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Singer and songwriter Amos Lee will make his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut on Wednesday, August 6 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall as part of the second leg of his 2014 Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song Tour. His recent fall and winter headline tour 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.
Tickets to Amos Lee Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song Tour start at $39 and will go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PST. Single tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about groups of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
For his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Lee has created an outstanding synthesis of blues, gospel, country and funk, bundled into one stunning CD that topped the Americana charts for two consecutive months. The twelve songs that evolved are the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell which contained the No. 1 Triple A radio hit "Windows Are Rolled Down," and bring Lee into new sonic territory, while retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters and stories in his writing. He worked in a new city (Nashville, TN) with a new producer (Jay Joyce), and, for the first time, brought his touring band into the studio with him. The album features special collaborations with Alison Krauss joining Lee for "Chill in the Air" and Patty Griffin lending her voice to "Mountains of Sorrow."
"I enjoy the unplanned things that happen in the studio," says Lee. "The shapes that things take, the manipulation of sounds - it's a learning process for me. I can't do that when I'm just writing on my guitar. Usually, the stuff you like the most wasn't what was planned anyway, so I try not to put too much pressure on it because then the fun leaves."
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 Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Calexico and 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) and Mission Bell (2011) which entered the Billboard 200, Amazon, and iTunes charts at No. 1. Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song (2013) has received excellent reviews from fans and media alike. Lee is a supporter of Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.