Amos Lee shines bright on ‘Live at Red Rocks’ concert album

Amos‘Live at Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony’
Amos Lee (ATO)
4 stars out of 5

I’ve spent the past decade or so alternately singing the praises of Philadelphia native Amos Lee and wondering why he isn’t a bigger star. The 37-year-old singer/songwriter has a handful of stellar albums to his credit — most notably 2006’s “Supply and Demand,” 2008’s “Last Days at the Lodge” and 2013’s “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song” — and he performs many of his best tunes on remarkable new release “Live at Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony.”

Amos CD“I’ve been really lucky in my life and career to share stages with transcendent artists and heroes,” Lee notes. “But to be able to take the stage at Red Rocks and play to an incredible sold-out audience with a world-class orchestra, a really generous and soulful band, and beautifully crafted arrangements, was a mystical experience.”

Recorded last Aug. 1, Lee is in peak form throughout the 14-track, 57-minute set. Highlights abound, with Lee & Co. shining brightest on “Windows Are Rolled Down,” “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight,” “El Camino,” “Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps,” “Sweet Pea,” personal favorite “Street Corner Preacher” and “Arms of a Woman.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)


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