AMY BLACK BAND AT SANDYWOODS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013 - AMY BLACK BAND
8 pm, doors open 7:30 pm
BYOB & BYOF
$18 advance, $20 at the door
Amy Black is a Boston-based singer/songwriter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood. She burst onto the Boston scene a few short years ago, and in record time she and her band have become one of the most sought-after new acts in New England, sharing the stage with Chris Isaak, The Courtyard Hounds, Rodney Crowell, and Joe Ely, and playing to packed houses across the region. Black also recently made her mark down south as a featured artist on the live radio show "Music City Roots" hosted by Jim Lauderdale and as a headliner at The Basement in Nashville and Eddie's Attic in Georgia at the Americana Music Association's annual event.
Black's background is as refreshingly honest as her music. "My parents are from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama," Amy explains. "But my dad is a preacher so we moved around a lot when I was a kid. I grew up in Missouri and Alabama and, when I was 16, my parents moved the family to Boston. Talk about culture shock!" Several times a year Amy would return to her family's Alabama hometown where her granddad, Thomas Reuben Jones, remained a core influence. "His stories were so rich with detail and he loved telling them. He was a bit of a showman and I think he passed that on me."
Amy sang publicly throughout her teens and fronted bands in college, but she did little with her music for nearly a decade. Her love for singing, however, would not be quelled. "About five years ago," she says, "I told myself 'it's now or never.'" Black and her band started performing fresh takes on classic covers by her influences, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and her original influence, Bonnie Raitt. All she planned to do was sing, but Black quickly discovered she had songwriting skills of her own and began to add originals to her live show.
In April of 2011, she released her sophomore album "One Time," made up primarily of those originals. The album's sound is fueled by a rich mix of folk, blues, classic country, and gritty soul that embodies Amy's distinctive and powerful vocals. Critics recognize that this newcomer's voice is one not to take lightly. Amy's powerful voice and presence are matched by the commanding range of her own writing.Through it all, the tracks glow with a mix of traditional acoustic instrumentation along with tasteful accents of electric guitar. Amy's gift of conjuring flesh and blood characters and emotions leaves an indelible mark. "Real American roots music is born from adversity," she says. "Loving, lying, drinking, dying, and going to heaven not necessarily in that order."
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