Sam Whetzel is an ambitious 19 year old artist of different mediums, armed with a guitar in one hand and a pen in the other. After falling in love with music from Led Zeppelin and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he was inspired and first picked up an electric guitar at the age of 14. Having explored graphic arts as a child, his passions then merged. His guitar artwork emerged as a unique reflection of his creative spirit.
Influenced by guitarists such as Uli Jon Roth, Jimi Hendrix, and Guthrie Govan, he has become a well rounded and experienced guitarist having performed different genres like fusion, indie rock, jazz, progressive rock, acoustic finger-style picking and metal. He has toured the East Coast multiple times with the Vienna Virginia (SOR) House Band and the SOR Allstars, who are drawn worldwide. At age 17, he had the chance to perform with original Zappa band members Ike Willis and Danny Walley at the Zappanale Festival while he toured Germany with a Frank Zappa Cover group. Since then, Sam has performed with several local bands at various D.C. venues like Jammin Java and the 9:30 Club.
Complimenting Sam’s guitar prowess, his graphic arts are a visual reflection of spontaneous expression. His provocative, sometimes whimsical and intricate artwork mostly finds it’s natural home on the instruments he loves to play the most. His drawing has not gone unnoticed, particularly by local musicians.
Hailing from the Washington D.C. suburbs, he is now a Sophomore at Columbia College Chicago and plans to major in Contemporary, Urban, and Popular music. In his spare time, he loves nothing more than practicing all day long, creating artwork, and enjoying the company of his close friends. His dream is to play in rock bands and perform for the rest of his life, and eventually have a family of his own to come home too.
So, take a look, take a listen.