Philadelphia folk-rocker Amos Lee lived in San Francisco for a while recently, just hung out at a friend’s apartment for several weeks and took in all of our fabulous sights while he was composing songs for his latest chart-topping “Mission Bell” release.
And he’ll return this Wednesday, in a show at Oakland’s Fox Theater, backing a brand-new iTunes exclusive, the eight-song “Live From Soho” EP, which boasts hits like this year’s “Windows Are Rolled Down” as well as covers of Ween’s “Buenos Tardes Amigo” and Neil Young’s “Are You Ready For The Country.” And this Thursday, he’ll perform his latest hit “Flower” (with a truly remarkable video you can view on his Facebook or Vevo pages) on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
One “Mission Bell” song, “Learned A Lot,” was specifically inspired by Lee’s time in the Bay Area, much of it simply spent walking his friend’s dog around town.
What did he discover here?
“The truth is, what I learned — and what I was trying to get through on that song — is that in situations that come up while you’re running around Earth and feeling things out, self-reliance is really important,” he says, catching his breath. “And it’s not an overwhelming feature that a lot of people have been brought up with, because there’s a lot of dependence that’s required of us in a lot of ways. So we need to trust ourselves a little bit more and let things go that can be let go, because a lot of times, people understand pain as the anchor and life as the ocean, and sometimes they just wanna put the anchor down and wait with it. And sometimes that’s a wise thing to do, because you wanna understand where you are, but other times you just need to continue on. So for me, that time in San Francisco was a real regrouping situation, and it refueled me enough to go ‘All right — I’m ready to go record, ready to do more shows!’ It really rejuvenated me.”