Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song (Blue Note Records), the follow-up to Amos Lee’s chart-topping Mission Bell, is available now. The 12-song collection was produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Cage the Elephant) and features special guests Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson and Family) and Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band).
Lee will celebrate the album’s release with a performance on “Late Show with David Letterman” tonight. He will appear on “CBS Saturday Morning” on October 19.
“The Man Who Wants You,” the first single from the album, is already a Top 20 hit at Triple A radio. Rolling Stone praised “The Man Who Wants You” as “stomping and soulful” and premiered the accompanying video, which was shot inside a facility that presses vinyl records.
The New York Times said, “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song is a serenely sure-footed effort from Amos Lee, a singer-songwriter who rarely delivers anything else. Drawing from folk rock and rustic country music, the album has conversationally catchy melodies; lyrics about hard times and modest yearnings…” “Lee is at his best on hushed numbers like ‘Chill in the Air’ and ‘Indonesia,’ where his emotional evocative croon carries the music,” observed Billboard, which also singled out ‘High Water’ and ‘The Man Who Wants You’ as “compelling.”
Lee, who recently performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” will kick off a U.S. tour with his band on November 5 at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI. The headline run will include a show at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago (November 8), a two-night stand at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium (limited tickets are available for November 13, but November 14 is sold out) and an evening at the Beacon Theatre in New York City (November 22). Lee is donating $1 from each ticket sold for the November tour to Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. See below for itinerary or visit Lee’s website.
In late September, Lee performed at Farm Aid (VIEW Amos’ rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come” here), dueted with Jack Johnson at The Life Is Good Festival (VIEW the pair performing here), made his Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, joined Zac Brown at his Southern Ground Music & Food Festival and opened for Lionel Richie.
"I love his songs. I love his music. He’s like soul concentrate,” said Zac Brown. Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson has called Lee “an exceptional artist, a true story teller, unique to his generation.”
Amos Lee – Fall 2013 U.S. Tour Dates
10/20 – Clearwater, FL @ Clearwater Jazz Festival
11/5 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/8 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
11/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre-Murat Theatre
11/10 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
11/13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/14 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/16 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/18 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
11/19 – Charlottesville, VA @ Paramount Theater
11/20 – Baltimore, MD @ The Lyric Opera House
11/22 – New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre
11/23 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/24 – Westhampton Beach, NY @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
11/26 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
11/27 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
11/30 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre