Sam Pace was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Growing up he quenched his musical thirst with everything from oldies to classic rock to golden age hip-hop. When he picked up the guitar at age 15 he had simultaneously began his love affair with the blues. All through high-school blues music became his obsession; along with some lesser-known rock acts like Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Metallica to name a few.
After high school Sam attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. Through college his taste continued to center around blues and rock n’ roll, but he also developed a deep love for early Reggae, the Jazz greats, and classic soul.
While in Madison, and later in Chicago (where he lived for four years after Madison), Sam relentlessly developed his guitar and vocal chops, and played blues and rock n’ roll as much as he could.
In 2011 Sam Pace moved to Austin, TX, a place where he knew no one and had never been before. Having just released his debut album, “Let the Big Dog Eat”, Pace sought a band to lead and stake to claim.
In the summer of 2012, Pace and the Grit released their debut album, “The Feelin'”. Shortly after they embarked on a national tour that took them all over the eastern and middle parts of the United States.
“We play Rock n’ Roll smooth and dirty, Soul music mean, and we’re not afraid to get a little weird,” says Pace.
By December of 2013, the Grit were at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, working with the highly experienced Chris Kress as their producer for hire. There they cut their second and most ambitious album to date: “Rapture”.
In March 2015, Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit made their first splash at the Austin Music Awards. They received three Top-10 finishes including: Best Song for “Ice Cream Samurai”, Best Live Band in Blues/Soul/Funk, and Best Album Art for RAPTURE.
In the Summers of 2015 and 2016, and Fall of 2017, the band spent the entire three months touring North America.
SP and the Double G are regulars around Austin and tour throughout the year.