Nonesuch Records released Sam Amidon’s label debut Bright Sunny South on May 13 and was streamed last week through Pitchfork Advance, and is comprised of Amidon’s distinctive re-workings of existing songs.
Sam has released a new video for track ‘As I Roved Out’ which you can see here:
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.