Concerts & Events

Thursday, November 15, 2018  ·  8:00 PM

Amy Ray and her Band

with special guest Amythyst Kiah

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000


Amy Ray

For over 30 years, Amy Ray has been renowned as one half of the Grammy-award winning folk duo Indigo Girls. She is also a community activist and has had an indie label, Daemon Records, since 1989. With her debut solo album, Stag (2001), Ray turned in her acoustic for an electric and delivered a critically acclaimed album that showed her love of punk and rock. Since then, she has released five more solo rock albums; Prom, Didn't It Feel Kinder, Live from Knoxville, Lung of Love, and MVP Live. Her first foray into country music came with her traditional country / Americana release, Goodnight Tender, in 2014. She followed up with the release, The Tender Hour, in 2015, a live recording of her country and rock exploits from The Triple Door, in Seattle as well as Indigo Girls studio album, One Lost Day.

Amy Ray and her band's new country album, Holler will be released on September, 28th 2018. It was recorded live to tape at her mainstay Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, with the added power and swagger of horns and strings that harken back to the country music of the late 60's. Holler features special guests: Alison Brown on banjo, Kofi Burbridge on keys, Derek Trucks on guitar, Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Justin Vernon, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Phil Cook on harmonies.

Amy and her band will be hitting the road throughout the Fall of 2018 and beyond.

http://amy-ray.com/


Amythyst Kiah

A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah's commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, she studied old time music and music performance, and it proved to be a pivotal moment in her life as she transformed from a long-time closet musician into a well-rounded, captivating performer.

Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst's toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).

Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah's ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.

https://amythystkiah.com