Interviews

Amos Lee on Levon Helm: "Levon's Got the Truth Here, and You Need to Understand It"

Amos Lee oozes passion. The singer-songwriter's enthusiasm for life really comes through in his new album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. While Mountains might not have reached the lofty status of landing on the top of Billboard's charts as his previous release, Mission Bell, the new record takes bigger risks experimenting with different musical genres while landing gracefully on its feet.

New Times had a chance to speak with Amos about the new album and tour which brings him to Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse on April 4. During the interview, it quickly became evident that music was not the only topic Lee was passionate about as the conversation veered toward his love for his hometown of Philadelphia and showering praise on people he's worked alongside.

While Lee mentioned several times the travelling required to tour could bring him down, he just as often verbalized his appreciation that he can make a living from his music, and thus tries to give back to those less fortunate. One dollar from every ticket sold will go toward Musicians on Call, a charity which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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