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Les Sampou (pronounced “Less Sampoo”) – Boston Based songwriterGenre: Americana/Folk/Blues
Les Sampou has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival (where she won the New Folk Songwriting Award), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Winnipeg, and Falcon Ridge to name a few. Sampou has conducted workshops at Berklee School of Music and appeared on the top syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR. Sampou has released six albums, four on her own label and two on Rounder Records, Her second album, "Fall from Grace", topped the Gavin Americana Charts nationwide. Her most recent release “Lonesomeville” (2010) charted number 2 on the US/European Americana F.A.R. Charts and led to her performance at the 2011 SXSW Conference in Austin, TX.

Notable Venues:
Cape Cod Melody Tent - MA
The Music Circus - Cohasset, MA
SXSW - Austin, TX
Tin Angel - Philadelphia, Pa.
World Cafe - Philadelphia, Pa.
Bottom Line - New York City, N.Y.
Bluebird Café - Nashville
Sanders Theatre - Boston, Ma.
Club Passim - Cambridge, Ma.
The Hatch Shell, Boston, MA
Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, Ga.
Freight & Salvage - Berkley, CA
The Globe Theater - MD
Masters Musicians Festival - KY
Old Town School of Music - Chicago
The Turning Point - NY
The Ark - MI
Café Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
Avalon Theatre - MD
Patriot Place/Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA

Les Sampou at Sturbridge Bluegrass Festival Sept. 2013


"Back on the roots scene after a motherhood break, Sampou never wavers from a steady tone of genuineness as she sings sharply observant songs that she writes about disarray and failed communication in relationships. She has the ability to dramatize the sense of hurt at the heart of the characters without floundering in self-pity or weak sentiment."Frank John Hadley,  DOWNBEAT

“'Lonesomeville' evokes a Tom Waits-like world…." Sing Out Magazine

"Powerfully expressive, Les Sampou has been tested in the trenches of life and survived brilliantly. Her new album, "Lonesomeville,'' is a personal Top Ten favorite of the year. She invests many songs with the emotional honesty of Lucinda Williams, probing love in all of its complexity while belting the heck out of the music. She has a passionate, rockabilly-blues edge that lifts your spirits high, followed by ballads that dig into your soul like few artists can." STEVE MORSE Boston Globe Correspondent & Contributor to Billboard and Rolling Stone

notable talent with Les Sampou as support act:
Aretha Franklin
Johnny Lang
Darius Rucker (Hootie)
Lee Ann Rimes
Pat Benetar
Richard Thompson
Ani DeFranco
Shawn Colvin
Robert Cray
Marty Stuart
James Cotton


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