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Philly folk singer Amos Lee brings bluesy, soulful vibe to Mesa

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Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014 5:27 am

Hear that? There it is again. It sounds like beat-up Ford trucks on dirt roads and boys in overalls going fishing. It sounds like front-porch stories and sticky Mississippi summers. It sounds like wistful if-onlys and lovely lullabies and bluegrass jigs. Oops, I must have left my latest Amos Lee album playing.

Released last fall, “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song” is a typical Amos Lee album. And by typical, I mean one tuned to the strings of the human soul that defies categorization. The music reflects the depth and diversity of the artist himself. Born into a musically inclined family in Philadelphia, Amos took up guitar at the University of South Carolina, where he studied English. After a short teaching career and a stint tending bar, he took on music full time. His bluesy rhythms, Southern-flavored soul and smoky chord progressions have led to collaboration with artists like Norah Jones, Bob Dylan and B.B. King. Our favorite queen of soul across the pond, Adele, is quoted as saying “His voice blows me away.”

On Aug. 4, you’ll have a chance to experience this talented artist for yourself. Lee is coming to the Mesa

Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. to crack open the window into his world of storytelling and song. Don’t expect to walk out thinking it was “nice.” Do expect to have a sudden urge to read Tennessee Williams and Flannery O’Connor. Do expect to have a peculiar and poignant desire to fall asleep somewhere you can hear rain on a tin roof. Do expect to feel perfectly happy feeling blue.

If you go

What: Folk singer Amos Lee performs

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4

Where: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.

Cost: $26-$46; $1 from every ticket will be donated to Musicians on Call, a nonprofit that delivers music to the bedsides of hospital patients.

Information: (480) 644-6500 or

• Casie Neal is an East Valley resident who blogs about life, work, and lots of other things at

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