An honest man making honest music. What else could you want?
Heading back to 2009, I happen to stumble accross a budding talent whilst searching for folksie, acoustic music. When I heard 'Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight' I was instantly hooked.
As soul is something that is under appreciated in our world of music today, and I dont mean soul music necessarily. But really just singers that echo the truth of day to day living in their music. There is a true sense of justice in his lyrics, an in my mind he is pioneering the country music scene.
He is a talented singer songwriter from the Philadelphia area that has had the opportunity to tour with some great musicians like Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, and Norah Jones to name a few. Lee has released several album's since his self-titled debut in 2005, though none have found the same type of commercial success that his first album experienced. His latest album called "Mission Bell" that features well known musicians such as Willie Nelson, Sam Beam, and the band Calexico.
Most of the tracks, Calexico deliver an almost industrial-country sound. While Amos perfectly unfolds lyrics as if they were read from a personal diary of your own. The connection is immediate and powerful.
There was one particular interview I saw of Lee, that really defined him as a true musican for me. He says "There is a tendency to write from darker places, so you feel the light on the other side. This is a really nice simple explanation that has embeded in my mind. It's selfless, making you feel everything he try's to achieve is for the greater good.
Leading on from this, he is soon to be playing one of our favorite fesivals. Farm Aid - Keep America Growing.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $43 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.
Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by:
Promoting Food from Family Farms
Farm Aid knows that to keep family farmers on the land we have to increase the number of people buying their good food. From the annual concert event that features family farm food and unites farmers, artists, and concerned citizens, to farm aids inspiring and informative tv, radio, mail and web campaigns (including HOMEGROWN.org website), Farm Aid are building a powerful movement for good food from family farms.
Growing the Good Food Movement
In order for family farmers to thrive Farm Aid have to create more markets for them, giving more people the opportunity to access family farm food. Farm Aid fosters connections between farmers and eaters by growing and strengthening local and regional markets and working to get family farm food in urban neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other public institutions.
Helping Farmers Thrive
For over 28 years, Farm Aid has answered 1-800-FARM-AID to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Now Farm Aid's online Farmer Resource Network connects farmers to an extensive network of organizations across the country that help farmers find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.
Taking Action to Change the System
Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture. Working side-by-side with farmers to protest factory farms and inform farmers and eaters about issues like genetically modified food and growth hormones. By strengthening the voices of family farmers, Farm Aid stands up for the most resourceful, heroic Americans—the family farmers who work the land. Farm Aid's Action Center allows concerned citizens to become advocates for farm policy change.
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The latest line up is as follows: Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot and Pegi Young & The Survivors will join previously announced headliners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds.