Amythst Kiah

It is unusual for the Rooster’s Wife to present artists on Saturday night. However, allowances are made to accommodate artists’ schedules, especially for those of particularly high profile — and affection.

Aberdeen is not always on the way to the next performing arts center, or concert hall. Fortunately for our community July 13 finds Amythyst Kiah on her way to join in her latest collaboration, “Songs of Our Native Daughters,” which brings to light the specific experience of black women through the beautiful music and writing of contemporary black female musicians. 

Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell have delivered a full-length album produced by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell, “Songs of Our Native Daughters,” out now on Smithsonian Folkways. NPR described the opening track, “Black Myself,” written by Kiah, as “the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism.” The supergroup will hit the road in July with a series of special dates that include performances at Washington, D.C.,’s Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the Newport Folk Festival.

Born in Chattanooga and now based in Johnson City, Kiah’s commanding stage presence is matched by her raw and powerful vocals — a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Accompanied interchangeably with banjo and acoustic guitar, her eclectic influences span decades, finding inspiration in old time music, alternative rock, folk, country and blues. She regularly tours the United Kingdom and has performed at Celtic Connections, Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival.

She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in the U.S. and has shined at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and opening for artists such as the Indigo Girls, Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, Old Crow Medicine Show, First Aid Kit, Darrell Scott, and Tim O'Brien.Provocative and fierce, Kiah’s ability to cross boundaries is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.

The Rooster’s Wife is a community arts organization dedicated to bringing the best in live music to the Sandhills. Home base is the listening room of Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St. Children are welcome, with admission waived for the under-12 set. No BYOB, please; a full bar is available featuring Reverie Cocktails and Southern Pines Brewing products. Dinner is available on-site. Annual membership may be purchased online or at the door.

Tickets for Amythyst Kiah are $17 for members. For more information, the complete schedule or to purchase tickets on line, visit or call (910)944-7502.

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