She adds the beautiful harmonies (and a fun dose of “sass”) to Kurt Gunn full band performances and she’s “The Girl” in Gunn and The Girl duo. She’s a good friend to The Avenue and this week she’s sharing what’s playing at her house. There’s some great stuff in here! Take a listen, try something new and learn a little more about what influences Amanda James.
Betty Davis – “Hanging Out”
Not to be confused with the actress, Bette Davis, Betty Davis was briefly married to Miles Davis and actually introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. Released 3 LPs in the early 70s and decided fame wasn’t for her. “Hanging Out” is a song released by Columbia records in the 2016 and is probably the most radio friendly of her releases.
Three Dog Night – “Liar”
Peter, Paul & Mary – “If I Had My Way” and “No Easy Walk to Freedom”
These are two influential songs that you can listen to while watching the news.
Crosby Stills & Nash – “Helplessly Hoping”
Elvis Costello w/Natalie Bergman (Wild Belle) – “This Year’s Girl”
Using Costellos original 1978 vocals he re-released this song for the second season of “The Duece” (HBO)
Lou Christie – “Lightning Strike”
Alt J – “Something Good, Every Other Freckle”
Arum Rae – “Warranty Queen”
Esme Patterson – “Louder than Sound” and “Valentine”
Both off her 2014 album, Woman to Woman, these tracks are two of my favorite.
Shakey Graves w/ Esme Patterson – “Be a Big-Time Nashville Star”
Shovels & Rope – “Hollowpoint Blues”
Lera Lynn – “Gasoline”
There are multiple tracks I love on her 2014 album, this currently being my favorite.
There is something I like going on in Australia/New Zealand these last couple years. These last artists are all from that area, and from what I can tell aren’t affiliated with each other.
Gin Wigmore – “Kill of the Night”
She had an opening act for someone in Green Bay these last couple years. They cancelled and she ended up playing an amazing 3 hour set to fill!
Georgia Fair – “Fiery Night”
Matt Corby – “Brother”
George Ogilvie – “Foreign Hands”
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