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  • September 7, 2021

    "Sam Amidon is one of the most open-minded artists I know," says pianist/composer Pablo Held of his latest Investigates podcast guest. "Right away I was struck not only by his beautiful music, I was also amazed by the vast range of things he welcomes into his world. Every Sam Amidon album is a winner." You can watch their extensive conversation here.

  • July 28, 2021

    Sam Amidon has announced a headline tour of the Northeastern United States for this October featuring songs from his 2020 self-titled album and more. The two-week tour starts at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 4, followed by shows in Burlington, Providence, Brattleboro, Northampton, Sellersville, DC, NYC, and Woodstock, culminating at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine, on October 16. Amidon was on BBC Radio 3's In Tune to perform last week.

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About Sam Amidon

  • Sam Amidon's self-titled album will be released on Nonesuch Records on October 23, 2020, with the vinyl edition due January 22, 2021. The album, which Amidon considers the fullest realization to date of his artistic vision, comprises his radical reworkings of nine mostly traditional folk songs, performed with his band of longtime friends and collaborators. Amidon produced the record, applying the sonic universe of his 2017 The Following Mountain to these beloved tunes, many of which he first learned as a child. “Pretty Polly,” for example, was one of the first traditional tunes he learned to play, and “Time Has Made a Change” is a song that his parents—singers who were on the 1977 Nonesuch recording Rivers of Delight with the Word of Mouth Chorus—sang around the house when he was young.

    Amidon and his frequent band of multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro were joined in the studio by Belgian guitarist Bert Cools (who played on his last EP), as well as Amidon’s wife, Beth Orton, who adds vocals on three songs. Acoustic bassist Ruth Goller and saxophonist and labelmate Sam Gendel also play on the album, which was mixed by Leo Abrahams. Sam Amidon was mostly recorded live in the studio. Amidon arranged the songs, which are traditional tunes, with the exception of Taj Mahal’s “Light Rain Blues,” Harkins Frye’s “Time Has Made a Change,” and “Hallelujah,” which is an 1835 William Walker shape-note tune using earlier words by Charles Wesley, found in the Sacred Harp collection of early American folk-hymns.

    Sam Amidon is Amidon’s fifth recording on Nonesuch and follows the 2019 EP Fatal Flower Garden (A Tribute to Harry Smith). Additional recordings include his 2017 album The Following Mountain and Kronos Quartet’s Folk Songs the same year, on which he was a featured singer along with Rhiannon Giddens, Natalie Merchant, and Olivia Chaney; Lily-O in 2014; and his label debut, Bright Sunny South, in 2013.

    Amidon will perform a concert at Kings Place in London on October 3. A limited number of tickets will be available in the venue, as well as tickets to stream the event from home. Further details are available here.

Sam Amidon

Tour

Sat, Nov 6
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
Sat, Nov 6
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
Wed, Jan 26
Allston, MA
Brighton Music Hall
Wed, Jan 26
Allston, MA
Brighton Music Hall
Fri, Jan 28
Brooklyn, NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri, Jan 28
Brooklyn, NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat, Jan 29
Philadelphia, PA
The Music Hall at World Cafe Live
Sat, Jan 29
Philadelphia, PA
The Music Hall at World Cafe Live
Sun, Jan 30
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Sun, Jan 30
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Tue, Feb 1
Carrboro, NC
The ArtsCenter - Cat's Cradle
Tue, Feb 1
Carrboro, NC
The ArtsCenter - Cat's Cradle
Tue, Feb 8
Aachen
Musikbunker
Tue, Feb 8
Aachen
Musikbunker
Wed, Feb 9
Köln
Jaki
Wed, Feb 9
Köln
Jaki
Thu, Feb 10
Hannover
Feinkost Lampe
Thu, Feb 10
Hannover
Feinkost Lampe
Fri, Feb 11
Leipzig
UT Connewitz
Fri, Feb 11
Leipzig
UT Connewitz
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Sam Amidon's self-titled album, which he produced and considers the fullest realization to date of his artistic vision, comprises his radical reworkings of mostly traditional folk songs. He performs with his frequent band, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro, along with saxophonist and label mate Sam Gendel, guitarist Bert Cools, bassist Ruth Goller, and Amidon’s wife, Beth Orton, who adds vocals on three songs.

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Sam Amidon's self-titled album will be released on Nonesuch Records on October 23, 2020, with the vinyl edition due January 22, 2021. The album, which Amidon considers the fullest realization to date of his artistic vision, comprises his radical reworkings of nine mostly traditional folk songs, performed with his band of longtime friends and collaborators. Amidon produced the record, applying the sonic universe of his 2017 The Following Mountain to these beloved tunes, many of which he first learned as a child. “Pretty Polly,” for example, was one of the first traditional tunes he learned to play, and “Time Has Made a Change” is a song that his parents—singers who were on the 1977 Nonesuch recording Rivers of Delight with the Word of Mouth Chorus—sang around the house when he was young.

Amidon and his frequent band of multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro were joined in the studio by Belgian guitarist Bert Cools (who played on his last EP), as well as Amidon’s wife, Beth Orton, who adds vocals on three songs. Acoustic bassist Ruth Goller and saxophonist and labelmate Sam Gendel also play on the album, which was mixed by Leo Abrahams. Sam Amidon was mostly recorded live in the studio. Amidon arranged the songs, which are traditional tunes, with the exception of Taj Mahal’s “Light Rain Blues,” Harkins Frye’s “Time Has Made a Change,” and “Hallelujah,” which is an 1835 William Walker shape-note tune using earlier words by Charles Wesley, found in the Sacred Harp collection of early American folk-hymns.

Sam Amidon is Amidon’s fifth recording on Nonesuch and follows the 2019 EP Fatal Flower Garden (A Tribute to Harry Smith). Additional recordings include his 2017 album The Following Mountain and Kronos Quartet’s Folk Songs the same year, on which he was a featured singer along with Rhiannon Giddens, Natalie Merchant, and Olivia Chaney; Lily-O in 2014; and his label debut, Bright Sunny South, in 2013.

Amidon will perform a concert at Kings Place in London on October 3. A limited number of tickets will be available in the venue, as well as tickets to stream the event from home. Further details are available here.

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Tour

Sat, Nov 6
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
Sat, Nov 6
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
Wed, Jan 26
Allston, MA
Brighton Music Hall
Wed, Jan 26
Allston, MA
Brighton Music Hall
Fri, Jan 28
Brooklyn, NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri, Jan 28
Brooklyn, NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat, Jan 29
Philadelphia, PA
The Music Hall at World Cafe Live
Sat, Jan 29
Philadelphia, PA
The Music Hall at World Cafe Live
Sun, Jan 30
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Sun, Jan 30
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Tue, Feb 1
Carrboro, NC
The ArtsCenter - Cat's Cradle
Tue, Feb 1
Carrboro, NC
The ArtsCenter - Cat's Cradle
Tue, Feb 8
Aachen
Musikbunker
Tue, Feb 8
Aachen
Musikbunker
Wed, Feb 9
Köln
Jaki
Wed, Feb 9
Köln
Jaki
Thu, Feb 10
Hannover
Feinkost Lampe
Thu, Feb 10
Hannover
Feinkost Lampe
Fri, Feb 11
Leipzig
UT Connewitz
Fri, Feb 11
Leipzig
UT Connewitz
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