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Sounds of the Mountain State

The Samples Brothers Band features brothers Mack (guitar & vocal), Roger (guitar & vocal), and Ted Samples (banjo & guitar).  In addition, nationally known fiddler Buddy Griffin is featured on all the CDs.  Buddy also ads the bass line.  The CDs include a wide range of music.

30-second samples of some of the tracks are offered here online in .mp3 form. Click a link below to hear one of them.


LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW is a mixed bag of new and old tunes, released in 2009.

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1. Goodbye Liza Jane

2. Wabash Cannonball

3. Cripple Creek (Old & New)

4. Little Birdie

5. Nobody's Darlin'

6. Rabbit in a Log

7. Let The Four Winds Blow

8. Little Georgia Rose

9. Annual Waltz

10. Fireball Mail

11. Back in the Saddle

12. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

13. All My Lovin'

14. Big Ball in Boston

15. Long Liza Jane

16. Boatmen
17. Boatmen with Square Dance



SLIGHTLY NORTH OF DIXIE consists of mostly old hard-driving fiddle tunes.

1. Old Time Cotton Eyed Joe

2. Handsome Molly

3. Mack's Song

4. Willie Come Back

5. Pig In The Pen

6. Ladies Sail Away

7. Sawing On The Strings

8. Going Back To Dixie

9. That's What You Get For Loving Me

10. Ruby Are You Mad At Your Man

11. Deep River Blues

12. Shake Me, Don't Break Me

13. My Gal's A Highborn Lady

14. Carve That Possum

15. Tears On My Pillow


ACOUSTIC REFLECTIONS features a more mellow sound on many songs with Rog, Ted, and Mack playing guitars.

1. Are You from Dixie?

2. Freight Train

3. Greenland Whale Fishery

4. Constant Sorrow

5. Norwegian Wood

6. Black Mountain Rag

7. Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy

8. What Would You Do

9. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again

10. Ashes of Love

11. Last Thing on My Mind

12. Down the Road

13. Sweet Sunny South

14. More Pretty Girls

15. Angel Band

16. Jersusalem Ridge

BEST OF THE SAMPLES BROTHERS pulls many songs that were on the original Samples Brothers cassette tapes back in the late 80’s.  It features some of the more traditional tunes as well as some songs from the modern era.

1. Elk River Ragtime


2. My Old Virginia Home

3. Mr. Bo Jangles

4. Barbara Allen

5. Uncle Pen

6. Leaving Home

7. Liza Jane

8. Troubadour Song

9. Sweet Baby James

10. Darcey Farrow

11. All Smiles Tonight

12. My Clinch Mountain Home

13. Banks of the Ohio

14. Westphalia Waltz

15. Back Up and Push

16. Old Time Pickin' Session

17. Souvenirs

18. Greensleeves

19. Misty

20. Handsome Molly

21. Pig in the Pen

22. Ladies Sail Away

23. Ruby, Are You Mad At Your Man?

24. Deep River Blues

25. Shake Me, Don't Break Me

26. Tears on My Pillow

Most Samples Brothers CDs are sold when the band performs. They also are available at Tamarack, and Showcase West Virginia in Charleston. They can be obtained directly from Mack.