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Sam Evian


Sam Evian, (born Sam Griffin Owens) is a New York-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Premium, Sam’s debut on Saddle Creek records, won audience and critical notice for songs that included the first single and video “Sleep Easy” (https://youtu.be/tqjVCNMTd_k). Premium’s release saw Sam Evian (Brian Betancourt on bass, Austin Vaughn on drums, and Adam Brisbin or Buck Meek on guitar – often joined by Hannah Cohen for additional vocals) touring throughout the year with Whitney, Big Thief, Nick Hakim, The Districts, Allah-Las, Teenage Fanclub, Lucius, Rubblebucket and Luna, as well as headlining from coast to coast.

Sam Evian released “Need You” and “I Remember” in October 2017. The single was a collaboration with Chris Cohen, whose solo and band records with Deerhoof and The Curtains were early inspirations for Sam, and its release anticipates a new full-length LP Sam recorded with his band in 2018.

When not on the road, Sam is often found producing and engineering at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 studio, where he collaborates with artists such as Cass McCombs, Blonde Redhead, Deerhoof, Sam Amidon, Shahzad Ismaily, and many others.


Videos & Press
  • Get Lost in Sam Evian’s 70s-Tinged Psychedelic Soft-Rock

    [Noisey] The songwriter premieres “I Remember,” which reminds us a little bit of Jackson Browne and a little bit of George Harrison. By Josh Terry Sam Owens’s calling card as a songwriter has always been his relentless versatility. As frontman of the now-on-hiatus trio Celestial Shore, the Brooklyn-based artist and studio engineer persistently twisted pop […]

  • Stereogum Review: Sam Evian’s ‘Need You’

    [Stereogum] By Peter Helman Celestial Shore frontman Sam Owens put out an excellent solo album last year under the name Sam Evian. He’s still working on a full-length follow-up, but in the meantime, he’s giving us Need You, a three-track collaboration with Deerhoof/Ariel Pink/Cass McCombs associate Chris Cohen. Recorded over five days in Cohen’s Los […]



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