Amos Lee to Release "Mission Bell" on January 25
Fri, 10 Sep 2010 14:59:58
Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee has announced January 25, 2011 as the release date for Mission Bell, his fourth album for EMI's Blue Note Records, and his richest and most fully formed album to date. That make it sounds like a fetus, but then again, isn't an artist's music akin to having and rearing a child? Mission Bell, which was produced by Joey Burns of the acclaimed band Calexico, displays both range and cohesion, an array of emotions unified by Lee's eclectic taste and distinctive vocals. With a remarkable set of guests offering cameo appearances—including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and James Gadson—and the musical backing of Calexico, the album marks the arrival of Amos Lee as a mature artist that folks want to work with. It's true that Willie Nelson doesn't just work with anybody, so Lee is special.
"There's a real searching element to a lot of these songs," said Lee, who has evolved into one of the most important and prolific songwriters of our time, in a statement.
The most obvious change on Mission Bell is the album's intimate yet expansive sound, which Lee credits to Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico. After a chance meeting, the idea came up for Lee to go out to the band's Wavelab studio in Tucson and try some recording. "The musicality that those guys bring is just amazing," Lee also said.. "It was especially nice to work with John and get a very different texture rhythmically. They're great at creating atmosphere—sonically, they brought a beautiful dimension into a lot of the songs, and helped them to expand and breathe more."
The track listing for Mission Bell is as follows:
1. El Camino
2. Windows Are Rolled Down
3. Violin (featuring Sam Beam)
5. Stay With Me (featuring Priscilla Ahn)
6. Out Of The Cold (featuring Pieta Brown)
7. Jesus (featuring James Gadson)
8. Hello Again
9. Learned A Lot
10. Cup Of Sorrow
11. Clear Blue Eyes (featuring Lucinda Williams)
12. Behind Me Now / El Camino Reprise (featuring Willie Nelson)
AMOS LEE – 2010 TOUR DATES
Sept. 28 – Hiro Ballroom – New York, NY **sold out**
Oct. 2 – Farm Aid @ Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 3 – Avila Beach Resort – San Luis Obispo, CA (w/ Chris Isaak)
Oct. 8 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
Nov. 2 – HSBC Arena – Buffalo, NY (w/ Dave Matthews Band)
Nov. 3 – Nassau Coliseum – Nassau, NY (w/ Dave Matthews Band)
Nov. 4 – The Egg – Albany, NY
Nov. 5 – Patriots Theater – Trenton, NJ
Nov. 6 – Grand Opera House – Wilmington, DE
Dec. 31 – Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA
Are you excited to check out Mission Bell because Willie Nelson lends his voice to a track? Will you be checking out Lee while he tours this Fall?