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Amythyst Kiah at the String Jam Club
February 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11th February 2017
Eclectic Southern Gothic, bluegrass, alt-country blues singer-songwriter from Tennessee
Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based out of Johnson City, TN, which has been her permanent residence for nearly a decade. She has been performing in what is known as the Tri-Cities (Bristol, TN/VA, Johnson City, TN, Kingsport, TN) and in various parts of Southwest Virginia.
Not only are her influences eclectic, but they span across decades. A classical guitar player since high school with a degree in bluegrass music, she accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and banjo, drawing heavily on Old Time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family) and is inspired by the vocal stylings of R&B and country music from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She also draws heavily from contemporary artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae, Thom Yorke, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt) so there’s something for everyone here. A recent review in The Scotsman of her second appearance at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival described her as “striding through mournful, rootsy country blues in assured style, but her voice lent truly resonant new life to Vera Hall’s Trouble So Hard and Another Man Done Gone, the rich bluegrass of the Carter Family’s Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow Tree, and Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead, her chief childhood influence.” This will be an interestingly eclectic and authentic evening from a young woman with an impressively big and expressive voice.
Needless to say, Amythyst has got a lot of tools in her vocal tool box, and is also well on her way to join the powerhouse vocalist pantheon. Her sound on her solo album, “Dig”, is raw and sparse, with heavy lyrical content regarding such themes as loss, betrayal, and murder. In November 2016, she released a band EP as Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest Of Glass to great acclaim.
She has opened for such acts as Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, The Duhks, Megan Jean and the KFB, and has played the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival 2012 alongside the Ebony Hillbillies and Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, and has performed on Music City Roots. She has also performed at the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington, DC and travelled Scotland and the UK performing at a number of major festivals including Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Belladrum, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. Her visit to String Jam Club will form part of her first major headline tour.
“She has rising talent written all over her. A 29-year-old with a striking shock of hair and a huskily expressive voice which modulates between strength and tenderness, Kiah strides comfortably across jazz, blues and even country styles.” (THE SCOTSMAN)
“An important and innovative presence in contemporary traditional music.” (THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION)
Tickets £12, available from the venue by phone 01750-721233 (card bookings incur 50p card transaction fee). Tickets will be reserved for collection on the night.
15% discount off hotel restaurant meals for String Jam Club ticket holders 6 – 7 pm (advance table reservation advised).
DOORS OPEN 7.30