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The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood

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Since his 2018 acclaimed, politically charged Breaks it Down, blues singer-songwriter, The Reverend Shawn Amos, has convened The Brotherhood aka: drummer Brady Blade (Buddy Miller, Dave Matthews, Indigo Girls), bassist Christopher Thomas (Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Macy Gray), and longtime Rev aide-de-camp, guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts – all friends from a life in music, gathered on a singular mission.
The Brotherhood first teamed up on the Rev’s Mindi Abair-produced 2015 debut blues LP, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You — recorded in Blade’s former Shreveport, LA studio. For their forthcoming album, Blue Sky, they gathered in Texas Hill Country. Sonically, the Lone Star state certainly informs the album, imbuing swagger, swing, and equal parts loss and dark, visceral excitement.
“These songs are really special to Shawn,” says Brady Blade, who the Rev calls “the Keith Moon of roots-rock drummers.” Blade originally met his front man in Nashville whilst playing on Solomon Burke’s Nashville album (which featured the Amos-penned “Vicious Circle”). The bond was instant and lasting.
“With the Brotherhood,” says the Rev, “I don’t always know what’ll happen. I just know the voodoo will be good. To get improvisational has been wonderful. We lay down a swampy groove.”

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