Where You Can Catch
Mack in Action
-- 2012 Vandalia Gathering - Saturday night, May 26 program
-- West Virginia State Folk Festival (June 21-23) Samples Brothers on Saturday Night Show (23rd)
-- Cedar Lakes Arts & Craft Fair July 7 (morning and afternoon show)
Also Mack will be calling square dances as follows:
-- Vandalia Gathering May 26 & 27
-- West Virginia State Folk Festival - June 21, 22, and 23 (evenings)
-- Community Square Dance at Sutton WV - June 29 7:00 p.m. City Hall Recreation Room
A Mountain State Tradition
for More Than 30 Years
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s the kind of music not heard on contemporary radio.
Some of the tunes on the CDs feature Mack, Ted, and Roger doing
some nice harmonic work on three guitars. To read more about the Samples Brothers Band CDs, click here.
Mack is an avid old time square dance caller and always calls
the squares at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston and the West
Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville.
He has also called for many years at the Appalachian String
Band Festival at Camp Carver in Fayette County WV. Mack is also
a flatfoot dancer (not a clogger) and is often called upon to
demonstrate the old time “West Virginia Backstep.”
FREE AUDIO: Sample the Samples!
We have several brief audio sampes (in .mp3 format) that you
can listen to here online. For best results, access the pages
with a broadband computer connection; a dialup connection might
be cause delays in the playback. Click a link below to listen
to a 30-second sound bite: