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Amy Black - Powerful and Distinctive

Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ September 9, 2013 ~

Oct 17, 2013
Kimmy Sophia Brown

Amy Black is what you could call a whole lotta woman. Bearing a slight resemblance to Trisha Yearwood, she opened for Eilen Jewell, all bright and brassy, with an acoustic guitar and a voice that could fill church rafters. She played a half dozen or so original, Americana/bluesy tunes, and then blew the roof off with an a cappella version of “Shadow of Doubt” – a tune made famous by Bonnie Raitt. Though she has been a resident of the Northeast for quite a while, she has retained an atmosphere of the southern preacher’s daughter.

Speaking of preachers and their children, I got to thinking that she could probably do powerful covers of “Son of a Preacher Man”, as well as “Proud Mary.” She’s got that passionate, hold-nothing-back kind of stage presence. In fact, I wonder if she has done musical theater. I can definitely see her on Broadway.

Amy Black is one of those brave souls that you feel proud of, because she decided to leave behind her career as a businesswoman, and try her luck at making it as a musician. She has the talent and the personality and quite a set of pipes. She could nail “The Star Spangled Banner” at a presidential inauguration, or at least the Superbowl! I wish her unbridled success. Visit her website,

Press photo by Scott Goldberg

Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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