The Amy Black Band at The Regattabar
Nashville-based vocal powerhouse Amy Black and her 9-piece band return to Regattabar this January for an encore performance!
A late bloomer, Amy Black started her music career in Boston and in short time developed into a national touring artist. As an vocalist and songwriter, she explored genres including folk, country and Americana, but her Southern roots led her to what she does best -- blues, classic R&B, soul and gospel.
Always drawn to soul singers, it wasn't until her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that Amy found her musical sweet spot -- and knew her next stop had to be Memphis, the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived), where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world's most beloved tunes. Black hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she was meant to make -- the sound of Memphis.
Her new album, Memphis, puts Black -- already considered "a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter" by Elmore magazine -- on the same continuum as soul sisters from Dusty Springfield, Ann Peebles and Mavis Staples to Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne.
The album was produced and engineered by Scott Bomar, the Grammy-nominated, Emmy-winning producer and leader of the Bo-Keys. The players on the album include members of the Hi Records and Stax rhythm sections.
Infusing her vocals with Saturday-night sultriness and Sunday-morning gospel, slow-dance sexiness and fast-dance exuberance, Black goes from silky smooth to raw and rough with equal ease. Her organic sound was recorded old-school analog style at Bomar's Electraphonic Recording studio and mixed to tape by Adam Hill at Ardent Studios. The result is pure and authentic --and she wouldn't have it any other way.
Black says she hopes her albums Memphis & The Muscle Shoals Sessions inspire listeners to dig into this music as she has and to explore "the history, the people, the stories" of these fabled places.
And through her passionate and authentic live performances, her love for the music shines through.