709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Good Rocking Sam: 9/24/21

September 24, 2021  ·  Friday * 7:30pm * NO Cover

Good Rocking Sam has been writing and performing blues and rhythm and blues music for the better part of 20 years and has self-produced 3 CD’s. Our members are from all over the country but each of us found our way to the Triangle area of NC many years ago and we are proud to call this home.

NOTE:  We do not take reservations, all seating is first come first served. We recommend arriving 1 hour before show time with your party to avoid a wait. Due to staffing issues waits and food times may be longer than usual.

Thank you for your patience.



Good Rocking Sam is an amalgam of styles; a synthesis of old school and contemporary – Deep blues with modern roots! We studied the blues greats at Chicago’s Chess Records, and got soulful with Memphis’ Stax Records. We dined on New Orleans gumbo and enjoyed some Texas swing too. Lately we’re employing a little Motown and even some jazzier sounds. Put it together and you have Good Rocking Sam!

Good Rocking Sam was the brainchild of Mike Conway, who hails from Detroit Michigan. Mike is our ever encouraging band leader. He also serves as chief songwriter, and as lead guitarist he can play with the subtlety of one King and the ferocity of another King. David Sword grew up in the mountains of Virginia. He is a quintessential blues shouter from days of old, and he also serves as the band’s drummer laying down that old school beat. From Kansas City, David Mozier also migrated to the east coast before settling in the Triangle. He plays Hammond organ in the style of Booker T and considers Spooner Oldham a musical influence on keys. He is also a song-writer and singer. Joel Sugarman on bass is a well travelled veteran of musical styles and locations, Joel honed his craft over the years while living in metro NY, Athens, GA and for the last 30 years in the Triangle area. He’s been learning new licks on the job for over 40 years backing such luminaries as Randall Bramblett (Sea Level, Gregg Allman, Steve Winwood), Steve Davidowski (Dixie Dregs), guitar legend Cool John Ferguson and ex-Bonnie Raitt/Muscle Shoals guitarist Will McFarlane, to name a few. His knack for finding the “pocket” with his drummer, along with his low end groove, keeps the dance floor a busy place. Sugarman has been laying the bottom down with numerous area bands for many years.

More than the sum of our parts, we strive to be in service to “the Song.” Good Rocking Sam seeks to write high quality songs with the brevity of the masters – no blues/rock jam music here. The folks in Good Rocking Sam have crossed the state (and even state lines) sharing the stage with the likes of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Cool John Ferguson and Delbert McClinton,, and appeared multiple times at festivals such as Hog Day and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.