The Modern Sounds

Joel Paterson, guitar and vocals; Beau Sample, bass and vocals; Alex Hall, drums and vocals

Retro never sounded so appealing. Maybe that’s because guitarist Joel Paterson doesn’t regard the mid-20th century songs as historic repertoire. Instead, he addresses classic country, blues and Tin Pan Alley tunes as timeless works that reward repeated listening.
— Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
photo by Nolan Wells / design by Joel Paterson

photo by Nolan Wells / design by Joel Paterson

From the city that works, comes the trio that works. The Modern Sounds is the band that does it all. This blues, jazz, swing and rock & roll trio has been playing around Chicago (and all over the world) since 2007, when Beau Sample moved to Chicago from Austin for a change of musical scenery. The Modern Sounds are hard to classify, but easy on the ears. This is a trio with a big sound, featuring hot pickin,' a swingin' rhythm section, and tight three-part harmonies—Joel Paterson, Beau Sample, and Alex Hall bring you back to the "Modern" era. Perfect for any venue or occasion, the Modern Sounds are the right fit for all of your listening and dancing needs.

Of all the “vintage” artists injecting new life into bygone styles with originality and a sense of humor, these guys just might top the list.
— Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine
photo by Jill Preston

photo by Jill Preston