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    Sam Amidon's "The Following Mountain" Due May 26 on Nonesuch Records

    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 is available to preorder from iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, with an instant download of the album track "Juma Mountain." You can watch a lyric video for the track below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include a limited-edition print autographed by Amidon. Spring tour dates for Sam Amidon are listed below.

    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.

    SAM AMIDON ON TOUR

    Apr 1 Chandler Center for the Arts Randolph, VT
    Apr 17 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
    May 9 American Swedish Institute Minneapolis, MN
    May 12&13 Ordway Concert Hall St. Paul, MN
    Jun 16&17 Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI
         

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Sam Amidon's "The Following Mountain" Due May 26 on Nonesuch Records

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Sam Amidon's new album, The Following Mountain, will be released May 26, 2017, on Nonesuch. The album 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 Following Mountain was created with producer Leo Abrahams and frequent Amidon collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, with a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an exclusive autographed print and an instant download of the album track "Juma Mountain." You can watch a lyric video for the song here.

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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 is available to preorder from iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, with an instant download of the album track "Juma Mountain." You can watch a lyric video for the track below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include a limited-edition print autographed by Amidon. Spring tour dates for Sam Amidon are listed below.

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.

SAM AMIDON ON TOUR

Apr 1 Chandler Center for the Arts Randolph, VT
Apr 17 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
May 9 American Swedish Institute Minneapolis, MN
May 12&13 Ordway Concert Hall St. Paul, MN
Jun 16&17 Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI
     
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