“Raise your glass with a soundtrack of swampy-as-hell, devil’s got your soul music!”- Seven Days (Vermont)
The last two years have been the busiest to date for Sam Pace. With the release of his band’s third album Judgment Eve in 2018– Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit embarked on a North American Tour comprised of over 60 dates from coast-to-coast. They also opened for such internationally acclaimed artists as Everlast and Larkin Poe. In 2019 and 2020, Sam joined Triumph Motorcycles as an Artist in Residence for a three month solo tour which spanned the entire U.S. coast to coast and back again. The 45-city tour was the largest solo tour of his career and included crowds ranging from 200-500 people per event.
“As far as high energy shows are concerned, Austin music fans could not do much better that Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit” – Greg Ackerman, Examiner
In years past, Sam has been peppered throughout the Austin Music Awards annual Top-10 lists. He has placed Top-10 for Musician of the Year, Best Song, Best Album, Best Album Art, Best Rock Band, Best Blues/Soul/Funk Band and two years in a row for Best Guitar Player and Best Male Vocals.
“Down and dirty rock n’ roll is hard to come by these days, even more difficult for it to achieve the level of success Pace has…” – Overload Austin
Sam’s voice and guitar playing are the signatures of the sound. His booming baritone and soulful growl give the music a powerful edge; while his heavy, swinging guitar and thick, luscious tone has been described as “a marriage between Peter Green, early Clapton, and early Hendrix.”
“Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit’s album Rapture is full of raw power. The overall sound ranges from blues to monster rock to moments of deep tenderness.” – Barbara Jo (Famous Austin DJ and Music Hostess)
The songwriting and originality of sound is of paramount importance to the band. Their rock n’ roll roots and bluesy, soulful influences are always present- but their variations of theme, groove and emotion encapsulate an entire world of sonic pleasure. Their three studio albums – The Feelin’ (2012), Rapture (2014), and Judgment Eve (2018) display the dexterity and growth of the band in full force.
“Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit deliver a knock-out with Judgment Eve”- Track Rambler
Their newest LP – Judgment Eve – was recorded in Austin and produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith. It features some of Austin’s finest musicians and adds a whole new chapter to Sam’s ambitious style of rock n’ roll and heavy soul.
“What a badass!” – Rebecca Lovell (Lead Singer of Larkin Poe)