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 on November 6th.
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.
When performing alone in the haunts and dives of New York City, Alana’s stark voice creates a fragile and intimate presence. When performing with her band, The Rough Gems, her delicate songs take on a rowdy and rawkus spirit that brings an immediate comparison to classic honky-tonk outlaws such as Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver. Made up primarily of members of the Brooklyn based outfit The Morning Pages (also signed to Zealous Records) the The Rough Gems wrap Alana’s catalog in a raw barroom style vigor that is coming to define the New York City indie-country scene.