Merrie Amsterburg

Merrie Amsterburg

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Winner of two Boston Music awards, one Boston Phoenix award, and a Jam Magazine award, Merrie has appeared on NPR radio shows "Mountain Stage," "World Cafe", "Acoustic Cafe" and "E-Town." Merrie has toured with Paula Cole, Aimee Mann, and most recently Patty Larkin.

Biography

The Boston Globe calls singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Merrie Amsterburg "a cross between a subdued Tori Amos and Aimee Mann, whom Amsterburg resembles with her knack for crafting luscious melodic hooks."

An artist who has shared the stage with acts such as The Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, Jill Sobule, andPatty Larkin, and who broke onto the AAA radio charts with her first independent release (Season of Rain), Merrie Amsterburg creates an edgy mix of folk and pop with a unique, magnetic pull. Merrie's new CD "Clementine and Other Stories" is a collection of American folk songs done in non-traditional way, and will be released in May 2006.

Discography

Clementine and Other Stories (Q Division Records) 5/2006
Little Steps (Zoë/Rounder Records) 2000
Season of Rain (Zoë/Rounder Records) 1999 re-released with 2 additional tracks
Season of Rain (Q Division Records) 1997

Appearances on other CDs:
Patty Larkin - Red=Luck (Vanguard Records)
background vocals and trumpet
Session Americana - "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
bouzouki and vocals
adaptation by Merrie Amsterburg released 2005
Jennifer Kimball - "When I Was Lost"
co-write and vocal on CD to be released 1/24/06
Todd Thibaud - Little Mystery (Doo-Little/Mercury Records)
duet and background vocals
The Gentlemen - Brass City Band (TGRC)
trumpet
Dennis Brennan - Rule No. 1 (ESCA Records)
duet and background vocals
Carol Noonan - The Only Witness (Rounder Records)
background vocals and glockenspiel
Jules Verdone - Diary of a Liar (Q Division)
mandolin and guitar
Brian Stevens - Prettier Than You (Q Division)
background vocals
Compilations:
Respond: A Compilation by Boston Women to Benefit Respond, Inc.(Signature Sounds)
Note: Respond I and II have raised over $200,000 for
Respond, Inc. an organization which benefits women and children
who are victims of domestic violence
Keeping Music In Mind
(Benefit CD for the Alzheimer's Foundation)
WXRV’s Live from the River Music Hall 2
(Benefit CD for Children with Aids)
The Kendall Live CD for the Benefit of the Cam Neely Foundation
(Benefit CD for Children with Cancer)
Viva Noël: A QDivision Christmas
(Benefit for the Mark Sandman Music Education Fund)
WFUV’s (NYC) City Folk Live IV
(Fordham University Public Radio Benefit CD)
WCBE’s “Mixx on the Fly” Live CD
(Columbus, OH Public Radio Benefit CD)
Then Covered Now: Hits of the 80’s Covered
(Hearbox Records)

Set List

Typical set list is 15 songs, not including encore.
Songs usually chosen are:
World of Our Own Making
Belonging
My Romeo
Say Goodbye
This Will Never Be My Year
Down in the Valley
E x E
Clementine
Undertow
Design
Great Divide
Lay of the Land
Waiting
Season of Rain
Streets of Laredo
Covers include the American folk songs listed
(Clementine, Down in the Valley, Streets of Laredo) as
well as Aerosmith's "Dream On", Johnny Cash's "Folsom
Prison Blues", the Carpenter's version of "Superstar",
"Walking on the Moon" by the Police, "2000 Miles" by
Chryssie Hynde)