Sammy Duke helps you hang on to a world turning at the Speed Of Life with his new folk-rock single — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The title cut from his album of the same name, Speed Of Life uses imagery from a real-life motorcycle ride as the Waterloo troubadour sings of chasing the horizon on a long, winding journey rife with highs and lows. He leaves the concrete jungle of the city behind, along with the billboards and neon signs, and all the information overload that leads only to complication. Duke’s voice is husky with experience, but the guitar is jangly and the beats head-bopping and upbeat, and so we begin to have faith that this journey just might lead us to somewhere OK.
“For many of us, it can be a frightening experience to step into an unknown future — and it’s important to recognize that these feelings are entirely normal,” he says. “It’s our choice whether we use each new experience to spread love and empathy, or to remain stagnant and choose a path of selfishness. Many of the songs on this album reflect an eagerness for new beginnings, and stepping forward from the darker parts of lives.”
Duke is an unmistakable presence the moment he starts performing onstage. This literal one-man band uses each limb to perform on a variety of instruments, including guitar, foot synths, foot percussion, and even his elbow in the case of his famed elbow chimes. Through his infectious live energy, Duke enchants audiences with spontaneous spurts of crowd participation, self-deprecating wit, and thought-provoking lyrics within his folksy-fusion music that blends elements of world-beat, rock and soul.