An unforgettable evening with Amy (and Thomm and Dirje). Thank you to the Blue Rock volunteer team, and all who make these events a joy. Stay tuned for video highlights and photos.
Folk/Americana singer-songwriter Amy Speace started out as an actress/director/playwright in Manhattan, moving there after studying English Literature and Playwrighting at Amherst College. She studied acting at The National Shakespeare Conservatory and then spent a few years playing queens and sharp-tongued maidens with the National Shakespeare Company, and like many before her in the Bohemia of NY’s East Village, she worked three jobs to pay the rent while auditioning and writing and acting, even ran her own critically-acclaimed theater company, as she says “way the hell Off Broadway.”
A lifelong musician, it was a broken heart and a pawn shop guitar that spurned on a late blooming songwriting spurt, and Amy found herself juggling her theater life with her newfound life in clubs and cafes downtown Manhattan. Her songs—honest emotional portraits of small moments, gestures, conversations. They read like impressionistic poetry, a glance of something true and universal, but specific and always grounded in plainspoken language. It was those songs and Amy’s soaring, transparent voice that struck Judy Collins when demo’s of Amy’s reached Ms. Collins’ ear, who brought her on the road with her, calling her “one of the best young songwriters I’ve heard.” Championing Amy, Judy Collins signed her to her imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing “Songs For Bright Street” (2006) and “The Killer In Me” (2009). Both albums received high critical praise, and the song “The Killer In Me” was named NPR’s Song of the Day. Judy Collins’ recorded Amy’s song “Weight of The World” for her latest record, a song that was just named #4 in WFUV’s “Top 10 Folk Songs of the Decade.
In late 2010, Amy shifted landscapes, moved south to Nashville with a few songs and a vague idea of her next recording project, until she met with producer/songwriter Neilson Hubbard. Over the course of the Summer of 2010, they wrote and recorded Land Like A Bird in Hubbard’s East Nashville studio. Cinematic in scope, Bird is a meditation on change, from the opening beat of “Drive All Night” to the epic “Vertigo” with the final track, “Real Love Song” feeling like a coda. The record features guest vocals by Kim Richey and is already receiving the best reviews of Amy’s career, capturing critics across genres from folk purists who compare her to Baez and Mitchell to Americana comparisons to early Lucinda and even to country stars like Mary Chapin Carpenterand Emmylou Harris. Live, Amy can still a crowd with just an acoustic guitar and that singular voice of hers. After catching an unplugged concert of Amy’s in Memphis, Jody Stephens, drummer for Big Star, became a fan and invited Amy to participate in tribute concerts to Alex Chilton in Austin, NYC, Nashville and Memphis, where she performed with The Posies, Evan Dando, Chris Stamey and Mike Mills. In the summer of 2012, she supported Alejandro Escovedo on his UK tour. She will be seen in the upcoming documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story.
For more information on this artist, visit http://www.amyspeace.com/