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Amythyst Kiah

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Amythyst Kiah's Powerful Voice

Biscuits & Jam

On the debut episode of Season 3 of Biscuits & Jam Summer Tour, Sid Evans, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living Magazine, talks to Johnson City, Tennessee based guitarist, singer and songwriter, Amythyst Kiah about studying Bluegrass, Old Time and Country at East Tennessee State University, her work with Our Native Daughters, her father’s support, the loss of her Mother, and her experience as a Black artist in country music.Biscuits & Jam is produced by:Sid Evans - Editor-in-Chief, Southern LivingKrissy Tiglias - GM, Southern LivingLottie Leymarie - Executive ProducerJenny Snyder - Audio Engineer/Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


17 May 2022

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A Conversation with Amythyst Kiah

Door County Pulse Podcasts

Arts & Entertainment editor Sara Rae Lancaster is joined by singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah in advance of her May 13 solo show at Door Community Auditorium. Describing her sound as "Southern Gothic," Kiah talks about the creative process behind her songwriting, her list of musical influences and learning to let her music take on a sound and personality of its own.


27 Apr 2022

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Episode 155: Amythyst Kiah

Vinyl Emergency

Championed by some today’s biggest names on the fringes of country music, singer/songwriter Amythyst Kiah released her most recent album, Wary + Strange, last year to rave reviews. Upon its release, Pitchfork dubbed the record “an intensely personal document (that) examines the realities of being a Southern Black LGBTQ+ woman in songs both defiant and vulnerable.” One of those tracks in particular, the Grammy-nominated “Black Myself,” matches a hypnotic groove and gritty distortion with lyrics addressing the horrors of chattel slavery and the Brown Paper Bag Test, making for an unforgettable statement that channels both Odetta and Public Enemy. On today’s episode, Amythyst discusses “Black Myself” in detail, as well as growing up with an audiophile father, being intrigued as a kid by a particular Santana album cover, and how an a cappella Tori Amos song inspired her to share her most personal struggles. Visit amythystkiah.com for tour dates, social media and more.


11 Jan 2022

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Amythyst Kiah Sings Her Truth

Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond

On her intimate new album Wary + Strange, Amythyst Kiah sings her heart out about losing her mom to suicide, and what it’s like being the only black person in the room at country gigs. She created the album with Phoebe Bridger’s producer, Tony Berg, and the result is a project expertly fuses Kiah’s love for ‘90s alt-rock with her old-time, country sensibility.Amythyst Kiah performs two of her new songs on today’s episode and talks to Bruce Headlam about what it was like for a black teengager to come out as gay in a white Christian southern town. She also explains how learning of the West African roots of Bluegrass helped reaffirm her place in Americana music.Just a warning, this episode contains talk of suicide. Subscribe to Broken Record’s YouTube channel to hear all of our interviews:  https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast and follow us on Twitter @BrokenRecordYou can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.comCheck out our favorite Amythyst Kiah songs HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


19 Oct 2021

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Amythyst Kiah: Finding Roots (Redefining Yourself)

Call & Response

Born in Chattanooga, and based in Johnson City, Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah’s sound is a blend of old-time music and fingerpicking blues with a punk-indie sensibility. Like many of us who came up in the South, Amythyst had to find and define her voice, even as she was told she couldn’t be into Green Day or into skateboarding and also play the guitar. This week’s episode of Call & Response is for the people who are facing the brave work of reclaiming themselves, for the people who have found solace in the company of a guitar, and it’s a hope for you – to keep pushing forward in your blues. For the playlist of songs curated for this week’s episode visit: https://bit.ly/amythyst. / Music In This Week's Episode /Leyla McCalla, “Girl”Precious Bryant, “Don’t Let The Devil Ride”Sunny War, “Mama’s Milk”Jessie Mae Hemphill, “My Daddy’s Blues”Elizabeth Cotten, “Gaslight Blues”Kyshona Armstrong, “Fear”Yasmin Williams, “Through The Woods” / Episode Notes /Amythyst Kiah’s latest album is “Wary + Strange” is out now on Rounder Records.Amythyst mentions James Spooner’s 2003 documentary “Afro-Punk” on Black punk fans navigating whitewashed alternative music scenes.Amythyst says “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul is the song that’s giving her life right now. / Credits /Call & Response is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Adia Victoria, Ann Marie Awad and Daniel Rayzel. Our engineer is Sam Bair of The Relic Room.


