Detroit, Michigan. Rock City. It’s a perennial hotbed for the coolest new offerings in gritty, loud music. Falling in step with thisnotorious reputation, Detroit is home to guitarist and Candyrat recording artist, Sammy Boller. Sammy’s debut instrumentalalbum, Kingdom Of The Sun, will drop in March, 2020. It was recorded & produced by Steve Lehane (Rustbelt Studios) andmixed by David Bendeth. The impassioned 11-song release features the tracks: “Cloak of Light”, “Awakening From theDaydream” and the epic lead single, “Kingdom of the Sun” (Jan. 17, 2020).
A former music student at the University of Michigan, Sammy catapulted onto the national radar in 2012, when Joe Satrianiselected him as a winner in Guitar Center’s “Master Satriani” competition. Now, an internationally-acclaimed player, Bollerhas amassed a large and loyal online following, and he earns his living as a full-time musician. Prior to embarking on hissolo career, Sammy played guitar for the band, Citizen Zero (Wind-Up Records/Concord Music Group). Their State Of Mind LPnotched multiple radio singles, including the debut release “Go (Let Me Save You)”, which cracked the Top 15 on Billboard’sMainstream Rock Chart. Sammy’s exceptional playing and his sophisticated songwriting shined throughout Citizen Zero’simpressive 11-song offering.
Outside of his own live touring schedule, Sammy also spends time on the road riding shotgun with world-renownedamplifier wizard Dave Friedman (Friedman Amplification). Friedman tapped Boller, a loyal BE-100 devotee, to be one of theyoung guns representing and promoting his esteemed line of amplifiers, pedals and guitars. The two regularly embark onruns through the States and Europe to sponsor clinics and gear demonstrations. In addition to his support role withFriedman, Boller is also a contributing columnist for Guitar World Magazine. His online column (“Secrets of Shred WithSammy Boller”) has a loyal monthly following, regularly racking up view counts in the tens of thousands.
When asked to describe his influences and approach, Sammy says, “My guitar playing has always been about plugging intoan amp and blowing the walls down. I grew up wanting to be Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, but over time I’ve found myown dark and aggressive style. These days, my dream as a musician is to make people feel as connected to the cosmos as I feel when I play the guitar. I’d love nothing more than that.