Alana Amram & the Rough Gems is a tight knit collective of musicians
heavily influenced by classic country, folk, American rock and roll
and English psychedelic rock, led by Alana Amram. Since 2005, "The
Rough Gems" have been providing a soundtrack for Alana's stories. They
have brought their craft to basements, house parties, clubs, theaters
and festivals through out New York City and beyond.
Daughter of well known musician and composer David Amram and folk
singer and playwright Lora Lee Ecobelli, Alana inherited a resilient
and curious attitude towards music from her family and life
experiences. Taught to "look for the diamonds in the sidewalk"; she
named her band "The Rough Gems". Writing from honest experience, and
a lucid imagination, Amram's songs on her new album "Painted Lady"
rests comfortably between the classic era of "Nashville" many have
grown to miss and a modern mixture of sounds that many have grown to
be inspired by.
She continues to push use her creative imagination with her soon to be
released record "Snow Shadows and Summer Winds: Songs of Vince
Martin". This new record features The Rough Gems' interpretations of
songs by folk legend Vince Martin. Amram collaborated with
co-producers Mark Sebastian and Jessie Lauter (The Low Anthem), John
Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) with string arrangements penned by Van
Dyke Parks, showing that great song writing is truly timeless. This
album is due be released this Spring 2011.
Finally, Amram has recently become the subject of an Italian feature
length documentary about New York musicians, titled "The Sound of
Asphalt", planned for a Fall Release 2011.
To hear more please go to: www.alanaamram.com