“Sunburn is packed with sonic sophistication and high art metaphors.” – The Coast

“. . . one of my favourite Canadian singer-songers. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s Gordie Sampson has 2 solo cds that should be added to any music lovers library. . .. “
George Canyon

“heralded by a number of people in the industry and in the music press as this region’s next major star. The long- awaited second album called Sunburn, from start to finish is a remarkable piece of work, a skillfully crafted collection of material ripe with potential singles.” – The Guardian

“Sunburn” has an infectious rhythm and killer changes … – Vancouver Province

“gordie sampson…already a classic …just waiting to age….the secret is out” - 98.9 XFM

“This guy could be the next breakout talent from the Maritimes.” - Toronto Sun

“Sunburn is living proof the singer-songwriter craft is still going strong.” - Edmonton Sun

“. . . Paris. She (Faith Hill) says it’s one of her favorite songs she’s ever heard.” - CMT interview – Faith Hill


“The cleverly paced 14-track disc includes broadly accessible pop tunes, upbeat rockers, guitar instrumentals and inventive pieces like The Blood Is Strong.” - The Record

“Studded with radio friendly tunes…extraordinary musicianship…an invigorating and intense album…uses a mix of acoustic and electric instruments to build a rich, pop sound vocals that betray an irresistible enthusiasm…” - The Daily News

“Sampson’s short set before the Rankins took the stage spotlighted a new voice that’s ready to break wide open, a Canadian who sings with the emotion of Van Morrison.” - The Ottawa Sun

“Sampson’s fresh, raw talent was charming as he performed four songs from his upcoming album. This talented guitarist, who reminds one of Bruce Cockburn, may not have a familiar face, but his songwriting credits are recognizable…” - The Calgary Sun

“Sampson delivered a powerful performance with strong material and an expert band.” - The Chronicle Herald

“Gordie’s mainstage showcase performance blew everyone away and earned him the media award for Best Showcase Artist.” - What’s Goin On

“Sampson is a soulful singer with major star charisma.” - The Daily News

“…played a cool selection of urban folk tunes…he did exactly what opening acts are meant to do: open up the ears of the crowd…his energy was felt as he later joined the Rankins…” - The Edmonton Sun

“The charismatic Gordie Sampson, as music director, has put his stamp on the revue. The sound is a propulsive contemporary Celtic pop, a jamming together of traditional and rock pop that is exhilarating. Sampson’s final arrangement of Purple Heather is passionate.” - The Mail Star

 “A memorable and delicate guitar solo from Sampson who also pulled out a hot electric lead solo.” - The Edmonton Journal

“Opener Gordie Sampson proved he knows his way around an acoustic guitar, too…a lesson in great fretwork.” - Calgary Herald

“Cape Breton native Gordie Sampson rocked the crowd with a selection of original material. Opening with his next single ‘Sorry’ he owned the audience right up to his finale with ‘Still Workin’ on a Dream’ and was sent off with a standing ovation.” - ECMA ’99 Music Notes

“Producer Gordie Sampson’s arrangements are fresh, and the few trips into the slightly experimental are thrilling.” (In My Hands – Natalie MacMaster) - Boston Herald

“The second star of the game is producer, songwriter, guitarist Gordie Sampson.” (In My Hands – Natalie MacMaster) - Telegraph Journal