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Free Performance: Amythyst Kiah

Amythyst Kiah

Amythyst Kiah is an alternative-country blues singer and songwriter who fuses old-time music with R&B and country standards to create a contemporary, soulful rendition. She defines her sound as “southern roots music.” 

On Sunday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m., enjoy her free performance Music of the Carolinas: Amythyst Kiah in Daniels Auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m. The concert is presented with PineCone and support from the Museum of History Associates and Williams Mullen.

Kiah draws heavily on old-time music, such as the Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, and she is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and country music from the 1950s to 1970s that include Big Mama Thornton, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Kiah also draws from contemporary popular artists who have similar powerful vocal integrity: Adele, Florence and the Machine, Janelle Monae and Bonnie Raitt. 

Kiah’s new album, “Dig,” is raw and sparse, with heavy lyrical content on themes of loss, betrayal and murder. The musician is a 2012 graduate of the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. She has opened for such acts as Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, the Duhks, and Megan Jean and the KFB. She has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., and on “Music City Roots” radio show in Nashville. 

For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.