BLACK COMES TO MUSIC CAREER BACKWARDS, LEAVES COMFORT OF THE SUBURBS AND TAKES TO THE ROAD
Amy Black – the minister's daughter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood – is launching a national tour including a showcase during the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN. Black is an acclaimed New England-based Americana artist with a compelling voice who has been compared to Patty Griffin and has opened for stars including Chris Isaak, Rodney Crowell, and Suzy Bogguss.
No Depression has written, "Amy Black has a smooth, seductive sound that commands attention… [She] sings in a folk-styled country voice that suggests bits of Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Judy Collins, edged by the blues of Bonnie Raitt and a hint of Jennifer Nettle’s sass." Her hometown Boston Herald said, "Her album, 'One Time' [is a] a stunning debut... the beautifully imagined sound and soul of her originals make her a newcomer of note."
A latecomer to the craft of songwriting, Black spent more than a decade in the business world as a professional marketer before discovering her writing talents. She reflects, "I was always a singer. I grew up singing in church and joined a few bands in college, but I didn't know that I had it in me to write. I was sitting at my kitchen table one night and thought, 'You know, you should do something with your voice.' Fast forward five years and I'm a touring artist, singing my own music. I tell my audiences it's not too late to go after your dreams!" Black sold her comfortable suburban house and moved into an 800-square-foot rental in Somerville, MA, where she began to dedicate her time to writing, recording, and touring.
Filmed along Boston harbor, the video for "Whiskey & Wine" perfectly captures the song's contemplative nature as the character reconciles how two people so different could still love one another:
Amy's live show varies from duo as seen in this clip to full band. Several of her tour dates are with Girls Guns and Glory, about whom the Boston Globe called "Sublime… Buddy Holly-meets-Buck Owens twang ‘n’ roll," continuing, "The constant comparisons to crooners like Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett are well-deserved — and his band’s amber-soaked melodies, tight musicianship, and casual elegance were a tonic."
Girls Guns and Glory is the brainchild of Lonesome Day recording artist Ward Hayden. GGG is now an internationally touring band, a two-time winner of both the Roots Act of Year (Boston Phoenix Awards), and five-time winner of Americana Act of the Year (Boston Music Awards). GGG is also the only band of its genre to ever take home the top honors of Act of the Year (Boston Music Awards) and to win the legendary WBCN Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble.
AMY BLACK 2012 TOUR DATES
Friday, September 14, 2012 - Americana Music Festival, Convention Center - Nashville, TN
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Canterbury Shaker Village - Canterbury, NH
Friday, September 21, 2012 – The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Listen Live Music - Macungie, PA
Friday, September 28, 2012 - Iron Horse - Northampton, MA (w/ The Lori McKenna Band)
Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Johnny D's - Somerville, MA
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Off the Common Coffeehouse - Bridgewater, MA
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - The Vanilla Bean Café - Pomfret, CT (United States)
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Rodeo Bar - New York, NY (Girls Guns and Glory)
Monday, October 15, 2012 - House Concert - Sheffield, AL
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – The Bluebird Café - Nashville, TN (w/ Rod Picott & Ward Hayden, in the Round)
Friday, October 19, 2012 – The National Underground - Nashville, TN (w/ Girls Guns and Glory)
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse - Chattanooga, TN (w/ Girls Guns and Glory)
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA (w/ Girls Guns and Glory)
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA (w/ Rodney Crowell)
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - Old Sloop Coffeehouse - Rockport, MA
Sunday, November 4, 2012 - The City Island Community Center - City Island, NY
Friday, November 9, 2012 – NERFA - Kerhonkson, NY
Saturday, November 10, 2012 – NERFA - Kerhonkson, NY
Friday, November 30, 2012 - Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA
Friday, December 7, 2012 - Bridge Street Live - Collinsville, CT (with John Gorka)