Friday, February 28, 2014

Live from Daryl's House hosts Amos Lee

Daryl Hall continues to hit it out of the park, or, should I say "house," on his outstanding and groundbreaking music series. His latest guest is singer-songwriter Amos Lee, who blew me away when I reviewed him at House of Blues Anaheim in January 2011. Read my review of that concert that ran in The Orange County Register here, and check out details on the new episode of 'Live from Daryl's House' below...

 'Live from Daryl's House' on Palladia 
Daryl Hall and Amos Lee christen his new
clubhouse/venue/restaurant on latest installment, premiered last night,
Feb. 27 on Palladia, and will be shown April 15 on, featuring Daryl solo rarity "I'm in a Philly Mood" and Mutlu guest-starring on "Caramel"

From left, Amos Lee, Daryl Hall and Mutlu.
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Live from Daryl's House celebrates it's Philadelphia roots in its new Pawling, N.Y., location as fellow City of Brotherly Love native Amos Lee joins Daryl Hall for the show's 66th and latest installment. The episode premiered on Viacom's high-definition music channel Palladia on Thursday, February 27 and will be available on the VH1 App on March 7 before being made available April 15 on Daryl's dedicated website, the first to be filmed at Daryl's still-under-construction new "clubhouse," a combination concert venue and restaurant he is currently restoring as a future home for the show.  

One-time schoolteacher Lee and Daryl team up for a seven-song performance that includes an eclectic set list that includes a rare Daryl Hall solo song, the aptly named R&B harmonies of "I'm in a Philly Mood," from his 1993 Soul Alone album, as well as a  pair of Hall and Oates classics, including "When the Morning Comes," the first track on their 1973 Abandoned Luncheonette album, "The Method of Modern Love," a Top 5 hit on 1984's smash Big Bam Boom album. Amos and the band also run through two songs from his self-titled 2004 Blue Note debut, "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight," a song about rising rents and gentrification in his old Philly neighborhood, and "Seen It All Before," reminiscent of a cross between The Band at its most soulful and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." There are also takes on "Windows are Rolled Down," from his chart-topping 2011 Mission Bell album and a version of "Caramel," by his longtime bandmate and opening act Mutlu, who sits in on vocals for a song that the two played on the Norah Jones tour.  

In the regular cooking segment, Daryl's old pal and namesake from nearby Vinny's Deli demonstrates the many uses of Daryl's House Marinara Sauce by using it to cook a seafood fra diavolo, with shrimp, scungilli, clams and pasta, as well as a pizza.  

Lee raved about the experience: "We had a great time doing Live from Daryl's House. Everyone was really cool and we had a lot of fun. I just saw them over the past year at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and at the Tower in Philadelphia. I'm more of a fan now than I was before. I really respect Daryl as a writer."  

Added Daryl: "We had a good time. We got Philadelphia-ized, and pretty funky. Some funk was definitely had."  

Amos has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams and Zac Brown Band, and been touted as a favorite songwriter and performer by The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. He followed his 2004 debut with the critically acclaimed Supply and Demand (2006) and Last Days at the Lodge (2008). 2011's Mission Bell entered the Billboard 200, Amazon, and iTunes charts at # 1 and contained the chart-topping Triple A radio hit "Windows are Rolled Down." His latest album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song (2013), topped the Americana radio chart for two consecutive months, featuring guest appearances by Alison Krauss and Patti Griffin. The New York Times hailed it as "serenely sure-footed" while Elmore noted it "may be Lee's finest yet."  

Lee will appear on an upcoming Jimmy Kimmel Live!, guest on Tavis in March and be featured on an episode of PBS' Music City Roots, a new variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale in Nashville. This summer, he is scheduled to perform at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (June 12-15) and Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE (June 17-19).He will be accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra when he plays his first headline show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, on August 1. Amos is donating $1 from each ticket sold for the tour to Musicians on Call (, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.  

The past seven years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl's House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony at N.Y.'s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV.  

Live from Daryl's House executive producers are Hall and manager Jonathan Wolfson.

The 65 previous episodes of Live From Daryl's House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Gavin DeGraw, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Jason Mraz, The Voice's Cee Lo Green, Shelby Lynne, Joe Walsh, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, along with newcomers such as Grizzly Bear, Rumer, Allen Stone, the Dirty Heads, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T's, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums and Neon Trees.  

Palladia, Viacom Media Networks' high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music-based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, contemporary, classic rock, alternative rock, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from Viacom Music Group's MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services. The channel has grown to 32 million households and is available on major U.S. carriers including Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner, Dish, DIRECTV, Charter, AT&T u-Verse, Cablevision and Insight.

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