Born in Chattanooga and now based in Johnson City, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage
presence is matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound
that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past.
Accompanied interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band, her eclectic
influences span decades, finding inspiration in old time music, alternative rock,
folk, country, and blues.
Our Native Daughters, her recent collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla,
and Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), has delivered a full-length album produced
by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell, “Songs of Our Native Daughters” (out now on Smithsonian Folkways). NPR described the opening track, Black Myself,
written by Amythyst, as “the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism.”
Amythyst regularly tours the United Kingdom and has performed at Celtic Connections,
Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival,
and SummerTyne Americana Festival. Provocative and fierce, Amythyst’s ability to cross boundaries is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.