Inspired by busking
From the pavements of Queen St to the Olympic stage, singer-songwriter Sam RB has come a long way.
It has been a year since her song Stand Tall was selected as New Zealand’s 2012 Olympic Song.
The quirky busker is returning to her roots with the release of her second album inspired by her time spent busking on Queen St.
Queen St Acoustics combines material produced over two years of busking on the street.
‘‘It celebrates the day-byday, dollar-by-dollar, song-bysong progress forged on one of New Zealand’s busiest and most cosmopolitan streets,’’ she says.
‘‘It recognises the people of Queen St who have made this album possible.’’
Busking has been a validating song-writing process, she says.
‘‘I’ve been very fortunate to find a place where my music is accepted.
‘‘As a result I’ve had more experience and interaction with live audiences than I could have had anywhere else.’’
Split Enz founder Mike Chunn has co-written two tracks on the album.
A tribute to New Zealand artist Don Binney also features.
The album was released on March 23 and Sam can be found performing it on Queen St most evenings.
It can be downloaded from iTunes or Amplifier.