Sam Cassidy

Minneapolis songwriter Sam Cassidy’s second LP, Running Blind is a concept record, telling the tale of a robbery gone wrong. Told from multiple characters points of view, the songs on Running Blind focus both on one moment in time, and also take a wider lens to examine forces behind what makes a person come to such drastic actions, and how these decisions affect those around them – whether they realize it or not. Each character delivers a new perspective of what drives them to make the choices that lead up to a dramatic and violent conclusion. While the songs are fictional, Cassidy can’t help but find pieces of himself in all the tracks. By taking himself out of the story, he tapped in to something deeper, allowing himself to write about subjects he was wary to delve in to previously.

While the songwriter heroes of Cassidy’s like Springsteen and Tom Petty are obvious influences, other more subtle influences like Kendrick Lamar or the works of director David Lowry and author/screenwriter Dennis Lehane are at work here as well. Building on his past releases, Cassidy continues to write about the lives of normal people, often riding the line between right and wrong. Running Blind was produced by Jacob Hanson and calls on a crack team of musicians Cassidy has been working with onstage for the last few years- the All Night Canyons as well as the Red Daughters Band. The arrangements came naturally and the well worn chemistry between the musicians shines through on these recordings.

The story of the record focuses on Ray and Louie, old friends who concoct the perfect plan to rob a check cashing store. Ray is haunted by a past he is trying to leave behind, reminiscing about a love lost who wants nothing to do with him. He is pulled back into the life by his old friend Louie, a manipulative smooth talker whose silver tongue has kept him out of trouble thus far. Their plan embroils the cowardly inside man Johnny, a night clerk at the store working two jobs while struggling to keep himself and his family afloat. The whole thing ensnares others including lovers and innocent bystanders. The lead single, “Dallas”, highlights the story of the endearing father who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets caught in the deadly crossfire of the crime. When the robbery doesn’t go as planned, lives are shattered and what has been lost can never be rebuilt.

Past Shows


Nov
16
th
2019
7th St Entry
Nov
16
th
2019
7th St Entry

Trigger Hippy

with Sam Cassidy
Sep
20
th
2019
7th St Entry
Jul
20
th
2019
Mainroom
Jul
20
th
2019
Mainroom

Night Moves

with Lady Lark and Sam Cassidy
Mar
21
st
2019
Turf Club
Mar
21
st
2019
Turf Club

Sam Cassidy

with Kiss the Tiger and Under Violet
Feb
28
th
2019
7th St Entry
Feb
28
th
2019
7th St Entry

PARKER GISPERT (of THE WHIGS)

with Sam Cassidy and Andrew Leahey
Dec
7
th
2018
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Dec
7
th
2018
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

William Elliott Whitmore

with Raye Zaragoza and Sam Cassidy
Nov
29
th
2018
Turf Club
Nov
29
th
2018
Turf Club

Faith Boblett

with Fathom Lane and Sam Cassidy
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with The Bad Man, D8MCHILD, FURY THINGS and more!
Sep
27
th
2018
Turf Club
Sep
27
th
2018
Turf Club

Shooter Jennings

with Sam Cassidy
Aug
2
nd
2018
Turf Club
Feb
2
nd
2018
Turf Club
Feb
2
nd
2018
Turf Club

Jackson and the Roosters, Eleganza!, Sam Cassidy and more!

with DAVE and RYAN from SOUL ASYLUM in the Clown Lounge
Sep
2
nd
2017
Turf Club
Sep
2
nd
2017
Turf Club

Communist Daughter

with Sam Cassidy and Jeremy Ylvisaker
May
19
th
2017
Turf Club
May
19
th
2017
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Sam Cassidy
May
10
th
2017
7th St Entry
May
10
th
2017
7th St Entry

