Sam Roberts & Tragically Hip Hit The Road Together

Sam Roberts, one of Canada’s platinum-selling new rockers, will get a second chance at a U.S. career. A repackaged version of his album We Were Born In A Flame was released on Lost Highway this week.

Roberts, a household name in Canada, swept 2003’s Juno Awards, picking up Artist of the Year, among other accolades, and performed alongside the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and the Guess Who at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto SARS benefit last summer.

“It’s hard enough to get a crack at this,” Roberts says. “Not a lot of people get a second chance . . . [and] we’ll do what we do best — turn people on the only way we know how.”

While Roberts, who plays unpretentious, scrappy rock and roll, is the one in the spotlight, he does front a four-piece band. “I’m not a singer-songwriter/crooner in any way,” he says. “I play in a rock and roll band. And like anyone else whose name just happens to be on the marquee, like David Bowie or Neil Young, there’s a band out there that makes the rock and roll happen.” The Montreal-based group comprises Dave Nugent on lead guitar, James Hall on bass, Eric Fares on guitars/keyboards and drummer Corey Zadorozny.

This is not the first time Roberts has sought U.S. distribution. Last summer, Universal picked up We Were Born In A Flame but the album failed to break on the radio. Roberts says the Lost Highway deal allows the band to do what it loves — perform live. “They’re a record label that has managed to support their artists in a way we want to be supported . . . just letting us go out and play shows.”

The newly released version of We Were Born in A Flame features two bonus tracks, “When Everything Was Alright” and “This Is How I Live,” taken from 2002’s The Inhuman Condition EP. The lead single will be the rocking “Don’t Walk Away Eileen” which the band will perform Thursday on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Roberts will hit the road in mid-September with veteran Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip.

“We’ve been given an opportunity to go out and play as a band and get people into it,” he says.

Sam Roberts tour dates:

9/6: Seattle, Bumbershoot

9/7: Portland, OR, Berbati’s Pan

9/8: San Francisco, Bottom of the Hill

9/10: Silver Lake, CA, Spacelake of Dreams

Dates with The Tragically Hip

9/18: Detroit, Fox Theater

9/19: Cleveland, Odeon

9/21: Boston, Avalon

9/22: New York, Webster Hall

9/23: Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theater

9/25: Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

9/26: Philadelphia, Trocadero

9/28: Atlanta, Variety Playhouse

9/29: New Orleans, Howlin’ Wolf

10/1: Dallas, Gypsy Tea Room Ballroom

10/2: Austin, La Zona Rosa

10/4: Tempe, Marquee Theater

10/5: San Diego, 4th and B

10/6: Los Angeles, Avalon

10/7: San Francisco, Fillmore

10/9: Portland, Aladdin Theater

10/10: Seattle, Showbox

10/11: Spokane,WA, Big Easy

10/13: Denver, Gothic Theater

10/15: Minneapolis, Quest

10/16: Chicago, Riviera Theater

10/17: Pittsburgh, Rock Club

10/19: Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theater

10/20: Burlington, VT, Memorial Auditorium

10/21: Clifton Park, NY, Northern Lights

10/25: Baltimore, Recher Theater

10/26: Myrtle Beach, SC, House Of Blues

10/27: Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel

10/29: Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theater

10/30: Grand Rapids, MI, Orbit Room


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