Personnel: Amos Lee (vocals, guitar); Zach Djanikian (vocals, guitar, mandolin, saxophone); Andy Keenan (vocals, pedal steel guitar, saxophone); Jaron Olevsky (vocals, accordion, keyboards); Annie Clements (vocals); Courtney Hershey Bress (harp); Ann Marie Hoffman, Claude Sim, Myroslava Ivanchenko, Robert Stoyanov, Felix Petit, Paul Primus, Miroslaw Pastusiak, John Hilton, Yumi Hwang-Williams, Ben Odhner , Mark Lamprey, Larisa Fesmire, Karen Kinzie, Jerry Chiu, Erik Peterson , Dorian Kincaid, Bradley Watson, Boram Kangm, Amy Tyson, Allegra Wermuth, Wyn Hart, Thomas Hanulik, Tena White, Stirling Trent (violin); Basil Vendryes, Charlyn Campbell, Helen McDermott, Philip Stevens, Mary Cowell, Marsha Holmes, Kelly Shanafelt (viola); Danielle Guideri, Thomas Heinrich, Susan Bowles, Silver Ainomae, Matthew Switzer, Margaret Mulliken, Judith Galecki, Susan Yun (cello); Julie Duncan Thornton (flute, piccolo); Catherine Peterson, Brook Ferguson (flute); Andrew Stevens (clarinet, bass clarinet); Abby Raymond (clarinet, e flat clarinet); Jason Shafer (clarinet); Jasob Lichtenwalter (oboe, English horn); Peter Cooper , Monica Hanulik (oboe); Roger Soren (bassoon, contrabassoon); Chad Cognata, Tristan Rennie (bassoon); Justyn Bartels, Daniel Kuehn , Patrick Tillery (trumpet); Gregory Harper, Paul Naslund (bass trombone); Stephen Dombrowski (tuba); Michael Thornton, Cara Kizer, Kolio Plachkov, David Brussel, Carolyn Kunicki (horns); Fred Berman (drums); Steve Hearn (timpani, percussion); William Hill (timpani); Lee Vinson, John Kinzie, Terry Smith (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Andrew Scheps.
Recording information: Red Rocks, Colorado (08/01/2014).
Editor: Justin Hergett.
Photographers: Tobin Voggesser; Perry Greenfield.
Recorded at the iconic Colorado amphitheater in August 2014, Live at Red Rocks showcases singer/songwriter Amos Lee in concert backed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. An intimate songwriter with a poignant country-, folk- and soul-inflected sound, Lee has built an impressive career over the 15-plus years since the release of his self-titled 2005 debut. Having started out as a guitar-and-vocals-based artist, the Philadelphia-born Lee has become a chance-taking journeyman and bandleader, able to pull all of his eclectic influences into a warm, rootsy style all his own. Although not Lee's first live effort, Live at Red Rocks is his first proper, fully produced concert album, meant to fit into his main discography next to his studio recordings. In that sense, it works as both a showcase for Lee's talents and a celebration of all he's achieved. Consciously gathering songs from all of his albums, Lee has crafted a seamless live experience that flows from the languid folk of "Windows Rolled Down" to the rambling twang of "Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps" to the R&B slow-jam balladry of "Won't Let Me Go." The inclusion of the Colorado Symphony works as much more than window dressing. The gorgeously penned arrangements add extra depth and nuance to Lee's songs, further illuminating heretofore hinted at influences such as the Led Zeppelin-sounding orchestral bombast of "Street Corner Preacher" and the rambling, Van Morrison-esque troubadour soul sound of "Flower." For longtime Lee fans, Live at Red Rocks will certainly play as a vibrant platform to revisit his work. And for those who have never heard Lee before this album, Live at Red Rocks is a superb place to start. ~ Matt Collar