Sam Riggs in San Angelo

2581 Sunset Dr.
San Angelo, TX 76904
Date: Friday February 23, 2018 10:00 PM Doors: 8:00 PM
 

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Sam Riggs performs in San Angelo at Midnight Rodeo on Feb. 23, 2018.
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Not long after high school ended, Riggs left the state in his pursuit of the music. He had two obvious options: Nashville or Austin. Texas won out - his aunt was moving there, and Riggs thought that made the Lone Star State practical.

"If things went wrong in Nashville, I didn't really have any couches nearby," he says.

Riggs had already been writing songs informally in Florida, but he got serious about it in his new life. He picked up a welding job to fund himself and enrolled at Austin Community College, where he took a songwriting course taught by Robert Skiles. Riggs became obsessive about the subject - so much so that, once again, a teacher asked him to quit.

"I stopped going to all my other classes," Riggs says. "At the end of class one day, he said, ‘Riggs, see me after.' I went down and he said, ‘I need you to drop out. You're not going to college, you're just coming to my class.'"

But Skiles' dismissal wasn't entirely negative. He told Riggs point-blank, "You're supposed to be out there doing it."

School wasn't the only thing that came to a close. Riggs lost his primary welding gig, too, but he became the ultimate freelancer, picking up odd jobs with his own gear as a welder and playing clubs with his band, which he eventually branded the Night People, a name derived from a line in "Rabbit," a song by another of Riggs' mentors, Americana icon Ray Wylie Hubbard. When the economy crashed in the late-2000s, the work dried up, and Riggs took what he calls "the ultimate gamble." He sold his welding equipment and his truck and invested the money to make his second EP, 2012's Lighthouse.

It was the equivalent of turning the engine off by choice, just to see if he could land the plane under his own guidance. In Sam Riggs style, the risk paid off. People discovered the music, his ticket sales spiked, and he found himself a working musician with his own band and a distinctive sound.

To date, he's racked up more than 2.2 million streams on Spotify and over 600,000 views on YouTube. A number of his singles hit the upper levels of the Texas charts, including the ultra-country "Hold On A Let Go," the thumping concert re-creation "High On A Country Song" and his vulnerable "Second Hand Smoke." To top it off, Riggs picked up the Texas Regional Radio Award in 2016 for Top New Male Vocalist.

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This show is 18 & Over
Date:
Friday Feb 23, 2018
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8:00 PM
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