I don’t really want to call Sam Amidon a folk singer. He plays acoustic guitars and banjo and sings traditional Appalachian tunes, but does so much more with this than anyone else performing live music today. Whether he’s re-imagining R. Kelly’s “Relief” or telling a stream of consciousness tale about Christian colleges and Don Cheadle, he is extremely captivating and refreshingly innovative.
Last night Amidon played at Glasslands with Lone Wolf and The Great Republic of Rough and Ready. Along with him on stage was Shahzad Ismaily, a frequent collaborator. The set was a mixture of songs from I See the Sign and All Is Well, two wonderful albums by Amidon.