Leif Vollebekk

with Sam Cassidy
May
4
th
2017
Turf Club
May
4
th
2017
Turf Club

Frankie Lee, Sam Cassidy and The Person & The People

with DAVE PIRNER & KRAIG JOHNSON in the Clown Lounge
Mar
15
th
2017
Turf Club
Mar
15
th
2017
Turf Club

Chuck Prophet

with Sam Cassidy
Feb
7
th
2017
Turf Club
Feb
7
th
2017
Turf Club

Steve‘n’Seagulls

with Sam Cassidy
Nov
18
th
2016
Turf Club
Nov
18
th
2016
Turf Club

Farewell Milwaukee

with Sam Cassidy and The Heavy Set
Oct
7
th
2016
Turf Club
Oct
7
th
2016
Turf Club

The Sheepdogs

with Sam Cassidy
Aug
28
th
2016
7th St Entry
Aug
28
th
2016
7th St Entry

Valley Queen

with Sam Cassidy and Story Night
Jun
23
rd
2016
7th St Entry
May
20
th
2016
Indeed Brewery
May
20
th
2016
Indeed Brewery

WHIRLYGIG 2016

with Eleganza!, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND, Sam Cassidy and more!
Mar
30
th
2016
Turf Club
Jan
15
th
2016
Turf Club
Jan
15
th
2016
Turf Club

Sam Cassidy

with Actual Wolf and Romantica
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Al Church, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
Nov
5
th
2015
Turf Club
Nov
5
th
2015
Turf Club

Promised Land Sound

with Sam Cassidy and Tabah
Sep
11
th
2015
7th St Entry
Sep
11
th
2015
7th St Entry

Sam Cassidy

with GUILTY GRINS and Wild Age
Aug
14
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jul
27
th
2015
Turf Club
Jul
27
th
2015
Turf Club

Strand of Oaks

with Sam Cassidy
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery

ART-A-WHIRL

with Mark Mallman, Rupert Angeleyes, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
May
7
th
2015
Turf Club
Mar
13
th
2015
7th St Entry
Mar
13
th
2015
7th St Entry

Sam Cassidy and The Bros. Landreth

with GABE BARNETT & THEM ROUNDERS
Mar
6
th
2015
Mainroom + Entry
Mar
6
th
2015
Mainroom + Entry

Brother Ali

with The Blind Shake, tiny deaths, BABY SHEL and more!
Jan
17
th
2015
Mainroom
Jan
17
th
2015
Mainroom

FIRST AVENUE’S BEST NEW BANDS OF 2014

with Hippo Campus, PaviElle, Sam Cassidy and more!
Jan
8
th
2015
Turf Club
Jan
8
th
2015
Turf Club

Sam Cassidy and Eleganza!

NOTE: BOBBY BARE JR HAS CANCELED
Nov
26
th
2014
Mainroom
Nov
26
th
2014
Mainroom

The Ike Reilly Assassination

with American Scarecrows and Sam Cassidy
Oct
29
th
2014
Turf Club
Oct
29
th
2014
Turf Club
Jul
26
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jul
26
th
2014
7th St Entry

ADAM FAUCETT & THE TALL GRASS

with Sam Cassidy and GABE BARNETT & THEM ROUNDERS
Jul
15
th
2014
icehouse MPLS
Jul
15
th
2014
icehouse MPLS

Peter Matthew Bauer

with Sam Cassidy and SKYLER SKJELSET
May
30
th
2014
Turf Club
May
30
th
2014
Turf Club

Sam Cassidy

with The Farewell Circuit and HOTEL SAN SEBASTIAN
Mar
15
th
2014
7th St Entry
Mar
15
th
2014
7th St Entry

CHARN

with Verskotzi, Sam Cassidy and Red Daughters

More Shows

May
2
nd
The Fitzgerald Theater
Cancelled

Brian Culbertson

Aug
31
st
Fine Line

Bully

Nov
16
th
The Cedar Cultural Center

Tennis

with Molly Burch
Apr
8
th
First Avenue

An Evening with
They Might Be Giants