Bright New Voice - Clever, Imaginative, and Musical - Amanda Mora Appears with Her Band at Susanna's Kitchen in Wimberley, Texas

Susanna's Kitchen
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wimberley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Doors open at 7 PM

Amanda Mora, at 25, has been running full speed ahead to keep up with the instant buzz and attention created by the recent release of her debut album, The Ribbon. Her music has been described as "a fresh blend of acoustic pop and cafe jazz with folk roots...with a lyrical and musical sensibility that ignites the imagination and assumes the listener's intelligence." Selected for the KUT Music Matters Mixtape #1, an interview and live set for John Aielli's web program, Aielli Unleashed, and a featured artist at Waterloo’s "Hear Texas Here" program, Mora has quickly become a darling of Austin radio, and for good reason.
The Ribbon was produced, engineered, and written by Amanda Mora, with the company of such Austin favorites as John Inmon (lead guitarist/producer with Lost Gonzo's, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy LaFave) working on the mix, Lynn Daniel on upright bass, Jonathan Doyle (White Ghost Shivers) on clarinet, Mollie Fischer (Hello Lovers) on cello, Leah Zeger (The Hudsons) on violin, and Greg Lowry on keys, banjo, Dobro, and marimba.
The Austin Daze review of The Ribbon called it " album that's mature and complex with its vision and its songwriting/singing skill. Flavored with all things jazzy, folksy and including the beauty of a voice that sings with ease..." John Inmon writes "The depth of her writing, melodic and harmonic senses, singing talent, and overall artistic vision completely floored me! I knew I had stumbled into some of the best new music I have been associated with in years. She is completely unique and has the breadth and depth to keep up this quality of work for years to come. Get ready."
Local music lovers may know of Amanda Mora by her family. Her mother, Jill Jones, is a western swing musician with a niche in yodeling that has taken her to the top of WMA music charts and earned her the title of National Yodeling Champion. Her father, Doc Jones, is a lifelong songsmith and passes down a musical heritage that goes back to one of Austin’s first orchestras, The Pharr Family Orchestra and Blondie Burnet Pharr. Doc Jones' music was, and is, integral to his role as a father and filled the house with music during Amanda's formative years. While her music is all her own, Amanda’s liberated singing style, fine song craftsmanship, and imaginative lyrics reflect her diverse influences and deep musical roots.
Her live shows offer an eclectic mix of tempos, moods, and instrumentation and feature Amanda Mora on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Mollie Fischer (Hello Lovers) on cello and harmony, and Brent Warnock (Grassy Knoll Boys) on banjo/mandolin/dobro, Jordan Teitelbaum on drums/percussion with the occasional addition of Jessie Dalton (Green Mountain Grass) on upright bass (and on a lucky occasion, such as Susanna’s Kitchen, Jill Jones will sit in to sing some unbeatable family harmony.) It is a rare show, and something you won’t want to miss.

Susanna’s Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church, usually on the third Thursday of the month in the WUMC fellowship hall, and is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales are always on site! Doors open at 7:00 pm, with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.