Amos Lee is a singer/songwriter out of Philadelphia. He has opened shows for singers such as Bob Dylan, BB King and Norah Jones. He is influenced by Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Dave Van Ronk, but mostly by the folk idiom. His style of music might be called "urban" folk, but it certainly is not jazz.
Amos Lee's songs are about relationships and life experiences. The songs feature his voice and his acoustic guitar. There are different instrumental configurations on each track, but the sound is basically simple and spare. "Bottom of the Barrel" is bluegrass in feeling, while "Give It Up" and "Love In The Lies" lean toward rhythm and blues. The two latter tracks feature some driving work on the Hammond B3 organ by Devin Greenwood. Special guest Norah Jones plays piano on "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight" and also plays Wurlitzer, piano and does background vocals on "Colors."
Since all of the songs on this CD are original, it is difficult to comment on interpretation. The writing and the delivery of the material, however, is reminiscent of James Taylor. The CD package includes a brochure with the lyrics written in what can be assumed is Amos Lee's handwriting.
Amos Lee has a pleasant voice. He tells his stories in a forthright and easy manner. It would be interesting to hear what he might do with other writers' material.