Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Amos Lee's new album "Mission Bell" is out 1/25 on Blue Note. He plays New Year's Eve in Northampton at the Calvin Theatre.

Remarkable and moving Philadelphia singer/songwriter Amos Lee will headline the Calvin Theatre in Northampton this New Year's Eve. His new album Mission Bell will be released January 25 on Blue Note Records.  Mission Bell is Amos Lee’s fourth album for EMI’s Blue Note Records, and his richest and most fully formed album to date. The album, which was produced by Joey Burns of the acclaimed band Calexico, displays both range and cohesion, an array of emotions unified by Lee’s eclectic taste and distinctive vocals. With a remarkable set of guests—including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and James Gadson—and the musical backing of Calexico, the album marks the arrival of Amos Lee as a mature artist who continues to explore his musical and thematic interests.

Lee is a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter who has released three critically and commercially successful albums on Blue Note Records—2005’s Amos Lee, 2006’s Supply And Demand, and 2008’s Last Days At The Lodge. His music has been called “anthemic” by The New York Times and “seductive” by Vanity Fair, while the Philadelphia Inquirer waxed rhapsodic about “his compact, well-constructed songs, slightly southern drawl, and sensitive delivery that balances jazzy crooning and blue-eyed soul work within classic archetypes.” The Associated Press has praised his “gloriously sexy voice” and People magazine declared him “one of pop’s best-kept secrets.”

Lee has toured with legends including Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, and Elvis Costello. He has appeared on the The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Show With David Letterman, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, Live From Abbey Road, Austin City Limits and the Tavis Smiley Show. He has been the subject of feature profiles in Rolling Stone and on NPR All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Amos Lee's New Year's Eve show at the Calvin is supported by fellow Philly native Mutlu whose music is a clever blend of soul, reggae, hip-hop, and Brazilian jazz deriving inspiration from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. 

Tickets for Amos Lee plus Mutlu, 8PM, Friday, December 31st at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton are $28.50 and $38.50 at the Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.

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