Amythyst Kiah

Agent: Chris Colbourn
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“Kiah stands out for her ability to fuse the old with the new” -The Washington Post

“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

Tue, 24 Apr 2018

Madison

GA

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Wed, 25 Apr 2018

Chaleston

Sc

Charleston Music Hall w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Thu, 3 May 2018

Louisville

KY

Churchill Downs

Sat, 26 May 2018

Galax

VA

Blue Ridge Music Center

Fri, 1 Jun 2018

Whitesburg

KY

Appalshop's Seedtime Festival

Thu, 7 Jun 2018

Floyd

VA

Floyd Small Town Summer Event Series

Sat, 9 Jun 2018

Washington

DC

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival

Sun, 10 Jun 2018

Burlington

VT

Discover Jazz Festival w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Tue, 12 Jun 2018

Fall River

MA

Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Kennett Square

PA

Longwood Gardens w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Fri, 15 Jun 2018

Lowell

MA

Lowell Summer Music Series w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Wed, 20 Jun 2018

Ridgefield

CT

The Ridgefield Playhouse w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Thu, 21 Jun 2018

Boothbay Harbor

ME

The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Fri, 22 Jun 2018

Cold Spring

NY

Restoration Roadhouse

Sat, 23 Jun 2018

Katonah

NY

American Roots Music Festival

Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Lake Placid

NY

Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Wed, 27 Jun 2018

Buffalo

NY

Aabury Hall @ Babeville w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Thu, 28 Jun 2018

Frankfort

KY

The Grand Theatre w/ Rhiannon Giddens

Fri, 29 Jun 2018

Chattanooga

TN

Nightfall Concert Series

Fri, 6 Jul 2018

Winnipeg

Canada

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Sat, 7 Jul 2018

Winnipeg

Canada

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Sun, 8 Jul 2018

Winnipeg

Canada

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Fri, 24 Aug 2018

Woodstock

VT

Brown Bag Series

Sat, 15 Sep 2018

Johnson City

TN

Tri-Cities Pride Parade & Festival