AMY SPEACE is one of the most heralded singers and songwriters of her generation. She began her creative life in NYC in theater, mostly in Shakespeare, also in fringe and experimental companies.  A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed her life when Collins invited her to join her tour and subsequently recorded her song “The Weight of the World”, calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard”. Speace signed to Collins’ Wildflower Records and released her debut Songs For Bright Street , which received widespread critical acclaim; her sophomore follow up, The Killer In Me, earned her comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. 

In late 2009, Speace moved to East Nashville and began work on a series of songs chronicling that migration. Her first truly independent project, How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat and its 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 and 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.

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 releases That Kind Of Girl in conjunction with tonight’s performance.

"There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors, and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with a rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. She is a timeless artist, a time traveler. Part past, part future. And that’s a good thing, a really good thing."  ~ Mary Gauthier

*Amy’s featured in yesterday’s New York Times and on Friday’s NPR’s radio program “Marketplace”:

Originally from Cleveland Ohio, MEGAN PALMER now hails from Nashville TN. She is a recent transplant to the south after spending the last few years in Brooklyn NY. Palmer is most known in Ohio as fiddler and singer with Columbus’ The Spikedrivers. Lately she has been touring extensively with roots rocker Tim Easton as a duo. Palmer’s own songwriting style is influenced by her extensive work with a variety of Americana bands, as well as the songwriting and performing of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, and Alison Krauss. She has been described as “an astute songwriter who balances sentimentality with lyrical smarts.”

Scranton, Pa. native and Berklee College of Music graduate Ryan Harris Brown moved to Nashville in the spring of 2012 with the intention of sharing his thoughtful lyrics and classic musicianship with the country’s best eyes and ears. His 2011 release The Trail gives listeners fresh insight into love, loss and the uncertainty of life’s journey. His coming record will pay homage to the singers and songwriters that built the foundation for the genre; the comfort and subtlety of James Taylor, the power and reliability of Carole King.

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Ryan Harris Brown

Saturday, March 28, 7:30pm