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Sam Amidon's "Bright Sunny South" Due on Vinyl with Bonus 7” in September; Amidon to Tour North America

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    Sam Amidon's "Bright Sunny South" Due on Vinyl with Bonus 7” in September; Amidon to Tour North America

    Nonesuch Records released Sam Amidon’s label debut, Bright Sunny South, this spring to critical acclaim. Produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) and recorded in London, the record features a band made up of Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. On September 24, Bright Sunny South will be released on vinyl with a download of the album and a bonus vinyl 7” disc featuring two previously unreleased recordings, "Won't Turn Back" and an acoustic version of "Weeping Mary"; it is available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store.

    Amidon will tour North America throughout September including two nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City with Bill Frisell. See the North American tour dates below. For additional details and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    The Vermont native/London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. In addition to country ballads and shape-note hymns, Bright Sunny South features interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” and Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off.” The record also includes a version of “Weeping Mary,” a shape-note hymn that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, recorded with the Vermont-based Word of Mouth Chorus for Nonesuch Records on the 1977 disc Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns From the Sacred Harp Tradition.

    Bright Sunny South follows 2010’s critically acclaimed I See the Sign, which earned Amidon praise from SPIN for his “quirky alchemy … contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents” and Pitchfork, which said, “[Amidon’s] interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) they existed before.”

    Prior to I See the Sign, which was released on the Iceland-based label Bedroom Community, Amidon released But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research, 2007) and All Is Well (Bedroom Community, 2008). In addition to his solo albums, Amidon has collaborated on performances pieces with musical polymath Nico Muhly, toured as part of Thomas Bartlett’s group Doveman and the Brooklyn band Stars Like Fleas, collaborated with Beth Orton, and embarked on a series of live shows with Frisell.

    SAM AMIDON ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA

    Sep 5 Hugh's Room Toronto, ON
    Sep 8 Ottawa Folk Festival Ottawa, ON
    Sep 9 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
    Sep 10 Olin Arts Center, Bates College Lewiston, ME
    Sep 11 The Music Hall Loft Portsmouth, NH
    Sep 12 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
    Sep 20&21 Allen Room, Lincoln Center* New York, NY
    Sep 24 Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington, DC
    Sep 25 Tin Angel Philadelphia, PA
    Sep 26 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall** Troy, NY
    Sep 27 Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Bucknell University** Lewisburg, PA
    Sep 28 Majestic Theater** Gettysburg, PA
    Sep 29 Avalon Theatre** Easton, MD
    Oct 1 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
    Oct 2 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL
         

    * w/ Bill Frisell: Gershwin & Beyond
    ** w/ Josh Ritter

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Sam Amidon’s Nonesuch debut album, Bright Sunny South, released this spring to critical acclaim, will be released on vinyl on September 24 with a download of the album and a bonus vinyl 7” disc featuring two previously unreleased recordings; it is available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store. Amidon will tour North America throughout September including two nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City with Bill Frisell. 

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Nonesuch Records released Sam Amidon’s label debut, Bright Sunny South, this spring to critical acclaim. Produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) and recorded in London, the record features a band made up of Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. On September 24, Bright Sunny South will be released on vinyl with a download of the album and a bonus vinyl 7” disc featuring two previously unreleased recordings, "Won't Turn Back" and an acoustic version of "Weeping Mary"; it is available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store.

Amidon will tour North America throughout September including two nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City with Bill Frisell. See the North American tour dates below. For additional details and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

The Vermont native/London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. In addition to country ballads and shape-note hymns, Bright Sunny South features interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” and Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off.” The record also includes a version of “Weeping Mary,” a shape-note hymn that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, recorded with the Vermont-based Word of Mouth Chorus for Nonesuch Records on the 1977 disc Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns From the Sacred Harp Tradition.

Bright Sunny South follows 2010’s critically acclaimed I See the Sign, which earned Amidon praise from SPIN for his “quirky alchemy … contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents” and Pitchfork, which said, “[Amidon’s] interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) they existed before.”

Prior to I See the Sign, which was released on the Iceland-based label Bedroom Community, Amidon released But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research, 2007) and All Is Well (Bedroom Community, 2008). In addition to his solo albums, Amidon has collaborated on performances pieces with musical polymath Nico Muhly, toured as part of Thomas Bartlett’s group Doveman and the Brooklyn band Stars Like Fleas, collaborated with Beth Orton, and embarked on a series of live shows with Frisell.

SAM AMIDON ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA

Sep 5 Hugh's Room Toronto, ON
Sep 8 Ottawa Folk Festival Ottawa, ON
Sep 9 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
Sep 10 Olin Arts Center, Bates College Lewiston, ME
Sep 11 The Music Hall Loft Portsmouth, NH
Sep 12 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
Sep 20&21 Allen Room, Lincoln Center* New York, NY
Sep 24 Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington, DC
Sep 25 Tin Angel Philadelphia, PA
Sep 26 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall** Troy, NY
Sep 27 Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Bucknell University** Lewisburg, PA
Sep 28 Majestic Theater** Gettysburg, PA
Sep 29 Avalon Theatre** Easton, MD
Oct 1 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Oct 2 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL
     

* w/ Bill Frisell: Gershwin & Beyond
** w/ Josh Ritter

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