Amos Lee gets cozy with indie rockers, folk heroes, and country legends

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What do Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Calexico, and Iron And Wine’s Sam Beam all have in common? They’re all guests on Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Amos Lee‘s new album, Mission Bell (due January 25 on Blue Note Records). Mission Bell was produced by Joey Burns of Calexico and also features guest appearances from singer-songwriters Priscilla Ahn and Pieta Brown as well as legendary drummer James Gadson.

How did Lee connect with Calexico? After a chance meeting, Lee decided to go out to the band’s Wavelab Studio in Tucson and try some recording. “The musicality that those guys bring is just amazing,” Lee says. “It was especially nice to work with John and get a very different texture rhythmically. They’re great at creating atmosphere—sonically, they brought a beautiful dimension into a lot of the songs, and helped them to expand and breathe more.”

The track listing for Mission Bell is as follows:

1. El Camino
2. Windows Are Rolled Down
3. Violin (featuring Sam Beam)
4. Flower
5. Stay With Me (featuring Priscilla Ahn)
6. Out Of The Cold (featuring Pieta Brown)
7. Jesus (featuring James Gadson)
8. Hello Again
9. Learned A Lot
10. Cup Of Sorrow
11. Clear Blue Eyes (featuring Lucinda Williams)
12. Behind Me Now / El Camino Reprise (featuring Willie Nelson)

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  • Sueraye17

    can't wait, love me some Amos!

  • deem

    couln't have dreamed of a more interesting pairing on a song than Amos & Lucinda. ready to hear that~

  • http://taftastic.wordpress.com/ Lee

    Stay with me featuring Priscilla Ahn might be the best news I have heard in a long time. I can't wait!

  • Helen

    Amos Lee was one of our first Artists to Watch in 2003…. and this was the write up:

    Highly influenced by soul, folk, and blues music, Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition. Taking inspiration from soul greats Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway as well as from folk legends John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Amos delivers a unique breed of folky soul music that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire. Amos has recently been touring both in Europe and here on the North American Tour with Norah Jones. He played the WXPN Singer Songwriter Weekend Festival on July 18 in Philadelphia. You can pick up his EP at his shows or through CD Baby.

    • ABM

      The first single off Mission Bell, “Windows Rolled Down”, sounds less like soul and more like folk-rock.

  • Hgbrecording

    so glad i got to be there during some of the tracking amos, joey and everyone down at wavelabs are truly amzing and inspiring

  • Bjunebugmoore

    Amos Lee with Willie Nelson? Can't wait for that one!

  • http://www.lolatini.com Celeste

    I can't wait! Madly in love with my Amos!!

  • http://www.fuelfriendsblog.com heather

    Wow, cannot wait for this one. I adore him so. Thanks for the news, BW.

  • Bmarcy2

    Has Amos Lee ever played with Zack Brown Band?