Sam Amidon weet actuele popliedjes om te toveren tot oude folk songs.
For Sam Amidon, there is no difference between an old rural folk ballad and a new urban radio jam. On his new album, Bright Sunny South, he covers both Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw, who join the illustrious ranks of Dock Boggs, children's folk singer Ella Jenkins, R. Kelly, Tears for Fears, and Katrina and the Waves in his catalogue of covers. He brings the sentiments from each song into his own weird world-- some Appalachian mountain holler, essentially removed from time. These covers could have come across as cheap stunts, not unlike those acoustic approximations of rap hits, but instead they’ve become essential to Amidon’s catalog. Born into a musical family and trained since infancy on fiddle and banjo, he does not view old-time music as an easy path to authenticity, just as he has no use for suspenders and tweed. On the other hand, he understands that the folk tradition extends to pop music. Amidon is not awestruck by the songs he sings, whether they’re several decades or several months old, and that gives his music-- especially on his new album-- a breeziness that underscores rather than undercuts the songs’ sense of persistent loneliness. (Pitchfork)