Amos Lee

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Amos Lee

Postby Arlene » Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:42 pm

Is anyone listening to him? I really like his self-titled debut CD. You can also hear a members' concert he did for WFUV by going to http://www.wfuv.org and typing his name in the "Archives" box, or hear him interviewed and performing on Acoustic Cafe at http://www.mlive.com/cafe/ and in addition, he'll be a guest tomorrow on Morning Becomes Eclectic-- see http://www.kcrw.com/cgi-bin/db/kcrw.pl? ... _type=show

If you're not familiar with him, do yourself a favor and check him out!
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Postby Kris » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:09 pm

He has a song on the Paste sampler, the current issue I believe. It's really good, I'll have to check out his album.
It's the same old thirst for more
Until they put you in the dirt

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You saw me through a keyhole
Of a door that I kept locked
But I decorate the threshold
Just in case you knocked
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Postby gillian » Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:26 pm

North American tour dates!

10/03/2005 - Ram's Head Tavern, Annapolis, MD
10/04/2005 - Ram's Head Tavern, Annapolis, MD
10/05/2005 - Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
10/07/2005 - Somerville Theatre, Boston, MA
10/08/2005 - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
10/10/2005 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY
10/13/2005 - Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
10/14/2005 - La Tulipe, Montreal, QUE
10/14/2005 - The Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, ONT
10/17/2005 - House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
10/18/2005 - Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
10/20/2005 - 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH
10/21/2005 - Headliners, Louisville, KY
10/22/2005 - The Music Mill, Indianapolis, IN
10/23/2005 - 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, TN
10/25/2005 - Park West, Chicago, IL
10/26/2005 - Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
10/28/2005 - High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
10/29/2005 - Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
10/30/2005 - Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO
11/01/2005 - Blue Note, Columbia, MO
11/02/2005 - Grand Emporium, Kansas City, MO
11/04/2005 - Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
11/05/2005 - Club Sound, Salt Lake City, UT
11/07/2005 - Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR
11/08/2005 - Richards On Richards, Vancouver, BC
11/09/2005 - Showbox, Seattle, WA
11/11/2005 - WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
11/12/2005 - Slim's, San Francisco, CA
11/13/2005 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
11/14/2005 - Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
11/17/2005 - Avalon, Los Angeles, CA
11/18/2005 - Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
11/19/2005 - Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
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Postby Arlene » Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:01 pm

gillian wrote:North American tour dates!
10/10/2005 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY

Thanks! I just ordered tickets for the Irving Plaza show!!! :D
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Postby gillian » Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:00 pm

From MySpace....

Friends,

In case you missed the solo performance of "Seen It All Before" on the Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson last month you have another chance to check it out, tonight on CBS (12:35AM ET/PT).

Peace,
Amos.
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Postby TontoBronto » Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:16 pm

He was also featured on Austin City Limits several weeks ago, paired with John Prine. I can burn the show to DVD for anyone who might have missed it (or whatever other flimsy excuse you can come up with). :wink:
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Postby Turk » Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:59 am

A Ready-Made Idol? Nope, Just a Folkie Happy to Play His Music

By WINTER MILLER
NYTimes

There are people who could go on about Amos Lee. Amos Lee isn’t one of them.

A folk troubadour who at 29 has already shared bills with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Paul Simon and John Prine, Mr. Lee would rather go on about other people.

“The cool thing about being a songwriter, or a writer, I guess, in general, you can take on a lot of different things, experience a lot of different things, just by writing about them,” he said, lightly plucking the guitar in his lap.

Mr. Lee, whose second album, “Supply and Demand” (Blue Note), is out this month, sat one afternoon at the Rockwood Music Hall, a cozy club on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where he sometimes plays unannounced. With brown shaggy curls, a pair of worn jeans, a pinstripe denim blazer and a button-down shirt that could have been from a thrift store or Barneys, Mr. Lee has a flair without looking as if he tries too hard.

When his demo made it into the hands of Blue Note executives, Norah Jones, who happened to be in the office, took an interest and hired him for her tour. His eponymous 2005 debut album drew critical praise and sold nearly half a million copies. Not bad for an ex-elementary schoolteacher from Philadelphia.

“I think in the pop world that stuff happens all the time,” said Rita Houston, music director of WFUV-FM (90.7), a radio station in New York among the first to promote Mr. Lee. “Not to say that his music can’t go pop, but when there’s an artist in the adult rock world, that’s pretty unusual for a debut.”

