Amy Helm – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 5th, 2018

Amy Helm

Commanding Americana songwriter, vocalist and Ollabelle / Levon Helm Band member

Amy Helm

Holly Ann

Wed, September 5, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 ADV / $24 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Amy Helm
Amy Helm
Amy Helm sought what she calls a “circular sound” for her new album. It’s a well-rounded one, one marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave. And sentimentally, it’s a sound that represents the feeling of community.



This Too Shall Light, due September 21 on Yep Roc Records, comprises 10 songs produced by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry. Helm left her home and comfort zone of Woodstock, NY, choosing to record in Los Angeles within the confines of just a four-day window. The musicians were directed not to overthink the songs, and Helm herself barely performed any of the selections while leading up to the recording. As a result, the sessions forced fast musical trust among the collaborators and yielded the vibrant instrumental improvisations heard throughout This Too Shall Light.



Although a profound songwriter herself, Helm and Henry jointly arranged a diverse collection of songs for the record, which range from Rod Stewart’s “Mandolin Wind” to Allen Toussaint’s “Freedom for the Stallion” and even the Milk Carton Kids’ “Michigan.” The title track in particular, written by Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Bob Weir, Craig Finn), is a brilliant summation of the record’s sound and spirit. Seemingly a play on the old adage that “This too shall pass,” Helm’s voice veers from commanding to supplicating within a single soulful verse, as she manipulates that message so that light leads throughout even the darkest of times.



A lifelong musician and music-lover, Helm’s parents —The Band’s legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus — guided her training and influences. She later became a founding member of the alt-country collective Ollabelle and served as a backing musician in her father's Midnight Ramble Band. And on This Too Shall Light, Helm says that two songs in particular pay homage to Levon — “The Stones I Throw,” a song he released in 1965 with Levon and the Hawks, and the closing traditional number, an a cappella version of the hymnal “Gloryland,” which was passed from father to daughter.



While This Too Shall Light is only Helm’s second album under her own name, it serves as a comprehensive portrait covering her life's journeys and recoveries; They’re the stories that, no matter where they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle.
Holly Ann
Holly Ann
Holly Ann is a singer/songwriter native to portland, OR. Her debut album "Ravens" came out in 2010 when Holly was 20. It was produced by Aaron Marsh of Copeland in Lakeland, Florida. The release was full of heartfelt and lamenting lyrics set to catchy melodies and lush arrangements, with many critics citing Holly's writing beyond her years. It peaked at #3 on the Amazon singer/songwriter charts as well as breaking the top 200 on iTunes.
In 2012 Holly Ann's name began emerging again, this time supporting names like Josh white, Liz vice and Josh Garrels through Deeper Well Records.

This last December Holly Ann released her second solo album through Deeper Well Records entitled "Light & Bloom" cited by critics as a edgy and mature sophomore release. "Light & Bloom" was Produced in conjunction with Evan Way of the Parson Red Heads and Danny O'Hanlon from Bungalow 9 studios and showcases more of Holly's contemplative lyrics deeply in-tune with the joys and struggles of holding on to faith, this time with a stronger band presence. This release is sure to be enjoyed by fans of albums like Emmy Lou Harris's "Wrecking Ball" Mazzy Star's " So Tonight That I Might See" and Ryan Adams "Love is Hell". Light & Bloom remained on the top charts of Noisetrade for well over a month after the release and continues to receive kind reviews and national airplay.