Sam McDonald: Up and Coming

by: Davis Yancy Clegg


Sam McDonald Guitar and Vocals


In the palm tree laden land of Amelia Island, there resides an exception pool of talented artists, entrepreneurs and musicians. With a tourist season that lasts longer than most destination spots, there’s great demand for talent to perform at the local venues promising live entertainment, nightly. Sam has a way of approaching every cover song he learns with the notion of the best possible meanings behind the lyrics. Crafting his vocals to match the original artists’’ original delivery intentions. This is no easy task when one of your influences is the ever-mysterious lyricist, Dave Matthews. Just beginning start in the local music scene a few short years ago, Samuel McDonald as already become a favorite among the regular crowd stationed nightly at one of the top-notch watering holes. Most of the purveyors of fine spirits make business well in view, as the historic district of downtown Fernandina Beach holds the majority of night-life locations around.

Sam McDonaldYou can see that McDonald is very much enjoying himself in his chosen path. If you happen to ever catch him not wearing that big smile on his face, take a picture and hold on to it. It could be one of a kind! Music has no qualms about how deeply it affects those who latch on to pursuing the rewards it offers the chosen few. Speaking from personal experience in this area, music has a certain grasp on those of us lucky enough to find a bit of music in ourselves. Once you know it exists within you, the only thing to do is to realize your potential, or wonder what might’ve been if you’d jumped. There is no end game. There’s only the pursuit.

Like many professional solo artists, Sam chooses his weapon of choice wisely. The guitar lends itself to the performers physical urges. When music brings about emotion with the artist, the body wants to get involved as well. Try movin’ and groovin’ while attempting a complex classical piano piece. “It’s a magical thing, the guitar. It allows you to be the whole band in one, to play rhythm and melody, sing over the top. And as an instrument for solos, you can bend notes, draw emotional content out of tiny movements, vibratos and tonal things which even a piano can’t do.” Those are words spoken by David Gilmour. Without a doubt in sight, rest assured you will not find words more factual in an Encyclopedia Britannica collection. Sam embodies the message Gilmour was conveying in his words. Excellently executing the most challenging of cover songs, both vocally and instrumentally, Sam is one of few that knows how to harness the full range of his musical talent, and can tackle certain songs from artists like Collin Hay (Men at Work) and Dave Matthews Band that many performers don’t dare attempt. Be sure to call our offices and book your next cruise for the BYOB twilight tour soon. Ask when you might be able to book a seat on a cruise to see the incomparable Sam McDonald doing his thing he does so well!


Great Music; lot’s of fun; your beverage and the greatest sunset…  it does’t get much better than that.


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