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

Sat, 29 Apr 2017

Brooklyn

NY

Brooklyn Folk Festival

Sun, 30 Apr 2017

Phoenix

AZ

MIM MUSIC THEATER MATINEE W/ RHIANNON GIDDENS

Sun, 30 Apr 2017

Phoenix

AZ

MIM Music Theater w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Tue, 2 May 2017

Albuquerque

NM

National Hispanic Cultural Center w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Wed, 3 May 2017

Dallas

TX

The Kessler Theater w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Sat, 6 May 2017

Atlanta

GA

Variety Playhouse w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Sun, 7 May 2017

Chapel Hill

NC

Memorial Hall w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Tue, 9 May 2017

Washington

DC

Lincoln Theatre w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Thu, 11 May 2017

Savannah

GA

The Jinx

Fri, 12 May 2017

Atlanta

GA

Shaky Knees Festival

Sat, 13 May 2017

Atlanta

GA

Shaky Knees Festival

Sun, 14 May 2017

Atlanta

GA

Shaky Knees Fesetival

Sat, 20 May 2017

Winson-Salem

NC

Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art

Fri, 2 Jun 2017

Abingdon

VA

The Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival

Sat, 3 Jun 2017

Canton

NC

Opulent Possum House Concert Series

Sat, 26 Aug 2017

Galax

VA

Blue Ridge Music Center