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

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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"

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In 2020, she also contributed a tribute to the Reverend Gary Davis for the online New York Guitar Festival:

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