A friendship of over 15 years has morphed into one of the most exciting times in both Sam and Sandi's lives. 22 Kings was formed through an evolution of Sam Bybee and Sandi King singing harmonies together on Sam's last album, "I Hate Pretty Girls". It didn’t take long for the two to realize how special their sound could be. 22 Kings walks a fine line between Folk, Americana, and Indie Rock. Their organic character communicates raw emotion balanced with angelic harmonies and uncanny, sometimes mysterious, resonance that will win over even the toughest critics. One cannot help but become overwhelmed with melody when observing a live performance of 22 Kings. As they continue to work with other artists and producers, 22 Kings’ sound and repertoire are reaching new depths and dimensions. There is no telling what is in store for Sam and Sandi as they continue to explore brave new musical frontiers.
Sandi began her singing career at the age of 10, harmonizing to her father’s music. Her love of music and her eclectic training and experiences in the musical world span from choirs, musicals, rock bands, jazz bands and rock operas. Her other love is food, having completed Culinary School and worked as a chef at various restaurants in San Francisco. It's been a busy and exciting time having been able to put a very promising and loved culinary career on the back burner as the prospect of following her first love -music- is becoming a reality.
Sam has spent the better part of 20 years as a singer/songwriter making music his priority, funding his passion with all kinds of jobs ranging from government contracting all the way to managing an upscale bakery. With 2 albums under his belt and a 3rd recorded but never released he has a wealth of experience and knowledge that has jumpstarted 22 Kings and the songwriting process with Sandi.
Wooden Sleepers is a folk trio based in Portland, Oregon with occasional special guests. This band is genuinely a group effort as all of the members write material and are multi instrumentalists. You won't help but sway and stomp your feet to their heart melting harmonies and riddled grooves. Binding the beat, Phil Krug holds 'em all together on the bass, laying a subtle funk frenzy, while Nolan Gordin and Nik Kemmer trade off mandolin and guitar, pouring with emotion for all the world's glory and sorrow.