Amos Lee LEAD

When Amos Lee took to the stage for his performance at the Music Box Thursday night, I immediately realized I’d had no preconceived notions about how he looked. First introduced to the artist through his recently released fourth album, Mission Bell, which features only a black crow and the artist’s name on the cover, I must have always felt like I knew enough about the man through his music because I hadn’t visited his website, conducted a Google Image search, or any number of other actions that could have put a face to the soulful, R&B-meets-country voice that I fell in love with on the album.

For all I knew, the curly haired, thoughtful-looking man approaching the mic could have been anyone—Seth Rogen’s older, better-looking brother, a guitar tech the audience REALLY liked—but then he opened his mouth and launched into the title track off that new album, and I knew it was Lee. There’s only one person who can sing like that.

Amos Lee at the Music Box

The set that followed that opening song introduced me to a wide range of Lee’s catalogue that I was previously unfamiliar with. He performed songs from his 2005 self-titled debut (“Bottom of the Barrel,” “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight,” “Dreamin’,” “Colors,” “Black River”); its 2006’s follow-up, Supply and Demand ( “Supply and Demand,” “Careless,” “Sweet Pea”); as well as 2008’s Last Days at the Lodge (“Truth,” “Street Corner Preacher,” “Won’t Let Me Go”).

I felt woefully unprepared for the show, as each person around me was singing along to every one of these songs and shouting out personal requests between them. To counter that, I sang along extra loud to the half-dozen songs Lee performed from Mission Bell, including “Hello Again,” which was made all the more special by the addition of Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band) on trumpet. I mentally noted that I really need to buy those earlier albums before the artist returns to LA, because I enjoyed each of the older songs as much as I did the more familiar tracks.

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Like the collection of songs on Mission Bell, the set spanned a range of influences from the church (the gospel-inspired “Cup of Sorrow”) to the bedroom (the sexy-time serenade “Won’t Let Me Go”). In addition to the “Woos!” and the “Yeahs!” emanating from the crowd, I heard more than a few “Amens!” and realized a concert audience isn’t much different from a congregation. In this case, everyone in that audience was a firm believer in the church of Amos Lee, and I’m pretty sure that night at the Music Box was my baptism.

Amos Lee Tour Dates:

02/01 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
02/03 – Vilar Center – Beaver Creek, CO
02/04 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
02/05 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO (SOLD OUT)
02/07 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
02/09 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
02/10 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
02/11 – Paramount – Austin, TX
02/12 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
03/24 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
03/25 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
03/26 – The Vic Theater – Chicago, IL
03/27 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
03/29 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI (SOLD OUT)
04/01 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
04/02 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
04/03 – Wilbur Theater – Boston, MA
04/05 – Merriam Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
04/06 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
04/08 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
04/09 – Variety Theatre – Atlanta, GA
04/22 – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
04/23 – Knight Center – Charlotte, NC
04/24 – Mountain Stage – Charleston, WV
04/25 – Tennessee Theater – Knoxville, TN
04/28 – NCPAC – Charleston, SC
04/29 – WorkPlay Soundstage – Birmingham, AL
04/30 – Jazz and Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box

Amos Lee

Amos Lee - Rashawn Ross

Amos Lee

Amos Lee at the Music Box