Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Amy Black – the minister's daughter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood – will perform at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN on Friday, September 14. The acclaimed singer-songwriter's finely wrought and gorgeously-sung songs have earned her a following in her native New England and have begun to cement her as part of the next generation of Americana artists. She will also appear on a panel "Channeling Your Inner CEO: Business Best Practices" on Thursday, September 13.

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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." And WUMB-FM Boston wrote that “her latest album, One Time, reveals her as one of the best storytelling songwriters working today.”

Amy's live show varies from full band to duo as seen in this clip.

WHO: Amy Black, in the round with Susan Cattaneo, Rose Cousins and Rod Picott
WHAT: Americana Music Festival & Conference Official Showcase
WHEN: Friday, September 14, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, Listening Lounge, 623 Union St., Nashville, TN
TICKETS: Open to AMA badgeholders and press; Press RSVP to Nick Loss-Eaton at nicklosseaton AT gmail.com.

WHO: Amy Black, alongside moderator Ralph Jaccodine, Boston Management Group; Susan Cattaneo, Berklee College of Music; Thad Beatty, writer, instrumentalist, producer; and Dino Cattaneo, Jersey Girl Music
WHAT: Channeling Your Inner CEO: Business Best Practices panel
WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, Suite 7, 623 Union St., Nashville, TN
WHEN: Thursday, September 13, 4:00 – 5:00 pm,
TICKETS: Open to AMA badgeholders and press; Press RSVP to Nick Loss-Eaton at nicklosseaton AT gmail.com.

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. The panelists will discuss setting and tracking goals; creating a strategy; smart marketing; and building a team on a shoestring budget or with no budget at all.

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.

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