Amelia White is a prolific songwriter with a lot of depth. A lot of her music derives from dark corners of the human condition and are spotted with pain, loneliness, deception and despair. The tight-knit enclave of East Nashville has that power over many of the hundreds of songwriters and singers that occupy that neighborhood east of the city downtown. East Nashville is still Tennessee, complete with all of the bigotry, racism and homophobia that runs rampant through the rural countryside and suburban mansions and while East Nashville can give a relief it can't change the way it is in Tennessee. It's a big transition from the Boston streets she cut her teeth on, but Boston has a way of toughening up anyone.
It's not all darkness however because beneath it all Amelia White is also a great story teller. Her songs are vivid portraits painted in broad strokes about a myriad of things...from her parents to her lost loves to traveling the continent and meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Kind of like Anthony Bourdain with a guitar instead of food. Amelia is a sweetheart at heart. Friendly, sometimes outgoing, sometimes reserved, always intelligent and perceptive and it comes out in her music and her stage presence. She's a gifted songwriter and her soft voice gives comfort to the characters regardless of their predicament in her stories.
She brought along an upright bass player, Scott Warman, she met on a UK Tour she had just wrapped before coming to the Fallout Shelter to film The Extended Play Sessions along with long time guitarist and friend Russell Chudnovsky. As a three piece they coasted through a host of new songs from her latest album 'Rhythm of the Rain.'
AMELIA WHITE BAND
Amelia White - acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica
Russell Chudnovsky - electric guitar
Scott Warman - upright bass, vocals
The Session Crew
Produced and edited by:
H. Nat Stevens
Dan Busler Photography