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  • April 16, 2019

    Sam Amidon, who begins a North American tour next week, stopped by Fretboard Journal to perform "Juma Mountain," from his album The Following Mountain, with saxophonist Sam Gendel. Watch it here. Amidon also spoke with the site's podcast about his music, touring, and more. The tour starts in Minneapolis on April 25, with stops in Davenport, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Toronto, and Hamilton, Ontario. He returns to North America in June for a concert with Kronos Quartet and a tour as special guest of Bruce Hornsby.

     

     

  • February 25, 2019

    Sam Amidon begins a tour of the West Coast of the US and Canada, joined by saxophonist Sam Gendel, at Western Front in Vancouver tonight, followed by shows in Seattle and Portland and three stops in California: Berkeley (as special guest of Bill Frisell), Soquel, and Los Angeles. Amidon will join Bruce Horsby and the Noisemakers as special guest on their tour of the Eastern US in June.

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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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Sat, Aug 10
Woodstock, NY
Colony
Sat, Aug 10
Woodstock, NY
Colony
Sun, Aug 11
Brattleboro, VT
The Stone Church
Sun, Aug 11
Brattleboro, VT
The Stone Church
Sun, Sep 15
Cork
St. Luke's
Sun, Sep 15
Cork
St. Luke's
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Sun, Oct 6
Dublin
National Concert Hall
Sun, Oct 6
Dublin
National Concert Hall
Sat, Nov 2
London
St Mary's Music Hall
Sat, Nov 2
London
St Mary's Music Hall
Wed, Nov 6
Manchester
Gullivers
Wed, Nov 6
Manchester
Gullivers
Thu, Nov 7
Leeds
Hyde Park Book Club
Thu, Nov 7
Leeds
Hyde Park Book Club
Sun, Nov 10
Brighton
The Hope & Ruin
Sun, Nov 10
Brighton
The Hope & Ruin
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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

Sat, Aug 10
Woodstock, NY
Colony
Sat, Aug 10
Woodstock, NY
Colony
Sun, Aug 11
Brattleboro, VT
The Stone Church
Sun, Aug 11
Brattleboro, VT
The Stone Church
Sun, Sep 15
Cork
St. Luke's
Sun, Sep 15
Cork
St. Luke's
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Fri, Sep 20
North Adams, MA
MASS MoCA
Sun, Oct 6
Dublin
National Concert Hall
Sun, Oct 6
Dublin
National Concert Hall
Sat, Nov 2
London
St Mary's Music Hall
Sat, Nov 2
London
St Mary's Music Hall
Wed, Nov 6
Manchester
Gullivers
Wed, Nov 6
Manchester
Gullivers
Thu, Nov 7
Leeds
Hyde Park Book Club
Thu, Nov 7
Leeds
Hyde Park Book Club
Sun, Nov 10
Brighton
The Hope & Ruin
Sun, Nov 10
Brighton
The Hope & Ruin
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