Amythyst Kiah

Agent: Chris Colbourn
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“Kiah is an important and innovative presence in contemporary traditional music. Describing herself as a “Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter,” Amythyst has a repertoire that honors tradition while crossing genres to illuminate many common threads.” ~ Sam Gleaves, The Bluegrass Situation

“In delivering her own mature, carefully-structured songs, Amythyst displayed the confidence to exploit her impressive vocal range without inhibition, assuming an almost spiritual presence. The tenor of her delivery held the room, with a welcome absence of audience chatter which blights so many gigs, her well-judged rhythmic percussive guitar picking the ideal accompaniment for her set.” ~ David Innes, Bluesandmoreagain

A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past.

Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).

Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.

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Amythyst Kiah on Tour:

Date City Location Venue

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Alexandria

VA

Birchmere

Fri, 29 Sep 2017

Winston-Salem

NC

Bailey Park

Fri, 6 Oct 2017

Cumberland

KY

Kingdom Come Swappin Meetin & Black Bear

Sat, 7 Oct 2017

Morehead

KY

Morehead Pride Festival

Thu, 19 Oct 2017

Durham

NC

Bullpen

Wed, 25 Oct 2017

New York

NY

Leonard Nimu Thalia At Symphony Space

Thu, 26 Oct 2017

Hopewell

NJ

Hopewell Theater

Fri, 27 Oct 2017

Washington

DC

Pearl Street Warehouse

Sat, 18 Nov 2017

Wilmington

DE

Baby Grand Theatre

Sun, 19 Nov 2017

Saratoga Springs

NY

Caffe Lena

Fri, 8 Dec 2017

Winston-Salem

NC

The Barn at Reynolda Village

Fri, 16 Feb 2018

East Lansing

MI

MSU Community Music School

Sat, 17 Mar 2018

Warren

RI

Hope & Main