Amos Lee brings Spirit home

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Amos Lee | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Amos Lee | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Considering WXPN (as a community and staff) are some of the biggest Amos Lee fans around, to say we were excited to cover this show is beyond an understatement. Lee set out on his fall tour this past Friday in support of his newest album, Spirit. This stellar show made its way back to Lee’s hometown, where he was welcomed by a roaring crowd packed into the Academy of Music ballroom.

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Laurin Talese | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Opening up for Lee on the first few nights of this month-long tour is Cleveland native Laurin Talese, and damn, does this girl got some pipes! Talese ever so elegantly sauntered out onto the stage where she belted out some of the highest notes I’ve ever heard. She played a few songs off of her early 2016, Gorgeous Chaos, as well as some covers.

A few songs into her set, she sang Nancy Wilson’s “Save Your Love For Me”, which she absolutely killed. Following this cover, she talked about how she loves all types of music. She joked that one of her favorite artists we may not have heard of before. “She’s not really covered in the media a lot. Her name is Rhianna.” Laurin and the crowd shared a good laugh together. Talese followed this joke with a heartfelt cover of Rihanna’s “Stay”. Ending her set with one of her own songs, Talese exited the stage with the same grace she walked on.


Amos Lee | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Soon, the curtain fell away and Lee’s stage setup was revealed. His band walked out onto stage and started playing the instrumental beginning of “New Love,” the first song off of Spirit. The crowd was going nuts, when finally, Lee swaggered out. He took the microphone and began singing — “softer than the summer sun across my window.”

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Amos Lee | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

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Amos Lee | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Following “New Love,” Lee and his band led right into the fan favorite “Jesus”. Lee and everyone in the crowd are singing “OH JESUS CAN YOU HEEEELLLLPPP ME NOWWWWW” at the top of their lungs, a special kind of moment you just have to be there to feel.

A few songs into his set, Lee began talking about his new album, Spirit, and about how proud he is of it. He explained how he was going to play the title track next and that it’s about a really special city — New Orleans. Lee and the crowd all laughed, and Lee then said, still laughing, “I can’t write every song about Philly!”

Lee proceeded to play two songs solo acoustic, and afterwards, was joined by his band who all huddled around a single microphone to play the next three songs. A little later, Lee ended his main set with “Sweet Pea,” but the crowd wasn’t going to let up until he came back for an encore, which he did.

Lee played one last song for his hometown fans, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” an old folk hymn covered numerous times over the years, notably by Johnny Cash. You can see more photos from Lee’s Sunday night show below!

 

Amos Lee’s setlist:

New Love
Jesus
Cup of Sorrow
Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight
Seen It All Before
Spirit
Colors
Arms of a Woman
Supply and Demand
Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps
Baby I Want You
Vaporize
Won’t Let Me Go
Pony
Windows Are Rolled Down
Violin
Walls
Flower
Sweet Pea

Encore:

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

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