Amos Lee Lights Up the Night with the Colorado Symphony
by Cat Johnson
Amos Lee famously blends genres and styles. His foundation is in American roots music, he can rock with the best of them, and he can get so deep and soulful with a ballad that you feel the tears welling up.
On his new release, Live at Red Rocks With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Lee one-ups himself by recruiting a symphony orchestra to back him up and playing at the legendary Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado.
The result is an album that is at times soft and acoustic, and at other times, downright triumphant, with strings, horns, keyboard, and drums all ringing out in the Colorado night.
Longtime fans of Lee will appreciate that he performs material from throughout his career, but puts emphasis on his outstanding album, Mission Bell. Standout tracks include “Windows Are Rolled Down,” “El Camino,” and “Flower.”
“Starting out in small clubs, and corner bars, it was both humbling and exhilarating to take the stage for a sold out show at Red Rocks,” Lee told the Wall Street Journal. “The performance, which I’m very proud of, is a testament to how much my band has grown and how fluid and versatile the CSO and their conductor, Scott O’Neil, are. I was floating the entire night, and still find it a little hard to fathom it’s happening. I’m grateful to have taken part in such a special night with people who are immensely talented and generous of spirit.”