Amythyst Kiah is one of the most exciting voices of her generation. She’s a songwriter, band leader and performer who’s sound is deeply rooted in old time, bluegrass and blues traditions she grew up with in Appalachia. Her shows in Raleigh have juxtaposed bracing original songs alongside traditional tunes like “Darlin’ Corey.”
Amythyst Kiah has performed for PineCone audiences as a part of World of Bluegrass, at PineCone’s Traditional Music Stage at First Night and in 2021 as a part of the Down Home Concert Series. She’s also been a part of Shout and Shine, a collaborative event held during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. It’s produced by The Bluegrass Situation and PineCone.
Amythyst is a graduate of the Bluegrass and Old Time Music program at East Tennessee State University. Soon after college she release a series of critically acclaimed albums, including “Wary + Strange” on Rounder Records. It’s a record Rolling Stone called, “…a masterful blend of lonesome folk and neo-blues.” NPR Music called it a “…breakthrough for an artist on the rise.”
The first single from the record, “Black Myself” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best American Roots song. It was named “Song of the Year” at the Folk Alliance International Awards.”
Amythyst Kiah is a member of the folk super-group “Our Native Daughters” featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell. Rolling Stone called their debut record “…a crucial pronouncement in folk music.”
Amythyst played for PineCone’s audience in the AJ Fletcher Opera Theater in 2021. The following year she came back to Raleigh to play the Hopscotch Music Festival.