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  • March 21, 2018

    Sam Amidon has announced a UK tour for October, with shows in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Sheffield, and Newcastle, in addition to previously announced summer festival sets. He begins a North American spring tour at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville this Friday, with shows in Lexington, Philadelphia, NYC, Brattleboro, Cambridge, Montreal, Toronto, Ann Arbor, and Chicago, plus sets at the MusicNow festival in Cincinnati.

  • January 23, 2018

    Sam Amidon stopped by Yellow Couch Studio to perform "Pat Do This, Pat Do That," from his 2014 album, Lily-O, paired with "Blackbird" from his 2017 album, The Following Mountain, and "Another Story Told," also from the new album. You can watch the performances, for which he is joined by multi-instrumentalist Chris Vatalaro, here. "I've been a fan of Sam's music for quite a while now," says Yellow Couch's Steven Foxbury, "and those two put on one hell of a show."

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  • The Following Mountain, the newest solo album by experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, will be released May 26, 2017, on Nonesuch Records. Created with producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Regina Spektor) and Amidon's frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, it represents a new approach for Amidon, who shifts here from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. The album features a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves, known initially for his work in the 1960s with free jazz legends Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock.

    The Following Mountain was made during two distinct recording sessions: an initial weekend in Brooklyn where Ismaily and Amidon brought in Graves, percussionist Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix), and saxophonist Sam Gendel for a heavily improvised session; followed by time in the studio over the summer in London, where Amidon worked with Leo Abrahams to shape and develop the songs.

    "The Following Mountain is a walk through the thickets of the imagination," Amidon said, "a personal mythology of sounds and visions and characters. It is my first album of original music, but is still linked to the Appalachian music I love, as well as improvisation, beats, Don Cherry, Vermont, London."

    The Following Mountain is Amidon's sixth album and follows Lily-O, his 2014 Nonesuch Records collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell.

Sam Amidon

Tour

Fri, Sep 28
Bloomington, IN
First Christian Church
Fri, Sep 28
Bloomington, IN
First Christian Church
Sat, Sep 29
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Sat, Sep 29
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Sat, Oct 20
Birmingham
The Cuban Embassy
Sat, Oct 20
Birmingham
The Cuban Embassy
Mon, Oct 22
Brighton
The Hope And Ruin
Mon, Oct 22
Brighton
The Hope And Ruin
Tue, Oct 23
Bristol
The Louisiana
Tue, Oct 23
Bristol
The Louisiana
Wed, Oct 24
Manchester
Night and Day
Wed, Oct 24
Manchester
Night and Day
Fri, Oct 26
Leeds
Brudenell Social Club
Fri, Oct 26
Leeds
Brudenell Social Club
Sat, Oct 27
Edinburgh
Pleasance Cabaret Bar
Sat, Oct 27
Edinburgh
Pleasance Cabaret Bar
Mon, Oct 29
Sheffield
The Greystones
Mon, Oct 29
Sheffield
The Greystones
Tue, Oct 30
Newcastle
The Cluny 2
Tue, Oct 30
Newcastle
The Cluny 2
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Sam Amidon's 2017 album The Following Mountain represents a new approach for the singer and multi-instrumentalist, who shifts from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. The album was created with producer Leo Abrahams and frequent Amidon collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, with a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves.

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The Following Mountain, the newest solo album by experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, will be released May 26, 2017, on Nonesuch Records. Created with producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Regina Spektor) and Amidon's frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, it represents a new approach for Amidon, who shifts here from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. The album features a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves, known initially for his work in the 1960s with free jazz legends Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock.

The Following Mountain was made during two distinct recording sessions: an initial weekend in Brooklyn where Ismaily and Amidon brought in Graves, percussionist Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix), and saxophonist Sam Gendel for a heavily improvised session; followed by time in the studio over the summer in London, where Amidon worked with Leo Abrahams to shape and develop the songs.

"The Following Mountain is a walk through the thickets of the imagination," Amidon said, "a personal mythology of sounds and visions and characters. It is my first album of original music, but is still linked to the Appalachian music I love, as well as improvisation, beats, Don Cherry, Vermont, London."

The Following Mountain is Amidon's sixth album and follows Lily-O, his 2014 Nonesuch Records collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell.

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Tour

Fri, Sep 28
Bloomington, IN
First Christian Church
Fri, Sep 28
Bloomington, IN
First Christian Church
Sat, Sep 29
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Sat, Sep 29
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Sat, Oct 20
Birmingham
The Cuban Embassy
Sat, Oct 20
Birmingham
The Cuban Embassy
Mon, Oct 22
Brighton
The Hope And Ruin
Mon, Oct 22
Brighton
The Hope And Ruin
Tue, Oct 23
Bristol
The Louisiana
Tue, Oct 23
Bristol
The Louisiana
Wed, Oct 24
Manchester
Night and Day
Wed, Oct 24
Manchester
Night and Day
Fri, Oct 26
Leeds
Brudenell Social Club
Fri, Oct 26
Leeds
Brudenell Social Club
Sat, Oct 27
Edinburgh
Pleasance Cabaret Bar
Sat, Oct 27
Edinburgh
Pleasance Cabaret Bar
Mon, Oct 29
Sheffield
The Greystones
Mon, Oct 29
Sheffield
The Greystones
Tue, Oct 30
Newcastle
The Cluny 2
Tue, Oct 30
Newcastle
The Cluny 2
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