Sam Amidon Brings Reimagined Folk Tunes to Williamsburg

October 15th, 2014

Singer, songwriter, fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Sam Amidon grew up in Vermont listening to a variety of folk music, thanks to his musician parents. And, fittingly, his most recent release—his fifth LP—Lily-O (stream it below), is filled with reimagined folk songs. Amidon (above, performing “Walkin’ Boss” for Radio Woodstock) recorded the album in Iceland with jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell (whom Amidon calls “one of my major heroes. It’s, like, Miles Davis, an Irish fiddler named Tommy Peoples and Bill Frisell”), bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro. The Guardian calls Lily-O “a compellingly quiet, intense affair that is remarkable both for the power of his understated, no-nonsense and often mournful vocals, and for the subtle arrangements that bring an urgency to his mostly traditional American songs and hymns.” Amidon is currently touring the country in support of the album, and he plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night, alongside Frisell and Ismaily.