With Amos Lee passing through, Allan found himself at ease in the arms of a woman as we snuggled at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Saturday night.
Seeing Amos Lee in concert was definitely a bucket list item for me. Watching this extremely talented musician live on stage simply blew me away. With his soul voice and solid acoustic songwriter style, he kept it loose and he kept it tight.
Amos Lee opened with Windows Rolled Down, a perfect start given his commentary on Florida’s winter. “What’s the deal with you all? You all just thought you would just f*ck the winter or what?”
As for the charitable side of Amos Lee, he shared a story about “Dora”, a hospice patient that began dancing as he sang for her outside her room. Fans also learned that one dollar from each ticket would be donated to Musicians On Call, a non-profit charity that brings live music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
Much like Dora, the audience couldn’t help but dance and clap along. Song after song audience members were moved to their feet. What began as an intimate songwriter session quickly transformed into a nightclub atmosphere as he fed off the energy of the audience.
More than a man with a guitar, Amos Lee fans saw the sexy, musical fun side to an often serious songwriter. With mash-up covers of Fat-Bottomed Girls /All the Single Ladies and Won’t Let Me Go/Thinkin’ About You, he spotlighted the talent of his accompanying musicians as well as his complex, diverse musical style and taste.
From the volume of the audience sing-along choir, everyone enjoyed his renditions of these popular R&B covers as well as Amos Lee favorites. For the perfect finale, he ended another classic cover, Boyz II Men’s End of The Road.
For more great clips of the actual Amos Lee concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall, check out GJWinston’s YouTube channel.