Lay was persuaded to join with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and recorded and toured extensively with this important blues group. Bob Dylan (with Sam Lay as his drummer) was the first performer to introduce electric-rock at the Newport Folk Festival. Lay also recorded with Dylan - most notably on the Highway 61 album. Mr. Lay's unique style of drumming can be heard on over 40 recordings for the famed Chess Records label with the most prominent names in the world of blues.
He has recently toured the major Blues festivals around the US and Europe with the Chess Records All-Stars. In the late 1980's Sam Lay was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis. He was recently inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, and the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He was nominated eight times for the coveted W. C.
Handy Award for "Best Instrumentalist" including a recent 2005 nomination. Mr. Lay has two very recent recordings with his own band on Appaloosa Records, Evidence Records, and a recording on Alligator Records with the Siegel-Schwall Band and was nominated in 2000 for a Grammy Award for his performances on the "Howlin' Wolf Tribute" CD and was honored by the Recording Academy January 2002 for the " Legends and Hero's Award" for his significant musical contributions. Mr. Lay was prominently featured on a PBS-TV broadcast of 7 episodes on the "History of the Blues" produced by Academy Award winning director, Martin Scorsese. You can also see ‘Sam Lay Blues Band’ (same artist) on Last.fm here: http://www.last.fm/music/Sam+Lay+Blues+Band You can also see ‘The Sam Lay Blues Band’ (same artist) on Last.fm here: http://www.last.fm/music/The+Sam+Lay+Blues+Band Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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