Amythyst Kiah

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Amythyst Kiah

Jake Phillips

Fri · October 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

This show is GA Seated. Seating is first come first serve.


Amythyst Kiah
Amythyst Kiah
A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in
Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched
by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs
echoes of a distant and restless past.
Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest
of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of AfricanAmerican
roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on
old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle
Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from
the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson,
Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists
with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and
the KFB, Janelle Monae).
Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for
audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern
Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and
SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm &
Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for
Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.
Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of
blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply

“Kiah is an important and innovative presence in contemporary traditional music. Describing herself as a “Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter,”Amythyst has a repertoire that honors tradition while crossing genres to
illuminate many common threads.”
~ Sam Gleaves, The Bluegrass Situation

“Though her voice is often full of fire, when she leans back and focuses on atmosphere, it creates the most exciting moments of the record.”
~ Afropunk album review for Dig

"In delivering her own mature, carefully-structured songs, Amythyst displayed the confidence to exploit her impressive vocal range without inhibition, assuming an almost spiritual presence. The tenor of her delivery held the room, with a welcome absence of audience chatter which blights so many gigs, her welljudged
rhythmic percussive guitar picking the ideal accompaniment for her set."
~ David Innes, Bluesandmoreagain

"Her music sounds like it could be the musical score to any number of westerns, and yet this oversimplifies Kiah’s talent. Her voice carries the weight of the performance, sultry and soaring, controlled and defiant. Her darkly, beautifully lyrics are enhanced further by the steady folk beats strummed, plucked and
drummed behind her by her supporting instrumentals. Kiah’s voice is reminiscent of Johnny Cash, but with the energy of the Black Keys. She sings of the expected themes of the old south but with a modern twist given the screaming electric guitar solos and something intangibly modern about her voice...Amythyst
Kiah and Her Chest of Glass is peak blues-rock. It is gritty, haunting, dark and wonderful."
~ Fletcher Bonin, Rainbow Exotic Music

“Letting her voice have free range is a wise move by Kiah and her
bandmates…It’s capabilities seem endless, and it acts as a tour guide through a gamut of emotions, from love to lust to anger to the depths of boiling sadness that envelop the heart like boat anchors. Her range is impressive, but so is the control she exercises, drawing out notes with just the right emphasis and ache to
pull listeners into an experience they won’t soon forget.”
~ Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times
Jake Phillips
Jake Phillips
Brooklyn/DC /VA based singer songwriter Jake Phillips brings a new conscience and urgency to the continuing tradition of the American troubadour. To experience Phillips' timeless melodies, driving guitar rhythms, and rich and soulful baritone, is to understand why expectations are so high for this rising star. When he's not performing solo, he frequently tours with Rosi Golan
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024