:: The most beautiful collection of songs. Listen to the entire album now!
Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon has returned with his fifth studio album Lily-O last weeks and it’s absolutely wonderful. The collection of reimagined folk songs follows last year’s Bright Sunny South which had been Amidon’s first release after signing with Nonesuch Records.
Lily-O was officially released in North America on September 30, 2014 via Nonesuch Records. UK/Europe saw release on September 29, Germany/Austria/Switzerland follow only on November 07. For now, the album is available as download and CD. Physical release on 12″ vinyl LP follows on October 27. CD and LP include mp3 download. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order/pre-order your physical copy of Lily-O directly from Nonesuch Records.
The album is streaming in its entirety over at Spotify. Check it out, Lily-O is absolutely beautiful! Above, you can listen to the album opener Walkin’ Boss. Sam Amidon is currently touring North America with his band, check out the upcoming dates below.
Amidon’s versions of ten mostly traditonal folk songs from varying sources were recorded in Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik together with producer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Feist), jazz guitarist/composer Bill Frisell as well as Sam’s frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro.
In a label press release, Amidon said of the recording: “I decided to put us all in a room together in Reykjavik for a few days,” Amidon said. “I knew if I got Bill together with those guys they would get into a deep situation. I imagined that we would do something weird and fiddle-based, but when we got in there it just felt great to sing the songs I had gathered. Recording took about four days. I’d teach them the basic structure of the song; we’d do a few takes, and move on to a new one. There’s maybe one or two overdubs but otherwise you’re hearing what we played.”
01. Walkin’ Boss
02. Down The Line
03. Blue Mountains
04. Pat Do This, Pat Do That
06. Groundhog Variations
07. Won’t Turn Back
08. Maid Lamenting
09. Your Lone Journey
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 11 Oct 2014 // Seattle, WA, USA // Abbey Arts presents at Ballard Homestead
Mon 13 Oct 2014 // San Francisco, CA, USA // Great American Music Hall
Tue 14 Oct 2014 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // Largo at the Coronet
Thu 16 Oct 2014 // Vienna, VA, USA // The Barns at Wolf Trap
Fri 17 Oct 2014 // Philadelphia, PA, USA // FringeArts
Sat 18 Oct 2014 // Brooklyn, NY, USA // Music Hall of Williamsburg
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
Jack McManus − Interview: Sam Amidon
More ‘Sam Amidon’ on Music Pickings:
2013, May 23 − As I Roved Out [Official Video] / New Album ‘Bright Sunny South’ (2013/05/14)