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Amythyst Kiah, from Johnson City, Tennessee, is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter who has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions. She draws heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House) and is inspired by vocal stylings of Rhythm & Blues and country music from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton).  She also draws from contemporary popular artists who have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae, Bonnie Raitt). Most people have a difficult time describing her sound, but she defines it simply as “southern roots music.” Her sound on her new album, Dig, is raw and sparse, with heavy lyrical content regarding such themes as loss, betrayal, and murder. She is a 2012 graduate of East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program. Tonight, enjoy the bluesy, full band format! FREE, all-ages.

Beer and wine via Bull City Burger & Brewery. Food trucks: Route Bistro, Flirting with Fire, Chez Moi.

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