In 1989, a critically-acclaimed newcomer to the country music fold, Sammy Sadler, had already
charted several successful singles and was ready to release his first album on Evergreen Records
when he was caught up in the assassination of then Cash Box chart-manager, Kevin Hughes, and a
payola scandal that would bring down the magazine and rock the music industry.
Despite suffering a near-fatal gunshot wound that would require multiple surgeries to repair, Sadler remained under suspicion until the murder was solved thirteen long years later - by then, his career was dead, as well.
In March 9, 2004, Sadler attempted to reboot his career, releasing Hard On A Heart on the Tri label. The title track placed in the top-10 on the Texas Music Chart and went No. 1 in Europe for seven weeks, but produced lackluster results in the states. In 2009, Sadler released another album, Heart Shaped Like Texas on Audium Records, which transitioned to Koch Records and eventually sold to E1 Music. Despite rave reviews for singles "I'll Always Have Denver," and "No Place to Land," E1 Music ultimately closed and Sadler's recording career ended. Since that time, Sammy continued to play to fans with two successful tours-one with Doug Stone in 2012, and the other lasting from 2015-2016 with Ken Mellons and Jeff Carson called the "Taking the Country Back Tour."
Record promoter Chuck Dixon, who was suspected of ordering the hit against Hughes, was reported to have died mysteriously in 2013, and triggerman Richard D'Antonio would die in prison in 2014. The passing of both provided a newly found confidence to Sadler, who had spent years looking over his shoulder as a result of PTSD.
In 2021 Sammy released his highly acclaimed album 1989 produced by Buddy Hyatt, which featured duets with country hitmakers T. Graham Brown, Marty Rabon and Larry Stewart. Sammy's reemergence was featured in exclusives with People Magazine and Newsmax. Sadler was also featured and shared his new music and story of personal triumph with WSMV's Today In Nashville, Fox 17's "Rock n' Review" and The Dr. Ward Bond Show.
Sammy's new album will be tentatively released in 2024. The single, Louisiana Rain, was released in May of 2022. His latest single, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, was released in February 2023.
Sammy's story is far from over, in fact, it's still being written.
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The true story of murder on Music Row through the eyes of the sole survivor, Sammy Sadler.
"A story of survival. A story of revival. A story that had to be told. An incredible read that will keep you on the edge of your seat!" (Country music star Deborah Allen).