International performing and recording artist Fred Sampson has decided take a break from touring around the world. “It is time that I return to my roots and release a very special blues album, “Tracking Down the Wolf.”
A high energy collection of re imagined classics from legendary blues icon Howlin’ Wolf, this album also features the autobiographical title song,“Tracking Down the Wolf”.
As a songwriter, Fred's best known credit has been co-writing the MCA multi-platinum hit single “I Need Your Love" with Tom Scholz of the band Boston. Fred also worked with Tom as his VP of Sales for Scholz R&D, developing, manufacturing and marketing the Rockman brand of guitar and bass products.
The son of a US diplomat, Fred was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and grew up in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. At 13, Fred started his first garage band in Bogota. The band - The Wallflower Complextion - quickly became popular and soon had their first record deal on Daro International Records, a subsidiary of London Records. Television, radio and national touring performances quickly followed.
Moving to the USA, Fred formed the country/blues trio ‘The Sheiks’ in the Cambridge/Boston area. The group was booked by Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Dick Waterman, who also began the career of blues singer Bonnie Raitt. Fred then moved west and became part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He was a member of Berkeleys' pop reggae band The Shakers, 50's/60's show band Johnny Baron and the Bel Aires, and the international touring abba production show Abbacadabra. He has also been musical director for bands backing Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Brian Highland and Little Anthony, among others. Besides extensive touring in the US, Fred has also played in France, Jamaica, Uruguay and Guatemala.