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SAM was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, June 3, 1981. His
parents are Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. His little brother
is the great Stefan Amidon, who is a drummer. Sam currently
lives in, he forgets, somewhere near New York City.
Praise for "All Is Well:"
"In an era of overheated Nick Drake comparisons,
Amidon is eerily close to the real thing, singing in a
fragile but certain tenor againsnt the deep breath and
soft sweep of Nico Muhly's orchestrations...a public domain
that is all inner space."
-David Fricke, Rolling Stone
"All Is Well is not music; it is as pure as the tune
your mother hummed the first time she saw your face, and
almost anything else is corrupt and forged in comparison."
-Lost At Sea
"Think Steinbeck with Chuck Taylors on."
"These songs inhabit their own world, closed off
from the rest of humanity...Amidon doesn't just update
the old world to the new, but finds the roots of the new
world in the old."
-Pitchfork (7.8 rating)
sky-scrapingly great ... All Is Well is viscerally
stunning, comforting, upsetting, entrancing.
With All Is Well, Sam Amidon has crafted a precious
gem of a record, all in nuances and shades, with delicate
overtones and airy harmonies. Sigur?ssons production
is light and subtle yet it gives these songs fantastic
depth and contrast without ever overshadowing Amidons
-The Milk Factory
"A soaring and beautiful butterfly of an album, rich
with tuneful wonder and epic song craft.
Praise for "But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted:"
"But This Chicken Proved False Hearted is undoubtedly
as engaging a sonic experiment as any you'll hear this
"The most interesting folk album of 2007." -Stylus
"...equal parts Nick Drake, Robert Johnson, and Deliverance,
with a dash of 80s synth-pop for flavor...This is
the great American folk album.
- The Nerve"...his often-cracking warble is the anchor
of this release, and it works perfectly. He seems aware
of his vocal limitations, but he uses those boundaries
to enhance the delivery the songs the same way singers
like Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Bob Dylan have...If this
album leads people to trace the roots of these songs,
then Samamidon's job was well done."
-Prefix (7.5 stars out of 10)"Samamidon breathe
new life into old, and sometimes forgotten, songs, which
ends up making But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted a
-All Music Guide (4 Stars out of 5)
"Singer-banjoist Sam Amidon's repertoire is made
up of adapted American folk songs, but he puts a unique
stamp on the material with his gentle, eerily deadpan
voice and subtle arrangements."
"Sam Amidon yelling hillbilly music at the top of
-The New York Times, March 19, 2007
"Sam Amidon proves that a banjo needn't play a breakdown
to evoke the pain of a breakdown." -The Washington
Post, August 3, 2005
"In this photo [my drivers license picture], you
look like the boy from Lord Of The Rings. Except that
in this photo, your eyes are not blue. His eyes are so
blue. When you look into them, it is as if you are looking
at the ring."
-The Bank Teller at Washington Mutual, Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn,
August 16, 2006