AMYTHYST KIAH TO HEADLINE RIDDLEFEST 2020
The Traditional Voices Group is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah will headline the 2020 RiddleFest Concert on June 20. The Griffith Chapel Singers, a small group of Chapel elders who sing old-time gospel songs, will lead off the evening followed by the Old Time Ramblers, a string band of student-musicians from the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. The concert begins at 7 PM in the Burnsville Town Center, 6 South Main Street, Burnsville, North Carolina. Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning in late May online at www.Eventbrite.com or by calling the Town Center at 828-682-7209.
Rolling Stone recognizes Amythyst Kiah as “one of roots music’s most exciting emerging talents, blending a deep knowledge of old time music with sensibilities spanning classic country to contemporary R&B.” Born in Chattanooga and now based in Johnson City TN, Kiah’s commanding stage presence is matched by her raw and powerful vocals. Her eclectic influences span decades, finding inspiration in old-time music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues. Provocative and fierce, Amythyst’s ability to cross boundaries is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable. She recently collaborated with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell on the album Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways). Her song Black Myself on that album was nominated for a Grammy. The New York Times predicts that “Her razor-sharp guitar picking alone guarantees her a place among blues masters, but it’s her deep-hued voice that can change on a dime from brushed steel to melted toffee that commands attention.”
Amythyst regularly tours the United Kingdom and has performed at Celtic Connections, Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S. and has also been seen at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival among many others.
The annual RiddleFest Seminar, this year entitled Dynamic Soul, is scheduled for 3-4 PM at the Burnsville Town Center also on June 20. Kiah will discuss fresh growth on American roots music through her own songwriting, which combines rhythm and blues, rock and country music sounds. The seminar is free and open to the public.