August 23, 2007

Evolution of ... Amos Lee

I first got hooked on Amos Lee with his first single, Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight, on 104.7 The Point. The minute I heard it, I was driving to school, and did a bit of a mad search in my car for a piece of paper and pencil to write down the artist.
Lee was a school teacher in Philadelphia, and was able to get an EP together, Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight, which was enough to impress singer Norah Jones, who was in the area at the time. She invited him along on her tour, which has gotten Lee started. Right off the bat, his laid back blues-y style is really something, coupled with his lyrics.

In 2005, he went on to release his first, self titled album, which included Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight, which remains one of the best songs that he's got out. He continued with other excellent ones, keeping the blues and folk sound.
In 2006, Lee released a second album, Supply and Demand. Already, he's been getting some media and drama attention, as several of his songs were used in major TV programs. Shout Out Loud was released in the pilot for one program, Six Degrees, while a song from his prior album, Colors, was used in House, MD. Supply and Demand takes him more to a folk / acoustic guitar sound, while leaving behind some of the blues (not all of them), while even getting a little into politics. It was right after this second album that I was able to see him live, which was a fantastic show, although he seemed to be a bit tired from the tour.

There's a good article on Lee here, at the New York Times (Registration Required)

Colors - Amos Lee
Night Train - Amos Lee