23 Sep 2021

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New Mix: alt-J, Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah, Bnny, More

All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week, including a new one from the Leeds rock band alt-J, Swedish singer-songwriter Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. alt-J: "U&ME," from The Dream2. Hyd: "Skin 2 Skin," from Hyd (EP)3. Amythyst Kiah: "Black Myself (Moby Remix)" (Single)4. La Luz: "Lazy Eyes and Dune," from La Luz5. Bnny: "Sure," from Everything6. Loney Dear: "Go Easy On Me Now (Sirens + emergencies)," from A Lantern and a Bell


22 Sep 2021

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Amythyst Kiah's Roots Music Deals With Loss, Grief, and Pain


Tennessee-based songwriter Amythyst Kiah loves both roots and alternative music; and her songs often clothe dark subjects - suicide of a loved one, a descent into alcoholism - in bluesy stomps and ecstatic rock. The singer, guitarist, banjo player, and scholar (she holds a degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies), has made records on her own and is a member of the formidable quartet called Our Native Daughters. On her 2021 solo album Wary + Strange, Amythyst Kiah sings of loss, grief, death, and hangovers and dealing with them all; she and her band play some of these tunes remotely. - Caryn Havlik Set list: "Black Myself," "Firewater," "Hangover Blues" Watch "Black Myself": Watch "Firewater": Watch "Hangover Blues": In 2020, she also contributed a tribute to the Reverend Gary Davis for the online New York Guitar Festival:


13 Sep 2021

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Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention, Opinions on Naked Raygun & Amythyst Kiah

Sound Opinions

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson this week. They discuss his memoir Beeswing, his time in Fairport Convention and how the iconic folk rock band stood out in a sea of blues and traditional rock bands. The hosts also review new albums by Naked Raygun and Amythyst Kiah. Take our Survey: https://bit.ly/3i4BWdinsn Join our Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3sivr9TBecome a member on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3slWZvcSign up for our newsletter: https://bit.ly/3eEvRnGMake a donation via PayPal: https://bit.ly/3dmt9lURecord a Voice Memo: https://bit.ly/2RyD5Ah Featured Songs:Richard Thompson, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," Rumor and Sigh, Capitol, 1991Naked Raygun, "Broken Things," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021Naked Raygun, "Living in the Good Times," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021Naked Raygun, "Suicide Bomb," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021Naked Raygun, "Black and Grey," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021Naked Raygun, "Soul Hole Baby," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021Naked Raygun, "Farewell to Arms," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021Amythyst Kiah, "Fancy Drones (Fracture Me)," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021Amythyst Kiah, "Black Myself," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021Amythyst Kiah, "Ballad Lost," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021Amythyst Kiah, "Tender Organs," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021Amythyst Kiah, "Soapbox," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021Richard Thompson, "Beeswing," Mirror Blue, Capitol, 1994Fairport Convention, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," Unhalfbricking, Island, 1969Fairport Convention, "Sir Patrick Spens," Liege & Lief, Island, 1969Fairport Convention, "Matty Groves," Liege & Lief, Island, 1969Fairport Convention, "Autopsy," Unhalfbricking, Island, 1969Fairport Convention, "A Sailor's Life," Unhalfbricking, Island, 1969Fairport Convention, "Crazy Man Michael," Liege & Lief, Island, 1969Richard and Linda Thompson, "Wall of Death," Shoot Out the Lights, Hannibal, 1982Richard and Linda Thompson, "Don't Renege On Our Love," Shoot Out the Lights, Hannibal, 1982Richard Thompson, "The Big Love Scene," Serpent's Tears, Beeswing, 2021Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson, "Persuasion," Action Packed - The Best of the Capitol Years, Capitol, 2001Yola, "Stand For Myself," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021


20 Aug 2021

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Amythyst Kiah Breaks Free of “Shut Up and Sing” Policy

Sound & Vision

Amythyst Kiah talks about her new album featuring the Grammy-nominated single, "Black Myself." She discusses mental health and the song written about her mother’s death, "Wild Turkey." She talks about breaking free of the “shut up and sing” policy and how she's now able to fully express herself as a Black and queer artist in her music and on stage. “I represent the very thing I needed to see when I was growing up,” Kiah says. TW: this episode discusses topics of suicide and traumaSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/sound/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


22 Jul 2021

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Amythyst Kiah, ep. 124

Basic Folk

Editor's note: we're pleased to welcome guest host Lizzie No to Basic Folk for her debut episode with Amythyst Kiah! Lizzie will be on the podcast interviewing folk musicians once a month. We're thrilled to bring her perspective and insight to our listeners. Enjoy! Amythyst Kiah is a star rising so quickly in the roots music universe that it is almost impossible to keep up with her. Raised in Johnson City, Tennessee, Amythyst taught herself guitar and banjo before studying the bluegrass tradition at East Tennessee State University. She released two solo albums, both rich with her bluesy guitar playing and affecting vocal performance.In 2019 Amythyst grabbed the attention of the folk music community as a member of the supergroup Our Native Daughters alongside Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell. Their captivating album, ‘Songs of Our Native Daughters,’ tells the often-ignored stories of Black women in American history in the language of traditional folk.Amythyst’s new album ‘Wary + Strange’ is her first record released with Rounder Records, and includes the Grammy-nominated anthem “Black Myself.” I couldn’t wait to discuss this genre-fluid exploration of loneliness and loss with Amythyst. We also got to talk about anime, the marvel cinematic universe, touring with her dad, fashion, and the nitty gritty of how Amythyst recorded, then re-recorded, and then re-re-recorded, this phenomenal album Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands


1 Jul 2021