From Davis to West Africa to New Orleans, Sam Dickey’s life has shaped his music. On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Davis-bred guitarist will bring his trio to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St. in Winters) for a rare hometown show of music that blends jazz, West African music, rock and New Orleans R&B.
In addition to Dickey, the Sam Dickey Trio is Eamonn Flynn on Hammond B-3 organ and Brandon Etzler on drums. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20.
Dickey grew up in both Northern California and West Africa, and first began playing guitar when he was 10. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then returned to West Africa to live and study for a year under the mentorship of world-renowned kora player Toumani Diabate.
Now living in New Orleans, Dickey has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians including Amadou & Mariam, Tank and the Bangas, Fatoumata Diawara, Dayna Stephens, Quiana Lynell, Weedie Braimah and Toubab Krewe.
Through his life experience and musical path, Dickey has developed a personal style that combines the harmonic sophistication of jazz with the rhythmic and melodic sensibilities of West African music.
Flynn was born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland. His soulful mastery on piano, keys, and organ landed him on the 12 million-selling movie soundtrack for “The Commitments.”
Now living in San Francisco, California he has recorded and toured worldwide with artists including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Coco Montoya, Elvin Bishop, Michelle Shocked, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr., Michelle Shocked, Pee Wee Ellis, Donald Harrison, Maria Muldaur, Finbar Furey, Honey Island Swamp Band, Tony Lindsay (Santana), The Black Family, Under and a 10 year stint with Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste.