Singer-songwriter-guitarist Patrick Sampson is familiar with the meaning of polar opposites. That’s because Patrick is barely in his 20s, but he’s been channeling the maturity of an older, seasoned songwriter ever since he wrote his first song at the age of 15. The depth of his lyrics and storytelling abilities could’ve been created by songwriters at least twice his age.
Some fans have even compared him to John Mayer. Patrick can reel you in with a soothing, very personal acoustic song, then change lanes and tear things up on his Gretsch electric guitar (Patrick became one of Gretsch’s youngest Endorsed Artists at the ripe old age of 17). Overlay a multi-octave voice that doesn’t sound like anyone else in the business, and there’s only one word to describe Patrick Sampson: Unique. It’s no wonder the Watertown, New York native has been called a younger version of James Taylor, Gary Clark Jr., Tracy Chapman, and other gifted storytelling musicians.
Patrick’s limitless creativity, warm personality, and his ability to create personal song-stories that emotionally connect with people has grown his fan base to over 100,000 followers on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
After releasing his first album, The Wanderer, in 2016, and several singles including “Good Guys,” “Gentle Conversation,” and “Fly With Her,” Patrick set his boundless energy on his most ambitious musical project to date: a 17-song album project entitled Altrove.
Recorded at his home studio and released in 2020, Altrove (which is Italian for “somewhere else”), is an impressive musical statement and body of work. Inspired by different parts of Patrick’s life over a four-year period, Altrove is a deeply personal song cycle that definitely takes the listener somewhere else: from a red room in an old house, to Barcelona, the red planet, and even to Saturn.
When you combine his natural knack for melody, a smooth voice, his guitar playing ability, and his poetic, sometimes cinematic style of lyrics and storylines, you can understand why Patrick Sampson is considered one of today’s brightest stars in the singer-songwriter universe.
"Altrove" is a collection of songs that took different parts and eras of my life across about a four year span and became one piece of music. Writing these songs and hearing them acoustically for so long, it was strange and so fulfilling hearing the music come together, and have sort of a new life to it in it's own way. Putting albums together has, and likely will always be my favorite thing to do. It's a strange, and often long process. Putting these songs together for you all from the first ideas, writing them in my quiet space, honing them in and all the way to the recording and mixing process. As I said in the interview I did with Emory Joyce, who created the album artwork and a bunch of the different videos and such we shot together, "This is four years of my life, and I'm sort of giving it away." That's what this feels like, so I do truly hope anyone who discovers this music enjoys it. A special thanks to my Dad Ed Sampson, Vince Brown, Rick Bergeron and Emory Joyce for helping create this piece of work, and God for giving me such great friends and people in my life to help create something special together. Welcome To Altrove.