Before the days of singing with Patti Griffin and Alison Krauss, opening for Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello, and having a number one album on the Billboard charts with Mission Bell, Amos Lee spent his time as a second grade teacher and a bartender. His latest record, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, is out now. Amos took some time to chat with us about his love of emojis, his three least favorite words, and how annoying shoelaces and airports can be.
Tell us a bit about your new album.
Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song is the new record. It’s a real collaborative idea. My touring band and I, and some really special, talented people all gathered in Nashville with Jay Joyce and recorded a group of tunes we all felt worked together.
How would you compare it to your last album?
I loved making both MOSROS and Mission Bell. Had a chance to work with amazing people and musicians, and honestly had a blast doing both. I guess the biggest difference this time around is that I used my touring band and worked with Jay.
How did you end up getting Patty Griffin on the album?
Patty ended up on the record mostly because I love what she does and Jay knows her. Sometimes I just hear voices in my head, and when it’s Patty I can deal with life a little better, so it was amazing to be able to share some song space with her.
How about Alison Krauss?
Alison and I met in Scotland when Jerry Douglas put the Transatlantic Sessions together. She did a version of “Dimming of the Day” that made time stand still. I remember sitting there while she was singing, looking out on this Glen in Scotland thinking that there may never be a more perfect moment to exist. I was really honored that she and Patty took the time to sing with me.
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