Sam Amidon releases Bright Sunny South on May 13 2013

sam amidonTo coincide with the release of his Nonesuch Records debut, Sam Amidon will play a show at Bush Hall in London on May 23.

Nonesuch Records releases the new album, Bright Sunny South, on May 13. Produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) and recorded in London, the record features a band made up of Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. Amidon himself not only sings but also plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and piano on the album. It includes the single ‘My Old Friend’, which is featured below.

Amidon describes Bright Sunny South as a “a lonesome record” and a return to the more spare sound of his 2007 self-recorded debut, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted: “There was an atmospheric quality to my last two records; those albums are like a garden of sounds,” says Amidon, “but this one is more of a journey, a winding path. The band comes rushing in and then they disappear. It comes from more of a darker, internal space.” A longtime admirer of Boys’ work, Amidon was particularly enamoured of his recordings with Martin Carthy in the 1970s, as well as the Ali Farka Touré/Toumani Diabaté duet albums on World Circuit/Nonesuch: “Those are so beautiful. I listened to all of that. I loved the sense of documentation, the unadorned quality. Everything sounded so clear.”

The Vermont-born and raised, London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. In addition to country ballads and shape-note hymns, Bright Sunny South features interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including Tim McGraw’s ‘My Old Friend’ and Mariah Carey’s ‘Shake It Off’. The record also includes a version of ‘Weeping Mary’, a shape-note hymn that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, had recorded with the Vermont-based Word of Mouth Chorus for Nonesuch Records on the 1977 disc Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns From the Sacred Harp Tradition.

Bright Sunny South follows 2010’s critically acclaimed I See the Sign, which earned Amidon praise from SPIN for his ‘Quirky alchemy…contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents’

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In addition to his solo albums, Amidon has collaborated on performances pieces with musical polymath Nico Muhly, toured as part of Thomas Bartlett’s group Doveman and the Brooklyn band Stars Like Fleas, collaborated with Beth Orton, and embarked on a series of live shows with the guitarist Bill Frisell.

Artist’s website: www.samamidon.com

Eugene Twist – The Boy Who Had Everything

If it’s possible to emerge studied, grounded and with a Clint Eastwood snarl, from the eye of an intense musical storm, Glasgow’s Eugene Twist is your man. At 25, he maintains a fiercely individualistic sense of creativity in his songwriting, nurtured from an early exposure to artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Pixies and Buena Vista Social Club. As a longtime composer and multi-instrumentalist, Eugene has always explored intuitively on the path to finding his own voice. The result: an effortless pop sensibility, seasoned musicality and killer narrative are equally at home in an ethereal landscape as they are in his sophisticated ballads.

Eugene’s self-produced debut album ‘The Boy Who Had Everything’ is tailored to anyone seeking a new voice in songwriting: One that has not fallen contrived to the overwhelming stylistic pressures of contemporary song but rather holds its own torch high in the name of organic expression. As the title perhaps intends, it is a homage to the cultivations of a far-reaching artistic upbringing and vow to a constant sharpening of identity and craft.

EUGENE TWIST – THE BOY WHO HAD EVERYTHING – Out July 9th on Tough Act Records

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“Unbelievably accomplished and inspired, definitely one of my tips for 2012”

Vic Galloway – BBC Radio Scotland

“An amazing journey to an era of musical idealism”

Mark Plati – Producer: David Bowie / The Cure

“You’re going to be hearing a lot more about him on our show”

Ricky Ross ‘Another Country’ – BBC Radio Scotland