A minister’s daughter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood, Amy Black’s songs have begun to cement her as part of the next generation of Americana artists.
According to the Americana and alt-country magazine No Depression, “Amy Black has a smooth, seductive sound that commands attention… [She] sings in a folk-styled country voice that suggests bits of Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Judy Collins, edged by the blues of Bonnie Raitt and a hint of Jennifer Nettle’s sass.”
In an era of perfectly polished and plastic “country” stars, Black’s 2011 album “One Time” offers up a sultry, down-home authenticity that puts her in good company with some of her famous forebears – and not just because she completely nails a cover of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).”
The album starts off with advice for an Alabama man who just murdered his girlfriend in the gritty, blues-driven “Run Johnny,” and just gets better from there. There’s plenty of whiskey, struggling country gals and lying and cheating men on the disc, but Black’s lyrics are wry enough to rise above the usual tropes (“The bed you left feels way too small, in my bare feet I’m much too tall,” she sings on the wistful torch ballad “You Lied.”)
The album closes with Claude Ely’s “Ain’t No Grave,” recorded most recently by Johnny Cash and released posthumously. Black’s version may not be as gravelly as Cash’s, but her smooth twang and clear conviction makes it just as compelling.
Black is currently performing shows around the Northeast. For more on Amy, visit AmyBlack.com.