Sam Amidon's Nonesuch Debut Out Now
Sam Amidon’s Nonesuch Records debut, Bright Sunny South, was produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys.
Recorded in London, the album features a band comprising Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. Amidon himself not only sings but also plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and piano on the album.
The Guardian, Mojo, Q, and MusicOMH give Bright Sunny South four stars. Drowned in Sound calls it Amidon's "most emotionally and tonally copmlex LP to date."