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

Fri, 6 Jul 2018

Winnipeg

MB

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Sat, 7 Jul 2018

Winnipeg

MB

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Sun, 8 Jul 2018

Winnipeg

MB

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Sat, 11 Aug 2018

Burnaby

BC

BURNABY BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL

Fri, 24 Aug 2018

Woodstock

VT

Brown Bag Series

Sat, 1 Sep 2018

ELKIN

NC

REEVES THEATER

Fri, 14 Sep 2018

NASHVILLE

TN

AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

Sat, 15 Sep 2018

Johnson City

TN

Tri-Cities Pride Parade & Festival

Sun, 23 Sep 2018

BRISTOL

VA

BRISTOL RHYTHM & ROOTS REUNION

Thu, 27 Sep 2018

LITTLE ROCK

AR

SOUTH ON MAIN