Green Mountain Flyer
The heart and soul of Sam Creigh is fighting for our freedom: politically, agriculturally and musically. A resident of Springfield, Vermont for the past 14 years, Sam is an active voice in the struggle to repeal the prohibition on the hemp plant. His activism is not limited to musical expression; in 1996, he ran for a State Senate seat in the Republican Primary Election as an advocate for the legalization of industrial hemp farming in Vermont. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Windsor County Farm Bureau and is a former President of that organization, promoting industrial hemp farming as a necessity to save the family farm. Sam's musical roots date back to the 1970s in Tucson, Arizona, playing guitar and bass in several local country/rock and western swing bands. In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Shire Brothers, an acoustic guitar and vocal trio. On the side, he worked an as audio engineer on Hollywood Boulevard in his own eight track demo studio, and eventually merged that business with a video company. Upon a blissful marriage in 1983, Sam relocated to the East Coast and, eventually, the rural splendor of Vermont, where he currently resides. He resumed his musical career as a solo acoustic guitarist in the early 90s and is currently a fixture on the Central and Southern Vermont ski circuit. In the mid 90s, Sam became aware of the history of hemp prohibition, after reading Jack Herer's The Emperor Wears No Clothes. He was thoroughly outraged at the special interest control of the American government, and became a political and social activist, dedicating his life to the fight for truth and ultimate freedom. His political and musical voices united and a protest song soon emerged, promoting the repeal of the prohibition on the hemp plant. 'The Hemp Song' became a staple of his live performances and is a favorite among the locals, along with a number of original tunes and covers of classic acoustic songs. Sam's album 'Green Mountain Flyer' began with a stop at the Brockway's Mills Gorge railroad crossing. Sam was doing some sight seeing with his brother-in-law Tom Poley. As the train passed, Sam told the story of the Green Mountain Flyer. Hours later, Tom had written the music on his banjo for the first song on Sam's album, aptly titled 'Green Mountain Flyer.' 'Old Country Road' followed shortly thereafter. When it became evident that an album was brewing, Sam wrote ten more songs to complete the album, one with his old pal Tom Binnion. The songs were tested on audiences at Sam's local gigs and he decided on a final batch to record. The album was recorded on an ADAT system at Bryce Chicoine's BCM Studios in Claremont, New Hampshire. This format allowed Sam to send a tape to his friend Tom Kusian in Tucson, Arizona, where the banjo track and several guitar tracks were added at Tom's home studio. The two Toms were not the only musicians to join Sam on the album; his friend Pete Everts flew out from Battle Lake, Minnesota to play harmonica on three songs. Linda Allen and Mick Leonard drove up from Stamford, Connecticut to sing backgrounds and play guitar and mandolin. The audio engineer, Bryce Chicoine, laid the percussion tracks down at his studio. The album was mixed at Bryce's studio as well. Album graphic design was handled by Dan O'Donnell and the album's cover was drawn by Heath Gordon. Paul Larochelle took the photo that appears in the booklet. The album was released at the end of February, 2002.