Amos Lee Enlists Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin for New Song

(Radio.com) Don't call Amos Lee's "The Man Who Wants You" a country song. In fact, he explains it as just the opposite. A "pretty simple, straightforward tune," Lee said he was listening to Clarence Carter, who was in part the inspiration behind the track on his new album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, released Tuesday (Oct. 8).

"People say it's country which I don't really agree with. I hear country-ish things in it but I don't really think it's country," he told Radio.com before his performance at Farm Aid a few weeks back. "I think it's a bunch of stuff. Clarence Carter is what you would call country-soul and country-R&B, and I always really liked him."

Lee has been given props by everyone from Zac Brown to Willie Nelson, whom he enlisted for his previous LP Mission Bell. Hard to categorize his music, Lee says there's elements of everything in his music.

"To me, I've never really placed much of an importance on genre or typifying anything," he said. "I really try to honor the process and work from that place."

On his latest release, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, Lee recorded with his touring band in Nashville. Produced by Jay Joyce, he shares a poignant duet, "Chill in the Air, with Alison Krauss, whom he previously met through the Transatlantic Sessions in 2011, on the poignant "Chill In the Air."

A huge fan of Patty Griffin, Lee urged his producer to connect them for the new album's title track. "I heard her voice on a song and I said, 'Dude, if you could it'd be great,'" Lee said. "And he [Jay Joyce] hooked it up. They're amazing and I'm honored for them to be on the record." more on this story

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