Amos Lee

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
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Taking inspiration from soul greats Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers and folk legends John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition. Amos delivers a unique brand of folk-soul music that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire. The "folk" side is reflected in his nimble acoustic guitar playing and the intimacy of his live performances. The "soul" strain comes through in the engaging song-poetry of his lyrics and in what the Philadelphia Inquirer described as his "easygoing voice" and "raw, unedited emotion."

Since his debut in 2004, he has released five albums generating a series of hits: "Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight," "I've Seen It All Before," "Arms of a Woman," "Won't Let Me Go," "Shout Out Loud," and more recently "Windows Are Rolled Down," "Flower" and "The Man Who Wants You."

His popularity continues to grow. His 2011 album Mission Bell debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200, Amazon, and iTunes charts. "That was a freakish thing," Amos says with a laugh. "It was cool, I'm glad it happened, but that was never part of our vision. The real goal for us was always to make good music so we can put more songs in the show that we like and that people respond to."

For his 2013 album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Lee took a different path; he worked in a new city with a new producer, while, for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him. The twelve songs that resulted bring Amos into new sonic territory, while retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters, and stories in his writing.

This album arrives a full ten years after Amos Lee first signed with Blue Note Records and began a career that continues to grow and surprise. With the release of his self-titled debut in 2004, the Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher immediately earned the attention of not only the press and discerning music fans, but also of his fellow artists. He has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams, and been regularly touted as a favorite songwriter and performer by the likes of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum.

Though Amos says that his primary strategy has always been to keep things as simple as possible, he knew that there was one thing he required for Mountains Of Sorrow Rivers Of Song, , which was to record with the musicians he has been taking on the road. "I wanted to play these songs with people that I trust musically, and stay open to where it took us," he says. "The touring band works really hard, they're really musical, they're a good hang, so it was cool to hole up for a few weeks and experience it together. In the singer-songwriter world, it can be sort of a solitary creative process, so it's good to collaborate with people and bring songs to life together."

Making Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song in Nashville solidified Amos Lee's relationship to a community that has embraced him warmly. He has worked alongside country artists from Sugarland to Willie Nelson (who called Lee "an exceptional artist, unique to his generation") and, perhaps most notably, he teamed up with the Zac Brown Band on their single "Day That I Die."

Being in Nashville also allowed several remarkable guests to come by the sessions. Alison Krauss joins Lee for "Chill in the Air" and Patty Griffin lends her voice to "Mountains of Sorrow." Elsewhere, instrumentalists Jerry Douglas, Mickey Raphael, and Jeff Coffin (of the Dave Matthews Band) all pitch in.

Amos maintains that the new material is less autobiographical than usual, but that he "enjoyed getting away from myself and writing through other people's eyes." One track that derives from his own experiences, though, is the deep and dazzling title song, which is based on his visit to Levon Helm's barn in Woodstock, where he appeared at the legendary drummer's Midnight Ramble not long before Helm's death.

"For a few months after Levon passed, I was just so struck by the loss," says Amos. "That tune is completely inspired by him and the legacy he left for someone like me to chase. I didn't realize how heavy it was going to be for me-while I was there, I was kind of overwhelmed and a little shut down, but sometimes I see things a little stronger in the reflecting pool.

"There's sometimes this uber-nostalgic view of what music used to be," he continues, "but if that wasn't it, nothing was. People were there to play the music and to hear the music, nothing else-just the meat and the bread, nothing in between. That's why I always wanted to do this, and it brought me right back to the center."

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Opening Performance by Liz Longley

In the short time since her graduation from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music.

In the past two years, Liz has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. New England named her the 2011 Female Performer of the Year, the Washington Post declared that Liz is "destined for a larger audience" and Dig Boston called her "a rising acoustic sensation." Even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music "gorgeous, simply gorgeous."

A Philadelphia native, Liz recently made the move to Nashville, Tennessee where she has quickly made her presence known throughout Music City. In addition to writing more than forty songs with some of the best songwriters in the business, Liz has also managed to keep up her seemingly never-ending touring schedule, playing over one hundred shows in the last year - all without the help of a record label or booking agent.

While Liz frequently supports the likes of Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, Livingston Taylor, Lori McKenna and Colin Hay, something remarkable has begun to happen - audiences are emerging from these shows as fast fans of Liz's music as well. An engaging performer with an effortless stage presence, Liz has broken advance ticket and merchandise sales records at numerous venues across the country.

Most recently, Liz's music has taken center stage on a national level with numerous television placements and radio airplay. ABC's critically acclaimed series NY Med featured Liz's music throughout the first season, and the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives displayed her towering vocals in an epic grand finale song, "This Is Not the End." Executives at SiriusXM caught wind of her captivating cover of Van Morrison's hit "Moondance" and added it into regular rotation, along with her award-winning original song, "When You've Got Trouble." After an impressive response from listeners, Liz was invited to perform live in the SiriusXM studios in New York City and was named one of their Coffee House Discoveries of 2011.

Following the success of her previous release, Hot Loose Wire, and an impressive crowdfunding campaign this past summer, Liz recently returned to the studio where she recorded her fourth full-length album which is scheduled to be released soon.

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