AMOS LEE TO APPEAR ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, THE
EARLY SHOW, AND TAVIS SMILEY IN EARLY 2011
LEE ANNOUNCES NEW SPRING 2011 TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF
UPCOMING ALBUM MISSION BELL, DUE FROM BLUE NOTE RECORDS
ON JANUARY 25TH
December 13, 2010 — New York, NY — Critically acclaimed singer and songwriter Amos Lee will make several high-profile television appearances early in the new year to support his upcoming album Mission Bell, which will be released by Blue Note Records on January 25th. The Philadelphia-based singer and songwriter will appear on NBC’sThe Tonight Show With Jay Leno on January 26th, CBS’s The Early Show on February 18th, and on PBS’s Tavis Smiley (airdate TBA).
The first single from Mission Bell, Lee’s fourth album for EMI’s Blue Note Records, is “Windows Are Rolled Down,” which was released digitally on November 22nd and continues to move up the AAA charts, currently sitting at #22 with more than 60 stations already playing the track after just 3 weeks.
Produced by Calexico’s Joey Burns, Mission Bell is Lee’s richest and most fully formed recording to date, displaying an array of emotions unified by his eclectic taste and distinctive vocals. With a remarkable set of guests — including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and James Gadson — and the musical backing of Calexico, the album marks the arrival of Lee as a mature artist who continues to explore his musical and thematic interests.
Having already announced the winter leg of his 2011 U.S. headlining tour in support of Mission Bell, Lee has just announced a spring trek, which kicks off on March 24th at the State Theatre in Minneapolis and continues through April 9th with a show at the Variety Theatre in Atlanta. Please visit www.amoslee.com for more details.
Lee was recently featured on WXPN’s “Free At Noon” performance at World Café in Philadelphia, which was webcast live by NPR Music. He also headlined WFUV’s 6th Annual Holiday Cheer show and was a featured performer on Levon Helm’s intimate Midnight Ramble concert series in Woodstock, NY. In addition, Lee appeared on CMT’s Artists of the Year special, which honored a host of country music’s top artists, including the Zac Brown Band. Watch Lee’s electrifying performance of Zac Brown’s “Colder Weather” with the Zac Brown Band HERE.
Lee has released three critically and commercially successful albums on Blue Note Records: his 2005 self-titled debut, 2006’s Supply And Demand, and 2008’s Last Days At The Lodge. His music has been called “anthemic” byThe New York Times and “seductive” by Vanity Fair, while the Philadelphia Inquirer has raved about “his compact, well-constructed songs and sensitive delivery that balances jazzy crooning and blue-eyed soul work within classic archetypes.” The Associated Press has praised his “gloriously sexy voice,” while People magazine declared him “one of pop’s best-kept secrets.”
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MISSION BELL:
“Mission Bell reflects the themes of loss, redemption, and hope and Lee’s talents still ring true on the album: soulful vocals and vivid, narrative-driven lyrics mixing folk, pop, R&B, rock, gospel, blues and country influences. His skills fused with those of Joey Burns and Convertino, spark the perfect synergy on lead single, ‘Windows Are Rolled Down.’” — Billboard
“Lee and producer Joey Burns (Calexico) aren’t afraid to take chances and stretch the limits of Lee’s folky R&B sound…’Hello Again’ showcases his tremendous vocal range against booming trumpets that are reminiscent of the French Quarter.” — Filter
“I’m ready to convert to the church of Amos Lee.” — Bust
“Guy can play a mean guitar, but man, that voice.” — Metroland