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Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass, Velvet Caravan @Service Brewing

Thursday, May 14, 9:30 p.m., $20

A FAVORITE from Savannah Stopover and Revival Fest, Amythyst Kiah returns with her band of Tennessee blues-soul renegades (members of this mountain!) for a special show at Service Brewing HQ.

If you’ve heard Kiah sing before, you’re well-acquainted with the way her rich and mesmerizingly strong vocals can make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up. Hard to believe she’s only been singing for the last four or five years.

“For me, songwriting has been a very difficult thing, because in the beginning, I thought of myself as a guitar player,” Kiah shares.

While studying Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music at East Tennessee State University, Kiah began reinterpreting older songs in her own unique style. Nowadays, as she finishes her graduate degree in Gender & Diversity Studies and Appalachian Studies, Kiah feels compelled to fuse her academia and music.

It’s a balance of writing about—inferring—discussion of issues while still keeping the integrity of the art,” she explains. “Right now I’ve written a lot of cool ideas, songs I’ve started about being a person who is interested in gender diversity, looking at Western culture and the affects it has on marginalized people.”

Velvet Caravan kicks off the evening. It’s not the first time Savannah’s gypsy jazz troupe has teamed up with Kiah—last Stopover, they joined her on an original, “Trouble So Hard,” on-air at GPB Savannah. Kiah says the gents will be joining her again for the Service show.

“Every time I come to Savannah, it’s always a good time,” Kiah says. “The people are amazing, and working with Stopover is an amazing pleasure.”

Cover charge includes brewery tours and free tastings.