Haynie and Samuel - Here in America CDDon Haynie & Sheryl Samuel are the quintessential troubadours of the American road, with decades of experience touring and exploring the country, soaking up the sights and sounds, and their latest album, Here in America, a double CD, is a magnificent testament to all they’ve seen and heard in their travels. The album has had very positive response: Building upon a strong initial reception from college and folk/roots-oriented radio, Here in America has spent months on playlists in commercial Adult Contemporary radio, and many weeks in the top 20 of the prestigious Friday Morning Quarterback chart, to the extent that they competed very successfully with artists like the Eagles, James Taylor, and Sarah McLachlan.

Released July 4th, 2008, Here in America showcases the Haynie & Samuel trademark harmony duet singing, and Don Haynie's talent for writing songs with a wide range of musical influences. In their years of touring, they've absorbed many of America's regional sounds and styles, and have brought them together in this, their fifth album. The Tejano sound of Texas and the Southwest is a perfect fit for their jab at the recent Bush years, "Please Don't Blame It All On Texas"; "So Much Trouble In This World" and "For The Moment" pay tribute to jazz; "Gone Too Soon" and "There's A Lot Of That Going Around" honor the great Blues traditions; "God Bless Louisiana" and "Country Tavern On A Saturday Night" show their love of the Cajun and Zydeco sounds from the South; and "The Mayor of Beverly Hills" gives a genial hat-tip to Bluegrass. Don and Sheryl manage to put their unique stamp on all these styles, and to carve out a little musical territory of their own on the title song, "Here in America", "Mike's Tune", "You Don't Know A Dancer When You See One", “Sawdust Avenue” and the folk/rock/trance evocation of the Southwest, "The Border".

Recorded primarily with their favorite Hudson Valley musicians--Randy Ciarlante on drums and percussion, Aaron “Prof. Louie” Hurwitz on keyboards, Scott Petito on bass, Harvey Kaiser on saxophones, and Larry Packer on fiddles--Don and Sheryl also got great performances on drums from Gary Burke in “As The Bus Pulls Away” and the New Orleans street-march sound of “For The Moment”, and were backed by a brilliant ZydeCajun band, Lee Benoit and his Bayou Stompers on “God Bless Louisiana” and “Country Tavern On A Saturday Night”. They continued to explore new territory in the ode to the tragedy of New York‘s World Trade Center, “Pride Of The City”, with Scott Petito‘s soundscape surroundings, funky drum-circle percussion, and stark vocal and acoustic guitar telling of the story. Clearly their biggest and most encompassing effort to date, Here in America adds strong evidence to a body of work that places Don Haynie and Sheryl Samuel among the finest folk/pop duos of our time.

"Some of the smoothest and prettiest harmonies on the scene today . . . A quiet poetic strength in the best tradition of American balladeering."
The Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY