This is the sound of an artist in the process of reinvention. Ami Yares cleverly combines his passion for folk rock and worldly music in this irresistible and nostalgic concoction. The song and writing evoke the blues too, there is a passion and an experience behind
every note and every word. That is the beauty here.
Indeed, song Hallelujah Bitters has something retro's (Black Keys) and exciting.
PHILLY MUSIC CO-OP
Ami Yares is a songwriter, performer, and community organizer. He not only uses music for its entertainment value, but to bring people together using music. He’s done this work in States but has worked in other countries, including Israel and Palestine. In addition to working with a number of social change organizations, Ami currently is director of Build A Br
International in Philadelphia. He recently came out with a new recording called Begin To Begin Again.
Yares shows a distinct songwriting voice on this and the holy war themed foot-stomper “Jerusalem,” both of which channel the malcontented country drifter with a precise sense of social outrage.
Yares wields his 12-string guitar as if it were an entire orchestra, backing his vocals with a dense, rich cascade of sound.
Ami Yares has played at our brewery several times over the past few years. Not only a great musician, Ami is a fantastic performer. The energy that he brings to his performances and the way that he connects with the audience makes the atmosphere absolutely electric. This is truly one singer who loves what he does and it came through loud and clear in every show. Now send him back to Israel so we can book him again!
PHILADELPHIA FOLKSONG SOCIETY
Ami Yares played a gig for the Philadelphia Folksong Society in January and absolutely captivated our attention! Between his beautiful original lyrics, classic Americana-style vocals, a couple of well-placed and incredibly creative Hebrew covers, Ami was an exceptional showman. He created rapport immediately with the audience -- Haley Velletri, 2016
DAVID TOMAR, CRITIC
Ami’s songwriting chimes with mystery like an over-the-hills-and-far-away scavenger hunt through Nick Drake’s foot trunk, Paul Simon’s rec-room, and Allison Krauss’s tour bus.