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Unplugged: Roots musicians Amythyst Kiah, Tony Furtado headed to Savannah

 

Unplugged: Roots musicians Amythyst Kiah, Tony Furtado headed to Savannah

09 May 2017

 

 

I’ve raved in this column before about Amythyst Kiah, the Johnson City, Tenn.-based roots rocker who will be performing at The Jinx on May 11. She’ll be joined by her band Her Chest of Glass, which is comprised of members of the rock band this mountain.

Kiah has been through town several times in recent years for both solo and full band gigs, and I never fail to be impressed by the strength of her voice, the beauty of playing and the intensity of her vision. She’s not a flashy performer on stage, but her quiet presence puts even more emphasis on the music, where it should be.

It’s good to see that Kiah is finding larger audiences. She recently played the Brooklyn Folk Festival and opened seven dates for Rhiannon Giddens, whom many of you saw at the 2016 Savannah Music Festival. Kiah will perform at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival on May 14.

And if those aren’t enough reasons to check out Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass this week, Parker Gispert of The Whigs is also on the bill. For his solo performances, Gispert unreels strange stories and provocative songs — a departure from his band’s powerful rock shows.

Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass and Parker Gispert will perform May 11 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. There’s a $10 cover, and the music could start as early as 9 p.m. This is yet another show from MusicFile Productions, producers of Savannah Stopover.

On May 12, another acclaimed roots musician will be in town. Multi-instrumentalist Tony Furtado, who has been performing for nearly three decades, will play an early show at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah.

If you don’t know Furtado’s work, open Spotify and check out his 2017 album “Cider House Sessions (Live at Reverend Nat’s),” a heady mix of bluegrass, country and other traditional American styles.

He plays a variety of instruments but might be best known for his banjo work. He’s a stellar songwriter.

Furtado will perform at 7 p.m. May 12 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 311 E. Harris St. Advance tickets ($20) are available online via Eventbrite.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.

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