Second release from forthcoming album
The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down
Out February 16th
Following the summer release of his single and music video â€œAinâ€™t Gonna Name Names,â€ critically acclaimed American roots artist,Â The Reverend Shawn AmosÂ presents the second song from his upcoming album,Â The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. â€œ2017â€ is now available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital music sellers via Amosâ€™ own Put Together Music imprint (via distributor AWAL).Â With a string section reminiscent of B.B. Kingâ€™s â€œThe Thrill Is Goneâ€œ and Marvin Gayeâ€™s Whatâ€™s Going On, â€œ2017â€ is a timely commentary on our divided discourse â€” and a heartfelt plea to listen to our better angels.Â
Listen: The Reverend Shawn Amos – “2017”
â€œ2017â€ is one in a series of what Amos calls â€œ21st century freedom songs,â€ inspired by the gospel-born protest songs of the 1960s American civil rights movement. Recorded in Memphisâ€™ Royal Studios with surviving members of Al Greenâ€™s lauded 1970s rhythm section, â€œ2017â€ calls listeners to â€œopen up our hearts and brains/Think about what our childrenâ€™s eyes have seen/In the year 2017.â€ The song also features vocals from Memphis-based vocal group, The Masqueraders.
The track was co-produced by Amos and album producer, James Saez who also mixed. Amos says his forthcoming album,Â The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, is meant to â€œremind of us our commonality and our brotherhood. Iâ€™ve been listening to a lot of music from the Staples Singers, Freedom Singers, and other â€˜60s blues, folk and gospel acts. Music meant to stir our conscience. Weâ€™re living in similar times; We need songs to help us stand up.â€
Watch the music video forÂ “Ain’t Gonna Name Names”Â here:Â https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icGbmx-LQO8
Shawn Amos has been featured on NPRâ€™sÂ Weekend EditionÂ and SCPRâ€™s â€œTake Twoâ€ radio programs, and has received accolades fromÂ Relix,Â Purevolume,Â Elmore, and others. He has performed as aÂ live musical guest onÂ Good Day New York,Â ABC News,Â and SiriusXMâ€™s Bluesville. HeÂ also turned in a must-see studio performance forÂ Classicalite.Â
His previous recordÂ The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves YouÂ reached #2 on Roots Music Reportâ€™s Contemporary BluesÂ Album Chart,Â aand was produced by 2x Grammy nominee,Â Mindi Abair.