Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee has had a big breakthrough with his fourth album, Mission Bell, which hit the top of Billboard's albums chart shortly after its January release. Produced by Joey Burns and prominently featuring the backing of Burns and his Calexico bandmates, Mission Bell has an arid, Southwest vibe that perfectly fits Lee's finely wrought, bittersweet songs, which regularly sprout improbably gorgeous hooks amidst the sorrow and heartache. Calexico also meshes nicely with Lee's fabulous voice, a raspy blend of equal parts soul and folk that doesn't venture farther southwest of Memphis, seemingly a potent blend of Al Green, John Prine, Bill Withers, and James Taylor. It's a voice so memorable Lee more than holds his own against such iconic guests as Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson, while Mission Bell rings like a classic. With the Secret Sisters. (Photo by Harper Smith)
Thu., March 24, 8 p.m., 2011
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