Singer and songwriter Amos Lee is extending the U.S. leg of his 2014 Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song Tour through the summer. His fall and winter headline dates included sold-out shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, ACL Live in Austin and the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Lee will be joined by band members, Freddie Berman, drums; Zach Djanikian, mandolin; Annie Clements, bass and vocals; Andy Keenan, guitar, banjo and vocals, and Jaron Olevsky, keyboards.
Prior to summer’s kick off, Lee will play a series of European dates, including two sold-out shows at Paradiso in Amsterdam. He will return to the States for a jam-packed summer headlining amphitheaters, numerous dates opening for Jack Johnson and mainstage performances at top festivals including The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival (May 17), where he’ll be performing with a gospel choir. He also will perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (June 12-15) and the Firefly Music Festival (June 17-19). Lee will be accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra when he plays his first headline show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 1.
In a recent concert review, the Kansas City Star described Lee as “a chameleonic singer/songwriter, who glided seamlessly from one genre to the next: from country and folk to gospel, acoustic and electric blues and R&B…with a soulful voice, which can be as sweet as it is brawny.”
The Philadelphia native is touring in support of his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song (Blue Note Records), an outstanding synthesis of blues, gospel, country, and funk, bundled into one stunning CD that topped the Americana charts for two consecutive months. The album is a follow-up to 2011’s chart-topping Mission Bell which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Rock Albums charts and contained the No. 1 Triple A radio hit “Windows Are Rolled Down.”
The New York Times hailed Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song as a “serenely sure-footed effort from Amos Lee, a singer-songwriter who rarely delivers anything else,” and Elmore observed, “‘Mountains of Sorrow’ may be Lee’s finest yet.” Entertainment Weekly praised his “strikingly soulful voice” while Paste noted, “Lee makes sorrow shimmer…Like Jackson Browne for another generation, Lee understands the staining traces of love.” The album, which Lee recorded with his touring band, was produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Cage the Elephant) and features guest vocals by Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin.
Lee performed "The Man Who Wants You," the first single from Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the latest single, "Chill in the Air," on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Fans can see Lee performing "Johnson Blvd" on CBS This Morning, listen to a "World Cafe" NPR session, interview with Tavis Smiley and check out stripped-down versions of several tracks from the new album in his Yahoo! Music’s Ram Country session. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, visit here.
With the release of his self-titled debut for Blue Note Records in 2004, Amos Lee immediately earned the attention of not only the press and discerning music fans, but also of his fellow artists. The former schoolteacher has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Calexico and the Zac Brown Band, and has been touted as a favorite songwriter and performer by the likes of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. He followed his debut with Supply and Demand (2006), Last Days at the Lodge (2008), Mission Bell (2011) and most recently Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song (2013).