Amythyst Kiah

Homebase:U.S.

Genre:Southern Gothic Singer Songwriter/Americana
“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.

Compositeur-interprete basée à Johnson City, Tennessee, la présence scénique d’Amythyst Kiah n’a d’égal que sa puissance vocale – un son hypnotique et bouleversant qui fait résonner le passé. Aussi à l’aise au banjo, qu’à la guitare où au “full band”?, le génie d’Amythyst est également alimenter par sa formation en musique traditionnelle africaine-américaine. Ses influences sont variées et puisent dans plusieurs décénies de l’histoire de la musique (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family). Elle s’inspire également des sons R&B et des chanteurs à voix des années 50 à 70 et se laisse influencée par d’autres artistes contemporains à la vois marquée (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae). Sa récente tournée en Ecosse et en Angleterre permet à Amythyst de se produire au Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, et SummerTyne Americana Festival. Parmi les favoris au Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., le groupe se produit également au John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, et au the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Avec un style féroce et parfois provocant, Amythyst Kiah propose des tonalités entre le blues et une réinterprétation des classiques très innovantes et simplement innoubliables.

Performance Lineup:

04/28/2018 2:30 pm Scène TV5 MONDE Lafayette
04/29/2018 3:30 pm Scène TV5 MONDE Lafayette
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