Anthony D’Amato will release the follow-up to 2010’s “modern folk gem” (NPR) ‘Down Wires’—which earned praise from the NY Times, The World Café, Paste, American Songwriter, and more—with ‘Paper Back Bones,’ out May 29. My Old Kentucky Blog is kicking things off with an exclusive premiere of the Woody Guthrie-inspired “On the Banks of the River Where I Died.” Richard Morgan writes: “Of the myriad of artists I’ve covered for MOKB, few, if any, have the undistilled talent of Anthony D’Amato”: http://bit.ly/GPYgxR
Selected by The World Café for their emerging artist series “Next” (past artists include The Low Anthem and Dawes), D’Amato recorded ‘Paper Back Bones’ with a slew of special guests, including Amanda Shires and members of Midlake, Brazilian Girls, Crooked Still, and Ben Kweller’s/Rosanne Cash’s bands. Mastered by Alan Silverman (Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins), the album fleshes out the 24-year-old’s lyrically-driven Americana with fiddle, pedal steel, and piano.
‘Down Wires,’ which was recorded with a single microphone in D’Amato’s Princeton University dorm room, earned an Indie Spotlight pick from Itunes and debuted at #29 on the Singer/Songwriter charts. US dates with Pete Yorn and Ben Kweller and UK dates with Jesse Malin followed, along with support slots with everyone from Alejandro Escovedo to Sarah Jarosz and a spot onstage with Bruce Springsteen at the Light of Day festival finale.