Blues Artist Rev. Shawn Amos Gets Ready To ‘Break It Down’ In San Diego

Thursday, February 22, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Credit: Beth Herzshaft
Above: Blues artist Reverend Shawn Amos in an undated photo.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Prohibition Lounge

Cost: $10

Preaching a sermon is not the only way to deliver a soulful message. Sometimes music is a better way to tell some truth and comfort some hearts.

That’s what Los Angeles-based musician Shawn Amos is about in his latest album titled, “The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down.” The album's modern blues are inspired by the freedom songs of the civil rights movement.

"These are songs that speak to the challenge of the times, the resilience we need to possess and the commonality we must share. Freedom comes with trust. Trust is earned with respect. This is how I see things at the moment," he said.

Amos grew up in a musical family. His father, Wally Amos, was one of the first black talent agents in the music industry in the 1960s before he founded the Famous Amos cookie company. His mother was a nightclub singer.

Amos discussed his new album and upcoming show in San Diego, Thursday on Midday Edition.