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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Texas Country Singer, Sammy Sadler

Thank you so much for chatting with us! You recently released your new single, "In America," that you also co-wrote. Tell us about the writing process and where the idea came from. 

Unfortunately I didn’t write this song. Tom Paden, a dear friend of mine and Dwayna Litz wrote this great song. Tom Played me this song many years ago and when I first heard the song, I knew it was a special and timeless song. I’m so glad that they trusted me to record it and I’m so glad that it is at country radio now. How was it filming the video for "In America?" It was great being able to go back to my home towns of Leonard and Bonham,Texas to film this video and see so many of my friends and my old school. It brings back a lot of good memories for me growing up in small town USA.

Where did you grow up and how has that influenced your style of music? I was born in Memphis,TN but I was raised in Leonard,TX until I was 18 yrs old then I moved straight to Nashville to pursue a recording career. Growing up in a small town and that way of life was so good, and it gave me my Country roots.

Was there ever music playing in the kitchen growing up? Yes, my mom loved music.

What is an example of a menu you would prepare if I came over and your favorite dish to cook? Steak, bbaked potato, salad, sliced tomatoes, and onion. Favorite music to listen to while you cook? "I’m a Country Boy" What is one food that most people seem to like, but you cannot stand to eat? Asparagus Best food that deep fried? Catfish Home cooking or going out for dinner? Home cooking for sure! Where is your favorite place to eat in your hometown? Roma’s Most memorable meal while touring. Where were you and what did it involve? West Palm Beach, FL right on the water the freshest seafood you can get…. Lobster, Shrimp, Oysters. Do you have a food bucket list? Yes, but I don’t think I’ll make them all….I watch Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. If you could share a meal with any four individuals, living or dead, who would they be? My Mom, Elvis, Jesus, and the President What's your favorite fast food chain? McDonald’s

Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Coca-Cola they have been in business since May 8th of 1886 and I grew up drinking Coke.


Yes, I love to can Tomato Juice in the summer when they are really ripe. I boil my tomato juice, put in jars, put a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of sugar, and then cut in ½ and put 2-3 Habanero peppers in the jar and it is amazing...

Summertime is here....There is nothing like homegrown fresh tomatoes. This is my first batch of tomato juice for the summer.

In 1989, a critically-acclaimed newcomer to the country music fold, Sammy Sadler, had

already charted several successful singles and was ready to release his first album on

Evergreen Records when he was caught up in the assassination of then Cash Box

chart-manager, Kevin Hughes, and a payola scandal that would bring down the

magazine and rock the music industry.

Despite suffering a near-fatal gunshot wound that would require multiple surgeries to

repair, Sadler remained under suspicion until the murder was solved 13 long years

later–by then, his career was dead, as well.

In March 9, 2004, Sadler attempted to reboot his career, releasing Hard on the Heart

on the Tri label. The title track placed in the top-10 on the Texas Music Chart and went

No. 1 in Europe for seven weeks, but produced lackluster results in the states. In 2009,

Sadler released another album, Heart Shaped Like Texas on Audium Records, which

transitioned to Koch Records and eventually sold to E1 Music. Despite rave reviews for

singles “I’ll Always Have Denver,” and “No Place to Land,” E1 Music ultimately closed

and Sadler’s recording career ended.

Since that time, Sammy continued to play to fans with two successful tours–one with

Doug Stone in 2012, and the other lasting from 2015-2016 with Ken Mellons and Jeff

Carson called the “Taking the Country Back Tour.”

Record promoter Chuck Dixon, who was suspected of ordering the hit against Hughes,

was reported to have died mysteriously in 2013, and triggerman Richard D’Antonio

would die in prison in 2014. The passing of both provided a newly found confidence to

Sadler, who had spent years looking over his shoulder as a result of PTSD.

In 2020, it was announced that Sadler signed a record deal with Turnberry Records, on

an upcoming project coming soon!


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