This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with country artist Sam Riddle, performing at The Space LV September 3, with tailgate at 6:30 and the show at 8 p.m. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Sam talks about growing up around music (including Broadway); choosing to become a country artist and finding his voice; how his earliest memories are of playing the piano; why his first years in Las Vegas playing the piano were important years; how he uses all of the influences in his life for his music; why the only thing his dad is mad at him about is not what you think; and why he believes that if you’re real, the commercial success will come.
Nashville recording artist Sam Riddle had a childhood more glamorous than most. At an early age his parents moved to New York City. It was there that he was first introduced to the art of performing. With relatives involved in show business, young Riddle was immersed in the Broadway culture. Growing up around the Broadway community taught Sam the greatness that can be produced when talent is married with work ethic. It is there that he learned that a real “star” is one that is not only talented but that worked hard to get where they are.
He has many musical influences ranging from legends like Ricky Skaggs to groups like Boyz II Men. One of his influences is his father’s band, Mission Mountain Wood Band. Sam’s father, Steve Riddle, played bass in the bluegrass/country rock band. When Sam first saw them perform when he was about 10 years old, it blew his mind. He was impressed by the effect they had on their audience. Today, Sam’s favorite aspect of performing is the way he feels he is able to connect with the crowd and give them an experience they will never forget.