Sam Amidon began playing fiddle at the age of three. Raised by musician parents on a steady diet of Irish and Appalachian folk in Brattleboro, Vermont, Amidon spent much of his teens performing and recording traditional dance and avant-folk music with his parents, as well as his own group, Assembly. He added banjo and guitar to his repertoire after relocating to New York City, where he began collaborating with longtime friend Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), as well as a host of other groups like Tall Firs, The Swell Season, Stares and Bill Frisell.
Since 2001, Kotche has been the rhythmic anchor in the rock band Wilco. His work with the group spans the breakthrough Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born. He has appeared on over 80 recordings and has also written music for classical and post-classical ensembles like Kronos Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sō Percussion, and eighth blackbird. Starting with 2002’s Introducing, Kotche’s solo work traces an arc of creative growth and vitality that reflects this wide swath of influences. Mobile, released on Nonesuch Records in 2006, implied the travel-oriented theme of its title, ranging wide with vibraphone, kalimba, hammered dulcimer and crotales; Pitchfork found it “...as rooted around high-brow concepts as it is in rhythmic dynamicity and melodic bemusement.”