Ten Years ago Sam Pacetti released “Solitary Travel.” He won “Best New Artist” at Falcon Ridge. He was 22. Unfortunately, over the past decade he’s been hanging more drywall than playing music. The other day while working on future playlists, I put on “Union,” the new one with partner Gabriel Valla. Whoa. One song after another, I could not concentrate on my computer screen.
Sam’s delivery is passionate, confident, and as attention grabbing as Mark O’Connor’s playing. His own compositions are full of metaphor and imagery, and the songs chosen by other writers seem made for him.
The guitar leads provided by Gabriel Valla embellish Sam’s delivery. Gabe won the Merlfest flatpicking prize – also about 10 years ago. He played some with the late Larry Rice, but otherwise he seems to have been in hiding too.
This CD simply will not let them disappear any longer.