FEATURING: Sam Platts and the Plainsmen.
Guided by classic country music, a life in agriculture, and western swing danceability, Sam Platts and the Plainsmen's style isn’t simply a throwback—it’s modern music played by, and for, modern listeners. They’re old-school. They’re new-school. They’re our kind of school.
Hosted by Brad McMullen
From "The Wild Ride" in 2022.
"Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" (words + music by Denver Darling, Milt Gabler + Vaughn Horton)
"Buster" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"Bonaparte's Retreat" (words by Pee Wee King, traditional melody)
"Just in time" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"Seven Times a Day" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"The High Cost of Low Living" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"Green Light" (words + music by Hank Thompson)
"Git Along, Little Dogies" (traditional)
"I Can't Stay out of the Bars" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"Big Butter and Egg Man" (words + music by Percy Venable)
"Jackson's Hired Man" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"You Cared Enough To Lie" (words + music by Pinto Bennet + Sergio Webb)
"Canadian Line" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" (words by Joe Young + music by Fred E. Ahlert)
"If You Haven't Met the Wolf" (words + music by Sam Platts)
"Sally Goodin'" (traditional)
"Roly Poly" (words + music by Fred Rose)
"The St. James Infirmary Blues" (traditional)
"Goodbye Old Paint" (created by Charley Willis)
"A Six Pack to Go" (words + music by Dick Hart, John Lowell+ Hank Thompson)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sam Platts and the Plainsmen is an energetic Americana band from Montana, focused on bringing traditional country and western swing to modern audiences. Sam Platts fronts the group on vocals and archtop rhythm guitar, which is also composed of Lilly Platts on fiddle, J Kane on upright bass, and Bill Dwyer on electric guitar. Sam got his start in music on the windy plains of southern Wyoming, and playing has since taken him across the country and world. Today he and his wife, Lilly, call southwest Montana home. Sam’s songwriting is in the vein of country and western swing, and much of his inspiration comes from rural life and traditional country music. The group keeps a busy schedule, and has had the honor of opening for acts like Asleep At The Wheel, Wayne Hancock, Corb Lund, and Dale Watson. The group released their full-length album, "West Side," in December 2022.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 23, 2022.
Made possible by the NV Energy Foundation and a multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.