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Born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont, SAM AMIDON released his 4th album of radically re-worked folk songs this year on Nonesuch Records. Amidon calls Bright Sunny South "an interior, wandering journey through your own soul." Amidon sings and plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and piano on the album. He types at 120 words per minute - that's pretty fast! In fact, he is typing this right now. Later, somebody will edit it.
Bright Sunny South follows 2010’s critically acclaimed I See the Sign (Bedroom Community), which earned Amidon praise from SPIN, noting his “quirky alchemy…contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents” and Pitchfork, which said, “[Amidon’s] interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) they existed before.”
Prior to I See the Sign, Amidon released But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research, 2007) and All Is Well (Bedroom Community, 2008). In addition to his solo albums, Amidon has collaborated with Nico Muhly, Beth Orton, and Bill Frisell, and previously toured as a member of the bands Doveman and Stars Like Fleas.