Upon first hearing AMBER CROSS you might think you are listening to an archival Smithsonian recording. Her old-time voice is clear and captivating, like a strong muscle, fringed in lace. She's a singer and songwriter who writes from her own life’s struggles and experiences, delivering her stories with unforgettable power and emotion. If there’s a rawness to Cross’ voice, a plainness to the words, it comes from the fact that Cross knows the roots of this music aren’t fancy. They’re built by hand and filled with honest words and hard-won truths.
Originally from Maine, she has opened for such artists as Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Gurf Morlix, Mary Gauthier and Dave Stamey, as well as making frequent guest performances with The Wronglers, Warren Hellman's band, founder of San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Amber released her debut album You Can Come In in March of 2013. Country Music People Magazine/UK, discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying "Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special... it's appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk."
Authenticity is a difficult thing to measure in American roots music. It’s not in the hat you wear, or the twang in your voice. It’s in how well you understand that the music comes from the land, and that its roots run deep. Americana songwriter Amber cross understands this, and on her new album, Savage on the Downhill, she makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it. Her songs hang heavy with the yellow dust of dirt roads, plunge deep into the soft loam of the forest. Cross connected with other great American songwriters, Gurf Morlix and Tim O’Brien, who both came on board for the album, with O’Brien complimenting her “no bullshit style of singing.”
Amber performs solo and in band arrangements. She is often accompanied by long time friend and Cajun/oldtime fiddler Gary Arcemont and husband James Moore. The two men play a variety of instruments to support Amber's songs; guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, mandolin and upright bass, as well as offering vocal support.