SHE'S become one of our favorite visitors, and her shows never get old. Johnson City, Tennessee’s Amythyst Kiah pens Southern Gothic ballads that pierce the soul, driven by her deeply raw and moving vocals.
Sometimes you’ll catch Kiah solo with a guitar or banjo, and, at other times, with her full band; it’ll be a packed stage when she returns with Her Chest of Glass. A scholar of African-American roots music, Kiah finds inspiration from old time music, R&B, vintage country and contemporary belters like Janelle Monae and Adele.
The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion favorite has also performed at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, and throughout the UK at Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburigh Jazz Festival, and more. She was recently featured on PBS’s State of Music.
As singer, guitarist, and lyricist for Athens band The Whigs, Parker Gispert is a familiar face ‘round these parts, too (he played with Kiah at The Jinx last November)—a solo show from the storyteller is not to be missed.
Thursday, May 11, 9:30 p.m., $10, 21+