MUSIC NEWS - On March 12, Artists Den Records and EMI Music in conjunction with Blue Note Records will release Amos Lee: Live from the Artists Den on DVD. A live album of music from this concert is already available for download. The show was filmed during a Lee performance at the historic Fox Theatre in Tucson, Arizona. Selections from the show aired nationwide on public television’s Live from the Artists Den, the music series that features acclaimed artists performing in extraordinary settings.
Amos Lee: Live from the Artists Den is the seventh concert dvd release from Artists Den Entertainment, coming after the Robert Plant & the Band of Joy: Live from the Artists Den release, which debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard Music DVD charts.
Since the release of his self-titled Amos Lee album in 2005, the Philadelphia-born and -based former schoolteacher has been one of his generation’s most celebrated songwriters. After being named one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch,” Lee quickly was invited to tour with such music giants as Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Paul Simon, and Elvis Costello. His next two albums; Supply and Demand (2006) and Last Days at the Lodge (2008), continued to extend his audience and his reputation, and he’s gone on to collaborate with everyone from Willie Nelson and Norah Jones to Lucinda Williams and Zac Brown. 2011’s Mission Bell was a dramatic leap forward for Lee, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering the best reviews of his career.
The performance captured in Amos Lee: Live from the Artists Den was filmed at the beautfiul Fox Theatre, which opened in 1930 as Tucson’s premier venue for vaudeville and film. Shuttered and left to decay for 26 years, the newly renovated Fox reopened its doors on New Years Eve in 2005. On a
sweltering night in the desert, Amos Lee made a triumphant return to Tucson, the city where he recorded Mission Bell. The subsequent concert ranged from solo showcases to arrangements for a dozen musicians and featured highlights from Lee’s latest album, as well as some of the best songs from his catalogue.
“It’s just an incredible opportunity to be in these kinds of venues,” Amos Lee says in the interview included in the film. “There’s so much history in these rooms – not only for the music, but just for the life that’s passed through them ... All of these things kind of factor in to that moment you step on stage."