West Enders ft. Lydia Brittan

Besides the urban, bluesy, gospel chops, Lydia’s personal style is what equally fascinates her fans.

 

 

 

“Why the vintage vibe?” she said. “My mom always had style. I’d see old photographs from the 50s and 60s and there were gloves and hats, heels and dresses. You’d never see my mom in yoga pants! And if she wore denim, it was pressed.”

She said back in the day she emulates, “women were ladies, and men were gentleman.”

There were higher morals and standards back then, she mused.

Don’t get this wrong, Lydia exudes a confident sexiness, has about eight very meaningful tattoos, styles her hair in a bouffant style when performing, and is somewhat of a today’s version of a 1960s movie pin-up girl.

She began to develop her style in her mid 20s. Vintage was not a trend then.

“When I get in a vintage gown I’m transported,” she said. “My fans are transported back to then and see a window into the past where things were beautiful and romantic.”

Her style of songs and performance are now an underground movement, growing in popularity, not only with millennials, but with boomers as well.

She never identified herself with “country” per se, but she loves Patsy Cline, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston‘s music. When in high school she’d order CDs from a catalog, mostly gospel and soul.

“It’s the diva in myself,” she laughed. “I’ve always sung with attitude and honed my craft.”

When she was 8 she “tried” professional singing lessons.

“They wanted me to sing opera!” she said. “Of course I wasn’t into it.”

She also writes and won a competition in the gospel division in an international competition. She writes about heartbreak, bad men and lost souls, among lighter lyrics.

“I’ve always been treated so well,” she said. “But through life I sit back and observe everything. People in stores, at the movies, then I write about it.”

She’s just released an EP with songs “Work Boy,” and “Suffer” she co-wrote. They speak to a lot of people in the strained dynamic of life. They have a ’50s, ’60s, vibe… think Etta James.

They are mixing and mastering an EP on a 45 with A and B sides and are shopping final companies

Lydia’s second big goal for 2017 is a full-length album.

 

 

Mack Samples Band

The Samples Brothers Band has been around since the early 1970’s and are well known around the West Virginia festival circuit. The band has been featured at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville, and the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee for many years.

They have also played many other venues including the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, the Mariposa Festival in Canada, The Bob Evans Farm Festival in Ohio, and The Heritage Festival in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.

They have also done concerts at colleges including The University of South Carolina, Shepherd College, and Glenville State College.

The band has done six recordings over the years and currently has four CDs on the market. The CDs have sold well into the thousands.

The all-acoustic band consists of brothers Mack, Ted, and Roger Samples, Buddy Griffin on fiddle, and John Preston on bass. Mack’s son, Grayson, sometimes joins the group at festival venues. The music is a blend of old time and bluegrass with an occasional classic from the country music and pop scene.

Many of the songs that the Samples Brothers perform come from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Perhaps the best way to describe their music is old time, hard driving string music with lots of vocal.