Asked if he were living a charmed life, Mr. Lee mumbled that he was just happy to play his music. In a world of ready-made idols, he seems gracious. Except for personal questions, which he answered politely but without detail.

Mr. Lee is single, partly a factor of life on the road. “It’s not as much being in a relationship, it’s developing a relationship that’s difficult,” he said. Still, he conceded, “If the right thing came along, it would be all good for me.”

Questioned about his childhood, he looked up and read his answer in the rafters. “I just appreciate everything that I’ve been given by my family,” he said. “Across the board, from my mother to my father to my aunts and uncles, everybody has always given me a lot of love.” He shrugged. “I feel blessed.”

Mr. Lee grew up in tough neighborhoods in Kensington and South Philadelphia, an only child whose cousins were more like brothers. A high school basketball player, he was a 6-foot-2 guard who had to face up to the fact that he couldn’t dunk. He went to the University of South Carolina, dropped basketball and focused instead on English literature.

The guys he fell in with played guitar, and Mr. Lee wanted in. So his stepfather gave him a guitar. Mr. Lee took a few lessons, learned the major chords and steeped himself in music. “I was just writing songs and studying,” Mr. Lee said. “I wasn’t running around and cavorting.”

As a record store clerk, he fell in love with Donny Hathaway, Monk and Coltrane. He surprised his family with his guitar and vocal skills; they were shocked that he wrote his own songs. Mr. Lee said he never sang in front of anyone until he was a senior in college. Not even in the car with friends, windows down, radio blaring.

His songs, Mr. Lee said, are mostly about other people’s experiences. In the anthemic “Freedom” from his new album, he sings “Freedom is seldom found by beatin’ someone to the ground.” His inspiration was a fistfight between two of his students, but the song could just as easily be about Iraq, Rodney King or civil rights.

In “Careless,” another song on the album, he sings about a man betrayed by a friend who sleeps with his lover. The last line, “How could you be so careless with her heart,” leaves a lingering question about compassion. Like his idols, John Prine and Bill Withers, he is intrigued by what he hasn’t experienced firsthand. “I’d like to operate from the outside, because I don’t find my story nearly as interesting as everybody else’s,” he said.

Mr. Lee weeded through nearly 50 new songs for his new album. Promoting his first album, he logged countless miles on the road. He is likely to do the same with his sophomore effort.

As for the students Mr. Lee left behind after two years’ teaching in Philadelphia public schools (sometimes as a substitute), he figures they all got the best deal. “I left because I wasn’t doing a good job,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I was doing the kind of work that I could put my heart into.”

Mr. Lee’s fall tour will take him through December. “I love what I do, so I don’t mind working,” he said. “I’ll work as much as I have to, ’cause it’s a labor of love for me.”

Just don’t call him the male Norah Jones. He’s Amos Lee.
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Postby Turk » Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:31 pm

Anyone who hasn't checked out this fantastic musician should do so.

Hear his first album Last Days At The Lodge here.....

Listen to even more of his stuff on Last FM for free.

Then purchase his records.
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Postby Turk » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:38 am

Amos Lee's new album Mission Bell will be released Jan. 25th and MSN.com will preview it in full starting on Tuesday the 18th. In December Amos did a live show recorded by NPR.
This cut is from that show.
It's called "Violin."
Check it out.
http://www.box.net/shared/21aiogbi25

Tracklist for Mission Bell:
1. El Camino
2. Windows Are Rolled Down
3. Violin (featuring Sam Beam)
4. Flower
5. Stay With Me (featuring Priscilla Ahn)
6. Out Of The Cold (featuring Pieta Brown)
7. Jesus (featuring James Gadson)
8. Hello Again
9. Learned A Lot
10. Cup Of Sorrow
11. Clear Blue Eyes (featuring Lucinda Williams)
12. Behind Me Now / El Camino Reprise (featuring Willie Nelson)

Had this been released in 2010, it would have easily been my favorite.
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Postby Jen » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:08 pm

oh I like him. a LOT. he'll be in san diego soon so yay!

priscilla ahn!
lucinda!

this is gonna be good :D
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Postby sfboy » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:25 am

I first heard Amos opening for none other than Patty herself. We missed a few of his songs, unfortunately. He was just great :) His new CD comes out the same day as his concert here in SF, which we got tickets to. (It sold out, so I feel really lucky to have tickets and happy that he's selling out the Fillmore.) I"ll let you know how the show is. This new song Violin is wonderful. :) I truly love his music. To me he's sort of like a male Rickie Lee Jones.

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