Sam has spent the last 8 years in Seattle, WA hard at work on The Blue Moon Bible, a "soap rock opera" adaptation of the Greek epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, with certain other elements stolen from various romance novels, Homer’s other poem The Iliad, a 1962 World Altas, James Joyce’s Ulysses and the 1954 movie version Ulysses with Kirk Douglas. Sam and his collective of musicians known as The Harborrats utilize various styles of rock n' roll, soul and folk music to update the story of a soldier traveling back home from war by placing it in a modern context of a guy bungling through various romantic entanglements. Taking place mostly in bars and restaurants, The Blue Moon Bible has Sam encountering his version of Ulysses’ famous obstacles of the Cyclops, Circe the witch-goddess, the Sirens, the nymph goddess Calypso and Scylla and Charybdis.
Six of eight albums have been released of The Blue Moon Bible, starting with 2006’s The Katie Sermon through 2012’s The Year of the Cow. The story is told by having 8 songs on each album that flashback to previous events during current ones in order to connect the albums together. The Blue Moon Bible is the product of the Harborrat collective, a circle of musicians led by Sam who share the aesthetic of tapping into the roots of rock n’ roll music in order to carry it forward into places yet unexplored. Eight other singers from this informal collective, including Seattle-based singer/songwriters Shelby Earl, James Apollo, Nathan Wade, Scott Andrew and Kate Noson, are used to represent the shifting identity of the goddess Athena, who in The Odyssey guides our hero back home by disguising herself as strangers and those closest to our hero. To find out more about the correlation between The Blue Moon Bible and The Odyssey visit Sam's Handy Guide to Selections from The Blue Moon Bible.
Sam's live shows with the full band are take-no-prisoners, everyone-left-on-the-floor-exhausted extravaganzas and have had Sam compared to The White Stripes,, James Brown, Wilco, and David Blaine while his intimate, stripped-down solo shows have wrought comparisons to Neil Young, Ryan Adams, John Prine and Ghostface Killah. Musically, Sam and the Harborrats use 50’s and 60’s rockabilly & doo-wop music as the center of their influences and sound, incorporating also elements of the blues and gospel as well as more "modern" styles such as punk and synth=pop .All the albums have recieved local airplay in Seattle from 107.7 The End and 90.3 KEXP with 2006's The Katie Sermon and 2012's The Water Balloon added to heavy rotation on KEXP, which led to an in-studio performance by the band.
Sam and The Harborrats recently released Selections From The Blue Moon Bible, which compiles 13 tracks from the first six albums of the project to relate the story thus far before releasing the final two volumes of the project next summer. A Christmas single, "Tire Swing For Xmas" recorded with The James Apollo Orchestra will also be released and included as a bonus track on some editions of Selections From The Blue Moon Bible. Through the coming winter and spring, Sam and the Harborrats will be recorded the final two volumes of The Blue Moon Bible in tandem for a projected release of fall 2014, with several preview singles to be released beforehand.