconnect Sam from the rest of the band. The keyboard player was set up to the far side of the stage and was barely audible. This detachment dampened the otherwise lively mix of Country Rock, Folk Jazz, Bluegrass and Blues influenced songs. There were moments when they musically reminded me of The Band...
- "A great guitarist and solid singer" from TOpoet
I was popped into a time machine and transported back to San Francisco 1969 by this modern Leon Redbone channeler. Sam did a fine set of covers with his own sweet original pieces. A great guitarist and a solid singer.