Sam Amidon was born Samuel Tear in Brattleboro, Vermont, 1981, to Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, both well established performers and teachers of folk, a music which runs freely throughout the New England heartland. Growing up in this solid environment with strong family ties most certainly set the scene for Sam’s musical trajectory. His little brother is the great Stefan Amidon, who is a drummer.
“A folk singer in the traditional sense, Abidon crafts old songs in new ways. Nursery rhymes, a love tune by Big Star, gnarled gospel, an R&B ballad by R Kelly… either way, it is startling, moving stuff.” – The Guardian
Learning fiddle at the age of three, and recording/performing since 1988, Sam has been involved musically with The Amidons (a band formed by his parents that is dedicated to traditional dance and music forms), Popcorn Behavior/Assembly, Doveman, Stars Like Fleas, Nico Muhly, Childsplay, Wild Asparagus,Siucra, Markus James, Seamus Egan, Billy Budd, Tall Firs, Elysian Fields and Eye Contact, to name quite a few.
“Amidon grew up singing folk music in Brattleboro, Vermont; his parents were members of the Word of Mouth chorus, a community choir which performed sacred harp hymns in the 1970s. As a vocalist, Amidon is preternaturally calm, poised, but never cold, and when he finds an affirmation of faith, it’s hard not to feel that liberation deep down in your gut.” – Pitchfork
Sam’s first album, ‘Solo Fiddle’, was released in 2001, and has been followed by five others, the latest 2010’s ‘I See The Sign’