Sam Amidon is an American guitarist, banjo player and fiddler who grew up in a folk music family in New England. Following three independently released and critically acclaimed albums (But This Chicken Proved False Hearted, All Is Well, and I See the Sign), his fourth, Bright Sunny South, was released in 2013 by Nonesuch Records. His next, Lily-O, recorded with a band including Bill Frisell, was released by the same label in 2014 and his latest Nonesuch release, The Following Mountain, came out in 2017. This was his first of original compositions, contrary to his previous work which mostly reworked existing, largely traditional music.
Amidon has appeared as a guest artist on albums by Tune-Yards, Glen Hansard, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Olof Arnalds, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The National’s Grateful Dead Tribute Day Of The Dead, and others. He tours extensively throughout the US & Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, and has done collaborative concerts and mini-tours with artists such as Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Jason Moran, and Marc Ribot, the Australian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Pekka Kuusisto, and Kronos Quartet with whom he featured on their 2017 Folk Songs project album.
He is married to musician Beth Orton and based in London.