Amythyst Kiah is a commanding live performer blessed with an unforgettable voice. She combines the political and the deeply personal in a spellbinding examination of grief, alienation, healing, self-respect and love in all its incarnations.
Her debut album Wary + Strange marks the glorious combination of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion and the roots/old-time music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years.
The Tennessee singer-songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed as part of all-women-of-colour supergroup Our Native Daughters. Their Kiah-penned standout 'Black Myself' earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the 2019 Folk Alliance International Awards. Wary + Strange earned her multiple Americana Music Association Award nominations both in the US and UK in 2021.
“Amythyst Kiah will remind you what it is to love live music” (No Depression)
Early James performs tracks from his new album Strange Time To Be Alive.
With the charmed eccentricity of a true poet, the Alabama-bred singer/songwriter takes in the endless absurdity he sees around him. He then alchemizes his unease into a glorious patchwork of musical idioms. Expect forsaken blues and contemplative folk songs, brooding murder ballads and lovestruck piano tunes.
The lyrical wordsmith conjures the ghosts of great southern gothic writers. From Eudora Welty to William Faulkner, while channelling the haunted spirits of Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt.
Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Dan Auerbach, the album evokes a timeless amalgam of forsaken blues, wistful folk and Tin Pan Alley crooning. All anchored by the singer’s unmistakable voice that sways from gravel-filled shouts to a pained, forlorn whisper
"James’ eclectic approach is brilliantly idiosyncratic. No one sounds like him. Or even comes close." (American Songwriter)