Sam Amidon, who also goes by the name samamidon, was born in Brattleboro, Vt., to a family of musicians. Throughout the course of his career, he's contributed to a number of independent projects, including Doveman, Assembly and Stars Like Fleas, though he's no stranger to solo projects. Amidon has released a total of five solo albums, including But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted, which features interpretations on old Appalachian folk songs. Several albums later, Amidon continues his experimentation with traditional folk music, bringing it to a modern audience.
"How About That Blood"
"You Better Mind"
Working with composer Nico Muhly, Amidon has taken an experimental approach on his latest album, I See the Sign. On the new record, which features vocal contributions from Beth Orton, Amidon's interpretations feel relaxed and intimate, but also far-reaching in their ambitions. He even includes a cover of an unreleased R. Kelly song, "Relief."