Songwriter Series Presents: Amy Speace
Doors/Bar open at 6:30
Show starts at 7:00
or at ALL THAT (601 Lincoln Ave)
East Nashville folk singer Amy Speace has a voice that is a remarkable instrument with shades of Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez, and Eva Cassidy. Her songs are poetic yet plain-spoken explorations of emotions and longings that cleverly hint at a deeper truth. Since her discovery by Judy Collins in 2005 and her debut for Collins’ own label, Wildflower Records, she’s been heralded as one of the leading voices of a new generation of American folk singers.
Born in Baltimore to a decidedly non-artistic family, Speace had a restless, artistic intelligence from the start, playing piano at 5, studying classical voice from her teens, writing poetry and plays since she could read, knowing she craved an artist life but not knowing how or where. She studied classical acting in New York City and spent a few years with The National Shakespeare Company and other Off-Off Broadway classical reparatory companies, doing guerrilla Shakespeare in Lower East Side parking lots, working backstage on Broadway, writing poetry in cafes and feeling increasingly that success as a theater artist was just out of reach. In this season of doubt, she bought a cheap guitar at a pawn shop in the East Village and began putting her poetry to music and in no time was appearing at local folk clubs The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Hall of Fame blues artist Sid Selvidge and others.
Amy Speace is sandwiching her performance at the Chief Theater between appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival in Great Britain and the Folks Festival in Lyons, CO. This is an exciting and fortunate opportunity to experience this talented singer songwriter right here in Steamboat.
“The next time someone tells you they don’t make good music anymore, tell them they must not have heard of Amy Speace”-- Jay Minkin, Cleveland Music Writer
“It’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open.”—Dave Marsh