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

Sat, 6 Oct 2018

FLOYD

VA

FLOYD RADIO SHOW

Thu, 8 Nov 2018

NEW YORK

NY

SYMPHONY SPACE

Sat, 10 Nov 2018

DANVILLE

VA

BRIGHT LEAF BREW FEST

Tue, 13 Nov 2018

NELSONVILLE

OH

STUART'S OPERA HOUSE W/ AMY RAY

Wed, 14 Nov 2018

ANN ARBOR

MI

THE ARK W/ AMY RAY

Thu, 15 Nov 2018

CHICAGO

IL

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC W/ AMY RAY

Mon, 17 Dec 2018

TAMPA

FL

STRAZ CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS