Amos Lee: Fame is such an abstract thing

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His humility and lack of artifice has allowed him some anonymity, letting go see shows undetected -- the last show being a Portland band that came through the Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia. "There was a band there called Black Prairie that just amazed me. The music took me to another place, and I really just enjoyed the show. They are incredible players." Lee models his live show after the same concept; the singer doesn't buy much into stage production, letting the music take center stage.

"I think production can be a good thing if it's secondary to the music. It should never take the place of the main attraction, which are, hopefully, the songs. I don't want to be putting up too many bells and whistles. It's not like an arena show where the job is to overwhelm you; the connection is lost. We're just taking a stage and trying to play music for people who bought tickets to hear the songs. I tend to do a more understated type of thing."

While many people may have heard of him, but not heard his music, it's not a big concern to the singer. "I feel all I can really do is keep playing, keep writing, and keep the situation organic. I take it as it comes. I don't ever want to force anything on people, and I don't want to build weird bridges that might collapse. I want to build real bridges that people are gonna be able to use for a decade or two to come. Those are the kind of bridges I want people to cross to get to the music."

For those attending the show, Amos has announced an incentive via Facebook:
I appreciate y'all buying tickets so much that I want to offer you something unique for the upcoming show dates. Come backstage before the show or to soundcheck and if you're a songwriter, bring an unfinished song, and we can work on it. If you're a singer, maybe you can sing harmony on a tune with us. If you're just a fan, come spend time with us onstage while we work on arrangements during soundcheck. We want you to know that your support is all we have, and that our house is your house. - Amos

To enter, simply email us at with your full name, phone number and the show you're attending. Tickets required.

We'll randomly draw the winners for each show and get in touch with the details. This contest will close next Monday, November 4 at noon EST, so enter now.

Amos Lee will perform at the State Theatre with Kat Edmondson on Monday, November 4, 2013.
AA, $40-$50, 7:30 pm
Purchase tickets here.

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