Well here is the second entry in my new musical discoveries. I heard this lady first on the radio – not sure which station and noted it down for a Spotify search. Amy has a new album, just released, called That Kind Of Girl.
Info from her website:
“What Amy Speace says – what she sings – she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity,” writes The New York Times. Speace is one of the most heralded singers and songwriters of her generation, working for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry. She began her creative life in NYC in theater, mostly in Shakespeare, mostly in fringe and experimental companies. A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed the direction of her life when Collins invited her to join her on tour and subsequently recorded her song “The Weight of the World”, calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard”. That song was named as the #4 Folk Song Of The Decade by DJ John Platt of NYC’s WFUV. In 2006, Speace signed to Collins’ Wildflower Records and released her debut Songs For Bright Street , which received widespread critical acclaim and included a duet with The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and guest appearances by Soozie Tyrell of the E-Street Band. In 2009, her sophomore follow up, The Killer In Me, which was recorded with legendary producer/engineer Mitch Easter in North Carolina was considered by many critics in the line of great break-up records, and earned her comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. NPR said that Amy “expertly chronicled heartbreak” on this song cycle inspired by her divorce and mostly written while she was living in a small cabin in the Catskills. Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople fame was featured in two duets, as was her longtime touring band The Tearjerks.
In late 2009, Speace moved to East Nashville and began work on a series of songs chronicling that migration. She released 2011’s Land Like A Bird with Thirty Tigers. In 2013, her next and first truly independent project, How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat and it’s companion EP Same Old Storm brought her the best press of her career. An ambitious narrative that wove Speace’s songs loosely around the characters ad poetry of Shakespeare, Stormy Boat was featured in an NPR “All Things Considered” piece and received raves from The New York Times, Mojo Magazine, American Songwriter and others. Rock critic Dave Marsh, who contributed the album’s liner notes, wrote “Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open.” Amy Speace has appeared on Mountain Stage, Music City Roots, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival. She has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins, Ian Hunter, Alejandro Escovedo. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Sid Selvidge and many others. She will release, That Kind Of Girl in March 2015.
In May she will be touring the UK with dates in Basingstoke, Camden, Garstang, Sevenoaks and Colchester. Think I may have to get tickets for Garstang – anyone fancy joining me?