Alana Amram is not your typical folk singer. Along with playing the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival this year she has shared the stage with Metal bands Witchcraft and Danava; Hard Rock band Diamond Nights; indie starlets Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; as well as The Blue Van, TK Webb, The Redwalls; even a burlesque hoolahooper. It’s all part of being a driving force in New York City’s fertile young music scene. These diverse elements manifest themselves in her debut EP Alana Amram and The Rough Gems set for release this fall.
While only in her twenties, Alana’s songs paint a poignant picture of American life that can only be told by someone who has a deep and unique understanding of the land.
The daughter of esteemed composer, writer and poet, David Amram and playwright/songwriter Lora Lee Ecobelli, Alana was born into an opulence of modern American culture.
“My earliest memories are of lying on the balcony at The Brooklyn Academy of Music as my father conducted on stage… and being heat stuck to his vinyl pickup truck seats as we toured through New Mexico…I used to sleep in my mom’s guitar case while she was on stage”, Alana recalled. David Amram is an iconic American figure who traveled and performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Miles Davis. He collaborated with literary greats such Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Hunter Thompson.
This priceless first-hand exposure created a profound foundation from which Alana absorbed the influences of the last hundred years and built them into a personal and contemporary voice. A timeless aesthetic is interwoven with the vibrant energy of the city in songs such as “Take A Drink”. The vivid imagery in “Painted Lady” is a classic road story translated through the eyes of a potent new songwriter. The traditional love song “The Blackest Crow”, taught to Alana by her Mother, receives a backyard-sing-along-stomp arrangement that perfectly represents the approach of Alana Amram and The Rough Gems.