He received his first electric bass when he was thirteen, and joined a band that knew a few songs. Throughout high school and college he played any genre of music that would have him, going from top 40 cover bands to Frank Zappa-inspired rock to Christian worship to small-combo jazz.
Amos would spend the next decade making an impression on the Cincinnati music scene, working with artists such as Ric Hordinski (Over the Rhine, Monk), Phil Keaggy, Ellery, Oval Opus and David Wilcox. While gaining studio experience, he toured with blues legend Chris Beard, and with RCA rock act July for Kings, among others.
Amos moved to Nashville in the fall of 2005, and had already amassed an impressive resume. In the years since making the move, he has toured or recorded with Josh Gracin, Rhett Akins, Mindy MacCready and — most frequently — Taylor. He has played stadiums, arenas and amphitheatres all over North America, and did a brief tour of U.S. bases in Iraq with the Stars for Stripes. He has shared the stage with just about every big name in country music.
Amos started playing in Taylor’s band sometime in 2007, and has been a part of her crew ever since. He is, along with everyone else in Taylor’s band, close friends with Taylor. His favorite song by her is “The Archer,” which appears on his favorite album, Lover (2019). In 2022, he also revealed that his favorite tour to be a part of was “The 1989 World Tour” (2015): “Great setlist. 1000 special guests. Fave versions of ‘Trouble‘ and ‘Never Ever‘.”
Amos is married to Kara Heller.