http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-sam-amidon-blue-mountains-video-filmmaker-andrea-sisson-premieres-paste-2015-04-20April 20, 2015|0 comments
Sam Amidon has released a new video for the song "Blue Mountains," off his latest album, Lily-O. The song is an Appalachian ballad that tells an enigmatic tale of a young woman who falls in love with a married man. The video, which was created by filmmaker and fine-art/fashion photographer Andrea Sisson, premiered earlier today via Paste, which calls Lily-O "excellent." The video was shot in Ojai, CA, and features Amidon and model/actress Alex Noiret. Watch it here. Amidon is currently touring with Sharon Van Etten in Europe and the UK then headlines his own European shows.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Videosam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/sam-amidon-kicks-european-tour-2015-04-15April 15, 2015|0 comments
Sam Amidon, whose latest album, Lily-O, was released in September, kicks off a tour of Europe with a performance in Ghent, Belgium, tonight, followed by a two-week tour of the Benelux countries, Ireland, and the UK with Sharon Van Etten, and a ten-day solo tour culminating in a performance at Islington Assembly Hall in London on May 10. Amidon then heads to the US for performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music celebrating the music of Arthur Russell and several summer festivals, including Wilco's Solid Sound, Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires, and Pickathon.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Toursam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/big-ears-festival-kronos-quartet-laurie-anderson-rhiannon-giddens-sam-amidon-tyondai-braxton-2015-03-27March 25, 2015|0 commentsBig Ears Festival Brings Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, Tyondai Braxton Sets
The 2015 Big Ears Festival takes place in Knoxville, Tennessee, this weekend including performances from artists-in-residence Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Tyondai Braxton. Big Ears is held in venues throughout downtown Knoxville. Click here for a schedule of the Nonesuch artists' events at this weekend's festival.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Toursam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-albums-years-best-lists-rolling-stone-american-songwriter-uncut-mojo-q-2014December 03, 2014|0 comments
There's still about a month to go before 2014 comes to a close, and already the music magazines have begun to weigh in on the year's best music. Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Uncut, Mojo, and Q have all published their lists of the Best Albums of the Year, and included among them are a number of Nonesuch releases: the latest from The Black Keys and Sam Amidon; the label debut albums from Robert Plant and Conor Oberst; and a special reissue from Emmylou Harris.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviewssam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-sam-amidon-bill-frisell-perform-npr-tiny-desk-concert-2014-12-01December 01, 2014|0 comments
Sam Amidon recently stopped by NPR with Bill Frisell and Shahzad Ismaily to give a Tiny Desk Concert. They perform two songs from Amidon's latest album, Lily-O, on which both perform and which Tiny Desk Concert host Bob Boilen calls "gorgeous"—"Blue Mountains" and "Pat Do This, Pat Do That"—as well as the song "Short Life" from his 2013 Nonesuch Records debut album, Bright Sunny South. Watch the Tiny Desk Concert here. Amidon opens for Wilco at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago this Saturday, then leads his own shows in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Videosam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/laurie-anderson-rhiannon-giddens-sam-amidon-big-ears-festival-kronos-quartet-2014-11-11November 11, 2014|1 commentsLaurie Anderson, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon to Perform at Big Ears Festival; Kronos Quartet Artists-in-Residence
The initial line-up for the 2015 Big Ears Festival has been announced, and featured among the performers are several Nonesuch Records artists: Laurie Anderson, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Kronos Quartet, the festival's artists-in-residence for 2015. Big Ears will be held in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, March 27–29, 2015, at the historic Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday, November 14, at 12pm ET.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Toursam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/sam-amidon-lily-o-npr-all-things-considered-album-transform-music-2014-11-04November 04, 2014|0 commentsSam Amidon's "Lily-O" Featured on NPR's All Things Considered; New Album "Showcases His Ability to Transform Music"
Sam Amidon's new album, Lily-O, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered last night. "Amidon reinvents American folk songs," says host Robert Siegel; the new album "showcases his ability to transform music." NPR reviewer Banning Eyre says: "Every little unexpected twist shimmers with originality ... His highly personal approach opens a window on the American past and lets us feel it like nothing else around." Listen to the NPR review here. The Morton Report's Bill Bentley says Amidon's vocals "reverberate directly inside the soul." He is "stepping forward with a creative curve that no one else is really doing."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio Reviewssam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/sam-amidon-new-album-lily-o-now-available-vinyl-2014-10-27October 27, 2014|0 comments
Sam Amidon's new album of reimagined folk songs, Lily-O, was released on CD and digitally last month and is now available on vinyl. The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and features guitarist Bill Frisell, along with Amidon’s other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro. The New York Times calls the album "hauntingly beautiful." Amidon kicks off a European tour on November 14 and performs at the EFG London Jazz Festival with Frisell and Ismaily on November 16.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist Newssam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-sam-amidon-bill-frisell-perform-npr-world-cafe-2014-10-16October 16, 2014|0 comments
Sam Amidon is the guest on today's episode of NPR's World Cafe. He is joined by guitarist Bill Frisell, who is featured on Amidon's new album, Lily-O, to perform four songs from the album: "Walkin' Boss," "Blue Mountains," "Your Lone Journey," and a web-exclusive take on "Groundhog Variations." The two also talk with World Cafe host David Dye about recording of the new album in Iceland and more. You can watch their performance of "Walkin' Boss" below and hear the complete session at npr.org.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio Videosam amidonhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/sam-amidon-new-album-lily-o-hauntingly-beautiful-ny-times-2014-10-07October 07, 2014|0 comments
Sam Amidon's new album of reimagined folk songs, Lily-O, was released last week to critical acclaim. Now, the New York Times' Nate Chinen adds his praise, calling it "hauntingly beautiful." He cites the take on Rosa Lee Watson's "Your Lone Journey" as the song that "brings out the album’s most moving performance. Mr. Amidon sings in a muted voice, trusting the lyrics to make their own impression. The song arrives near the album’s close, so its heavenward glance doubles as a seamless transition." Amidon kicks off a fall tour of US and Europe this Saturday, October 11.