Sam Martin & the Haggard
Samantha Martin and the Haggard are among the rising stars of Toronto's roots-rock scene. Ms. Martin's vocals bring to mind the stylings of Mavis Staples, Bessie Smith and Bobbie Gentry as well, she has been compared to Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and as possessing a vibe similar to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
Amongst her fans are numerous musicians, "You might not know it yet, but Samantha Martin is a rock star, she'll tear your heart out one note at a time" says Serena Ryder.
The band released their self titled debut album in spring of 2012 followed by extensive touring, festival performances and great reviews. The sound, pinned by Samantha's remarkable vocals has elements of gospel blues, soul and rockabilly.