Amythyst Kiah har en stark och kraftfull röst, en förmåga att skriva viktiga låtar och en kunskap om och passion för musiktraditionen från den amerikanska södern i allmänhet och den afrikansk-amerikanska i synnerhet.. Precis som kolleger som Rhiannon Giddens och Leyla McCalla har hon fördjupat sig i blues, old time och gospel, men inte stannat där. All kunskap och alla influenser har hon använt för att skapa nutida musik med djupa rötter. Det blir lika mycket Sister Rosetta Tharpe som Adele. Gränslöst och tidlöst! 

The Rounder Records debut from Amythyst Kiah, Wary + Strange marks the glorious collision of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion, and the roots/old-time-music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years, including recognition from Rolling Stone as “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.” Along with tapping into the vibrant musicality she honed in part through her studies in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, Country Music program, the Chattanooga-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she’s displayed as a member of Our Native Daughters—an all-women-of-color supergroup whose Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards.

Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird) and made with esteemed musicians like Blake Mills, Wary + Strange arrives as a deeply immersive body of work, endlessly redefining the limits of roots music in its inventive rhythms and textures. With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, Kiah gracefully interlaces potent vulnerability and personal revelation, ultimately offering a raw yet nuanced examination of grief, alienation, and the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance.

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