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Sammie Bright, age 16, started playing drums at the age of 3. By age 8 he was holding his own with seasoned musicians.

I can remember him learning the songs over and over and over again. I knew that one of these days he would get it because his dad did the same thing.” She fondly remembers the early days when her then-husband, Eddy, would be performing and they

would have their young son with them at the gigs. “There were times that we couldn’t find anybody who could watch Jamie, and he was so little we’d lay him down in the guitar case,” she said. Linda, perhaps now his biggest

fan, is happy that her son has followed her advice and remained grounded as his career blossomed. “I told him when this all started to not get above his raising. Don’t forget his manners and where he came from,” she said. “And I just can’t believe how much he’s grown up in this experience. He’s just a good person. I tried to bring up all three of my children to be considerate of other people.” Linda also talked about a couple of construction accidents that nearly cost her son his music career. “He was working and nearly cut his finger off. His manager, or whatever, told him that they weren’t going to let him use table saws anymore. He’s a good carpenter, but the table saw got him. He was blessed it didn’t cut his finger off,”

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