Sam McRae

Inducted in 2021


Sam McRae, aka SammyMac, is a third generation Arizonan, born in Bisbee and grew up in Tempe.  After seeing the J. Geils band at Celebrity Theatre when he was 17 years old, he bought himself a Harley and a harmonica, and took off on his freedom road trip from Phoenix to New York and back.  He spent most of that summer teaching himself to play harmonica by ear.  For the last 45 years music has been Sam’s passion and his dedication to the great blues masters has paid off. 

Sam’s stage presence is charismatic, his vocals are rich, his timing is right on and the soulful creativity he reaches with the harmonica have turned what started out as a hobby into a professional music career.  He has shared the stage with some of the musicians in the ABHOF including Francine Reed, Steve Willis, Big Pete, Chico Chism, Chuck Hall and Tommy Dukes.  Sam also hosted the famous Monday Night Blues in Flagstaff for years.

He is proud to be part of the successful musical group, The Mother Road Trio.  Sammy Mac’s band has wandered far and wide, performing a tour in Budapest, competing into the semi-finals at the International Blues Alliance in Memphis this year, and an honored invitation to play twice at the world famous Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, where they received standing ovations from a packed house.  Sam has been widely recognized as an outstanding blues harmonica player, vocalist and song writer during his long career.

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