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Gordie Sampson is hosting a songwriters circle during Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney this weekend.
TRURO - Gordie Sampson can't remember the last time he played in a show bar atmosphere here, but that doesn't mean he isn't looking forward to it.
"It gives me an opportunity to get into some of the new up and running stuff that I have written recently," said Sampson, originally from Big Pond, Cape Breton, but now living in Nashville.
"People that come to the show will hear some stuff from my previous records as well. This is the time of year that I get to do that."
Sampson, who has written songs for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley, is set to perform at the Split Crow in Truro on Saturday.
Over the past couple of months, Sampson has been having some hard-to-forget moments, like performing with the Boston Pops.
"It was almost life changing," said the singer-songwriter. "I play together with some other songwriters in the Music City Hit-makers. It's a chance for songwriters to perform their songs people may recognize on the radio, and they're singing with an orchestra. It's extremely fun."
Sampson performed three shows with the Boston Pops and is hoping to again next year.
"They have invited us back for their 2014 summer show," he said.
Along with the Boston Pops, Sampson's songwriting skills have been getting some worldwide attention with television audiences.
"I co-wrote a song that Kree Harrison sang at the end of American Idol," he said of the runner-up to the popular reality show. "It's going to be one of her singles."
The Voice's Danielle Bradbery, who won the fourth season of the television series, has just recorded one of Sampson's songs that will possibly be her second single.
Although he's on ‘vacation' at home in Cape Breton, it's more of a "working" one, Sampson said.
He just finished hosting the Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle in Ingonish and has a number of performances in the province scheduled.
As for a new album, Sampson isn't entirely sure when that will come together.
"I've got nothing planned right now, but it's been a while since my last album so I'm sure in the next couple of months I'll be thinking about that. This is around the time of year I get the bug for it."
Tickets for Sampson's performance are $20 in advance - available at Split Crow, Keggers Alehouse and MacQuarries Pharmasave - or $25 at the door. Showtime is 9 p.m.