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Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter that has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions. Her band, Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass, is comprised of Patrick Taylor (guitar), Taylor Green (keyboard), Matthew Martin (bass), and Andrew Gibben (drums), and provide a rock n' roll edge to her typically acoustic sound. As a solo act, Amythyst has played places such as the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C., Southern Fried Festival (Perth, Scotland), Cambridge Folk Festival (Cambridge, England), Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), and the full band recently played at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
She draws heavily on Old Time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Roscoe Holcombe, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers), and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She also draws from contemporary popular artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Tori Amos, Dax Riggs, Thom Yorke). Needless to say, Amythyst has got a lot of tools in her vocal tool box, and is also well on her way to joining the powerhouse vocalist pantheon.