Three years after the release of his last album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, Amos Lee shared a new song, “Vaporize,” in May. Lee wrote that tune, the first off his forthcoming sixth studio album, in the shower, and now he’s returning with another new song, this time penned in a Louisiana hotel.
“‘Spirit’ was written in a New Orleans hotel room, on a loaner guitar, after a night wandering alone in the French Quarter,” Lee says. “I connected to this fellow, standing in the shadows on Royal street, singing his songs behind his open guitar case. Despite very few people paying him any mind, he was there for that moment, for the spirit of creation and connection. Maybe it was also for beer money, but in my mind, this guy was there to play for people and to be heard.”