Sam Amidon's New Album, "The Following Mountain," Out Now on Nonesuch Records

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Sam Amidon's new album, The Following Mountain, is out now. (Outside the US, the CD will follow on June 2, the vinyl on June 30.) 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. To coincide with the album's release, Amidon has unveiled a video for the album track "Blackbird," which you can watch here. He will play an album release concert at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 14.

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The Following Mountain, the newest solo album by experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, is out now on Nonesuch Records. (Outside the US, the CD will follow on June 2, the vinyl on June 30.) 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, as well as guest appearances by percussionist Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix) and saxophonist Sam Gendel.

To pick up a copy of The Following Mountain, head to iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout, and listen to the album on Apple Music and Spotify.

To coincide with the release of The Following Mountain, Amidon has unveiled a video for the album track "Blackbird," which you can watch below. It follows the previous release of the video for "Juma Mountain," which you can watch here.

Amidon has also announced a New York album release concert at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 14. He, Ismaily, and Gendel will perform together in concert at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on June 14. The group will perform songs from The Following Mountain and from Amidon’s earlier catalog; drummer Milford Graves will also make a special guest appearance. See below for more tour details, and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour for all the latest.

"Amidon's first album of original songs feels like a liberation," says Uncut's Nigel Williamson in his review of The Following Mountain; "there's a loose, improvisational sensibility to these performances, enhanced by the extraordinary juxtaposition of his antique fiddle and mournfully keening voice against the skittering, freeform of percussion of Milford Graves ... and Juma Sultan."

Under the Radar reviewer Lauren Hardy says: "There's no denying Amidon's got it, and he's going with it. It's a departure to be sure. And it's reason enough to lace up the ole trainers and follow the gentle spasm of The Following Mountain."

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

Jun 14 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY
Jun 16&17 Eaux Claires artist in residence Eau Claire, WI
Jul 8 Clonmel Junction Festival w/Crash Ensemble Tipperary, IRELAND
Aug 5 Celebrate Brooklyn! Brooklyn, NY
     
Oct 26 Union Chapel London, UK
Oct 28 Forum Freies Theater Dusseldorf, GERMANY
Oct 29 Nochtspeicher Hamburg, GERMANY
Oct 30 Privatclub Berlin, GERMANY
Nov 1 Espace B Paris, FRANCE
Nov 4 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
Nov 5 Bitterzoet Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Nov 7 Whelan's Dublin, IRELAND
     
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Sam Amidon: "The Following Mountain" [cover]
  • Friday, May 26, 2017
    Sam Amidon's New Album, "The Following Mountain," Out Now on Nonesuch Records

    The Following Mountain, the newest solo album by experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, is out now on Nonesuch Records. (Outside the US, the CD will follow on June 2, the vinyl on June 30.) 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, as well as guest appearances by percussionist Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix) and saxophonist Sam Gendel.

    To pick up a copy of The Following Mountain, head to iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout, and listen to the album on Apple Music and Spotify.

    To coincide with the release of The Following Mountain, Amidon has unveiled a video for the album track "Blackbird," which you can watch below. It follows the previous release of the video for "Juma Mountain," which you can watch here.

    Amidon has also announced a New York album release concert at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 14. He, Ismaily, and Gendel will perform together in concert at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on June 14. The group will perform songs from The Following Mountain and from Amidon’s earlier catalog; drummer Milford Graves will also make a special guest appearance. See below for more tour details, and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour for all the latest.

    "Amidon's first album of original songs feels like a liberation," says Uncut's Nigel Williamson in his review of The Following Mountain; "there's a loose, improvisational sensibility to these performances, enhanced by the extraordinary juxtaposition of his antique fiddle and mournfully keening voice against the skittering, freeform of percussion of Milford Graves ... and Juma Sultan."

    Under the Radar reviewer Lauren Hardy says: "There's no denying Amidon's got it, and he's going with it. It's a departure to be sure. And it's reason enough to lace up the ole trainers and follow the gentle spasm of The Following Mountain."

    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

    Jun 14 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY
    Jun 16&17 Eaux Claires artist in residence Eau Claire, WI
    Jul 8 Clonmel Junction Festival w/Crash Ensemble Tipperary, IRELAND
    Aug 5 Celebrate Brooklyn! Brooklyn, NY
         
    Oct 26 Union Chapel London, UK
    Oct 28 Forum Freies Theater Dusseldorf, GERMANY
    Oct 29 Nochtspeicher Hamburg, GERMANY
    Oct 30 Privatclub Berlin, GERMANY
    Nov 1 Espace B Paris, FRANCE
    Nov 4 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
    Nov 5 Bitterzoet Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
    Nov 7 Whelan's Dublin, IRELAND
         
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