Amythyst Kiah Shares Green Day’s “Hitchin’ A Ride” On New Cover EPs, On Tour

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Kiah amythystwho we recently named one of 15 current country singers every indie fan should know, is preparing to release a covers EP titled pensive pop on August 12 via Rounder Records. He features his recently released covers of division of joy“Love Will Tear Us Apart” and Tori Amos“Sugar”, as well as an as yet unreleased cover of Katy Perry“Chained to the Rhythm” and its cover just released from green dayis “Hitchin’ A Ride.” As she shares each track, she writes about her connection to the artists and the songs. Read and listen below.

The green day:

“‘Hitchin’ a Ride’ is one of those songs I loved to listen to when I was alone in my room, but I never really thought about what Billie Joe Armstrong was actually singing. I ended up revisiting it for this project, and when I read the lyrics while listening, I was really blown away to realize that it’s a song about someone struggling with addiction.Billie Joe has a great sense of melody and storytelling, and this song is a great example of that.”

On Tori Amos:

“When I was 15, I fell in love with Tori Amos’ music. I constantly played her first five albums on repeat and even learned some of the songs. She made me want to write songs – I wanted to be a guitar- She manages to take very specific and very personal things that happened to her and turn them into songs that the listener can relate to and feel about, even without having had that specific experience.Her use of metaphor in his distinctive narration, voice and piano playing, was so powerful and unlike anything I had ever heard before. His live version of “Sugar” is one of my favorite recordings, so hopefully done justice to the song!”

On JoyDivision:

“‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ is the tragedy of knowing the spark is gone forever. The weight of helplessness weighs down, the feeling of being alone in the presence of a partner who is emotionally and mentally miles away and that never comes back. It’s about taking a sad song and making it even sadder.”

Amythyst is going on tour this summer, with several appearances in New York. She’ll perform at the free globalFEST at Lincoln Center on July 30 (it’s at 7 p.m. in Damrosch Park), and she’ll be the opening act for the country-pop artist. CAM across the country and in New York on October 24 at Webster Hall. His supergroup Our Indigenous Girls (with Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell and Leyla McCalla) will perform at Carnegie Hall on November 4. All dates below.

Amythyst Kiah — 2022 Tour Dates
Thursday, June 30 – Bank of New Hampshire Stage – Concord, NH
Saturday, July 2 – ParksFest – Newburyport, MA
Saturday, July 9 – Palomino Festival – Pasadena, CA
Tuesday, July 12 – Music on the Half Hull – Roseburg, OR
Wednesday, July 13 – High Desert Music Hall – Redmond, OR
Sunday July 24 – Stern Grove Festival – San Francisco, CA+
Thursday, July 28 – FloydFest 22 ~ Heartbeat – Floyd, Virginia
Saturday, July 30 – globalFEST at Summer for the City at Lincoln Center – New York, NY
Tuesday, August 2 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT&
Thursday, August 4 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA&
Saturday, August 6 – Magic City Blues Festival – Billings, Montana
Tuesday, August 9 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO&
Thursday, August 11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN&
Saturday, August 13 – Guster’s On The Ocean Weekend – Portland, ME
Wednesday August 17 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday August 19 – Rootsy Summer Fest – Falkenberg, Sweden
Saturday August 20 – Osterlen Americana Festival – Loderup, Sweden
Sunday 21 August – Purbeck Valley Folk Festival – Wareham, UK
Monday August 22 – The Black Box – Belfast, UK
Tuesday, August 23 – Whelan’s – Dublin, Ireland
Thursday August 25 – Tønder Festival – Tønder, Denmark
Friday August 26 – Tønder Festival – Tønder, Denmark
Saturday August 27 – The Long Road Festival – Bootsford, UK
Sunday August 28 – Shrewsbury Folk Festival – Shrewsbury, UK
Monday August 29 – Shrewsbury Folk Festival – Shrewsbury, UK
Saturday, September 10 – Mountain Song Festival – Brevard, North Carolina
Thursday, September 15 – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX &
Friday, September 16 – The Echo Lounge and Music Hall – Dallas, TX&
Friday, September 23 – Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC and
Saturday, September 24 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA &
Sunday, September 25 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN&
Thursday, September 29 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA&
Wednesday, October 5 – Patricia Reser Center for the Arts – Beaverton, OR
Saturday, October 22 – Kennedy Center – Washington, DC
Sunday, October 23 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
Monday, October 24 – Webster Hall – New York, NY&
Friday, November 4 – Carnegie Hall – New York (Our Native Daughters show)
Friday 11 November – EFG London Jazz Festival: Jazz Voice, Royal Festival Hall – London, UK
Saturday 12 November – EFG London Jazz Festival: Bush Hall – London, UK
Sunday November 13 – The Jam Jar – Bristol, UK
Tuesday November 15 – The Voodoo Rooms – Edinburgh, UK
Wednesday 16 November – Day and Night – Manchester, UK
Friday, November 18 – Privatclub – Berlin, Germany
Saturday November 19 – Kranhalle – Munich, Germany
Sunday November 20 – Legend Club – Milan, Italy
Tuesday, November 22 – Point Ephemere – Paris, France
Friday, December 2 – Only The Wild Ones Weekend 2022 – Puerto Morelos, MX

+ – with LeAnn Rimes
& – with Cam

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