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It’s time once again for WXPN's annual 12 Days Of Local Christmas, our holiday gift of song from artists in the local music scene. XPN mid-day and Philly Local host Helen Leicht reached out to a number of local musicians to write original holiday songs. Each weekday through Christmas we’ll be offering these songs to you for free, compliments of the bands to download. We’ll play them on WXPN for our My Morning Download feature with XPN’s Morning Show host Michaela Majoun in the 9AM ET hour and on Helen’s Philly Local pick of the day in the 1PM ET hour. Some of this year's artists include Amos Lee, Creem Circus, Dana Alexandra and Lily Mae.




Amos Lee Warms Up On Stage And In Conversation

November 22, 2013 - Amos Lee is our guest today with live performances from the stage of World Cafe Live. Amos released his first album in 2005.
On Amos Lee's fifth studio album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, the Philadelphia songwriter hit the road with his band and headed down to Nashville, Tennessee to record.
This week there are two Free At Noon performances. First one is Diego Garcia at The World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. The second is a Amos Lee at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The Diego Garcia Free at Noon is at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.


The Amos Lee Free At Noon is SOLD OUT at the World Cafe Live Philadelphia

You can still sign up for Diego Garcia.


Back in Philly, the second half of the show welcomes hometown favorite Amos Lee. His fifth LP, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, is out on Blue Note Records this month, and its possibly Lee's most stylistically adventurous release to date. While staying true to the singer-songwriter template that earned him an international following, Lee ventures into old timey country and ragtime sounds in some moments of the album, while rolling out some expansive rockers at others. He also collaborates with some impressive names – Patty Griffin and Allison Krauss. He'll be back in town on November 27th to headline the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.

Recent Release: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Blue Note Records (Universal)

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From indie-alternative rock in his formative band Elefant to the suave and catchy acoustic crooning we've come to love, Diego Garcia is an artist with range. His second solo album, Paradise, is out this month on Concord Records, and it stays true to the Latin flavors of his 2011 debut Laura – an XPN listener favorite – but steps the game up with fuller sounding and more expansive production. He headlines World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on October 23rd, but this week's Free at Noon double-header performance from World Cafe Live at The Queen in Delaware will give you a taste of what to expect later this month.

The Diego Garcia Free at Noon is at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.



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Recent Release: Paradise
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Concord

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For his fourth album, Mission Bell, Philadelphia native Amos Lee was drawn to Tucson, Arizona to work with producer/musician Joey Burns of the band Calexico. The acclaimed songwriter not only takes a subtle step in a new direction, but takes a commanding step forward in his artistry. The heart and soul of Mission Bell is uniquely Lee, yet texturally the presence of Burns, his Calexico bandmates and an all-star cast of guests pays instant dividends.

Blessed with a wonderful voice and a fine storytelling style, Philly's own Amos Lee seems poised to take his craft to a wider audience. His sophomore album - Supply & Demand - will most certainly help him get there.

Way back in the Winter of 2002, XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht began playing an independent release from a Philly based singer-songwriter named Amos Lee. Soulful and organic, Lee was making ends meet working at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and honing his craft by playing open-mic nights and writing songs. After recording an EP, his music reached Helen - who directs XPN’s Philly Local program – and she began playing songs like “Colors” and “Arms Of A Woman.”

For his fourth album, Mission Bell, Philadelphia native Amos Lee was drawn to Tucson, Arizona to work with producer/musician Joey Burns of the band Calexico. The acclaimed songwriter not only takes a subtle step in a new direction, but takes a commanding step forward in his artistry. The heart and soul of Mission Bell is uniquely Lee, yet texturally the presence of Burns, his Calexico bandmates and an all-star cast of guests pays instant dividends.

Amos Lee's music on his third album Last Days At The Lodge, on Blue Note, continues to be a compelling mix of soul, folk, and blues music. The new album was produced by Don Was. The CD features Amos on guitars/vocals, Doyle Bramhall, Jr. (Eric Clapton) on guitar, Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Aretha Franklin) on keys, Pino Palladino (The Who) on bass, and James Gadson (Bill Withers) on drums.

Blessed with a wonderful voice and a fine storytelling style, Philly's own Amos Lee seems poised to take his craft to a wider audience. His sophomore album - Supply & Demand - will most certainly help him get there.

Way back in the Winter of 2002, XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht began playing an independent release from a Philly based singer-songwriter named Amos Lee. Soulful and organic, Lee was making ends meet working at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and honing his craft by playing open-mic nights and writing songs. After recording an EP, his music reached Helen - who directs XPN’s Philly Local program – and she began playing songs like “Colors” and “Arms Of A Woman.”

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