Bright Sunny South - Amidon, Sam
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New album – his first for Nonesuch – from the acclaimed American folk singer/instrumentalist.
The album was co-produced by Doveman (a.k.a Thomas Bartlett) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) A longtime admirer of Boys' work, Amidon was particularly enamoured of his recordings with Martin Carthy in the 1970s, as well as the Ali Farka Touré/Toumani Diabaté duet albums on World Circuit/Nonesuch.
The Vermont-born and raised, London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. In addition to country ballads and shape-note hymns, Bright Sunny South features interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including Tim McGraw's "My Old Friend" and Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off." The record also includes a version of "Weeping Mary" a shape-note hymn that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, had recorded with the Vermont-based Word of Mouth Chorus for Nonesuch Records on the 1977 disc Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from the Sacred Harp Tradition.
- Bright Sunny South
- I Wish I Wish
- Short Life
- My Old Friend
- He's Taken My Feet
- As I Roved Out
- Shake It Off
- Streets of Derry
- Weeping Mary