Soul fans must have been scratching their heads when Brit singer Adele announced that she’d picked Amos Lee to be her supporting act during her American tour. What they missed is that Lee does have a strong soul connection in his music, though he bends genres like the best of them. Those in doubt should check out his latest release, “Mission Bell” (Blue Note). Alongside his more folky material (and duets with living legends Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams), many tunes flirt with Gospel and blues, such as the touching “Jesus” and the heartbreaking “Hello Again.”
Upon its release, Mission Bell zoomed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts—a feat that few folk singers can achieve these days. In the meantime, his music was featured in TV shows and an AT&T commercial, and some young artists have followed his lead and used some of his material as part of the “American Idol” contests. With the Adele tour coming up, be sure to catch this former schoolteacher before he becomes too big for the smaller venues he’s been appearing in lately. (Ernest Barteldes)
March 26 at The Vic Theatre, 3145 North Sheffield, (773)472-0449, 7:30pm. Sold out.