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 the late 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 Raybon 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.
His next album, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright is due out later in 2023, and Sammy is excited about his first singles for Texas Radio “Louisiana Rain” released in 2022 and "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" released 2023.
CourtTV's "Someone They Knew with Tamron Hall" re-opened the case with an episode called "A Hit With A Bullet" aired March 9, 2023, 34 years after the Murder on Music Row. The story, the new single, and a new team behind him, Sammy Sadler just keeps on going because music is a healer for everyone.
Sammy’s story is far from over, in fact, it’s still being written.
Located just outside Dallas, Sammy can easily create tours or schedule shows through flights or via his own bus. Obviously smaller venues close to home are the most affordable option but we can make it happen, wherever you are. Private parties, house concerts, and non-profit events are in Sammy's wheelhouse as well.
Sammy has created several performance packages - including a full band music only show filled with new originals and well known covers. His second show is a night of his incredible story of survival with inspiring songs for both corporate events or performing arts centers. He also has a 3-piece acoustic show for smaller venues and a Sunday service or church event package. To inquire or book any of Sammy's shows or to have a show tailored to your needs contact us at
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