• 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 madeThe 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.

It should come as no surprise that Suitcase Sam's debut EP, Get It To Go, looks to the past for its inspiration. After all, the band's main member is a current member of White Suede and a former member of the late Barons & Lengthy, and both of those groups had sounds that borrowed heavily from the '60s and '70s.

What is surprising, however, is how much further back Get It To Go's influences stretch. 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.

  • "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.