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Samples Celebrate 20 Years

Of the Oakland Press

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Twenty years has gone by “in a blink” for Colorado rockers the Samples. But frontman Sean Kelly feels it’s a relatively modest achievement.

“I think about how insignificant that time period is compared to a great redwood tree, you know?” Kelly says. “It’s just a little moment, really. You get these little moments, and I think I’ve made it through the halfway point of when you follow your dreams — but you’re not all the way there yet, and you may never be.

“It’s very frightening, actually.”

Kelly and the Samples have maintained by doing things on their own terms. They started their 18-album recording career on a major label but subsequently left and have worked almost entirely with small and independent companies. It’s perhaps limited their commercial impact, but Kelly says it’s made for a much more pleasant and fulfi lling path for the band.

“It’s proven to be a nice thing, and I’m glad I followed it,” says Kelly, who’s in “the writing process” for the Samples’ next album and recently put 126 band videos on YouTube. “At times, I’m insanely quirky and hard to deal with, because I just don’t come from a business background. I just really see the art and try to keep that idealism as much as I can.

“Who knows how long you can keep doing it; however that works is in the hands of something else. I just try to think about what more creative things I can contribute and hope that everything else takes care of itself.”

The Samples and Dave McMillin perform Friday (March 9) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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