Sam Sanford has split the band til year's end in order to paint 15 paintings and complete illustrations for a children's book. It will be amazing work, I guarantee you that, so his leaving is no big problem. He will beautify the world in other ways.
You will be missed, though, Slam Slamford.
We're hoping he will re-join us in early 2009... we shall see.
You can read more about his work at his blog or his website.