Amy Speace –  Eric B. Downes (aka Alexinder Gunn) opens

Amy Speace – Eric B. Downes (aka Alexinder Gunn) opens

Nov 16, 2012 |  0 comments
Date: Nov 16, 2012 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $15 in advance, $20 day of show Type: Singer/Songwriter/Folk

Amy Speace‘s path to songwriting may not have been a straight line, but like many journeys, has been better for the winding way. Born in Baltimore, Amy grew up the oldest of 4, moving homes and states every few years, learning early about comings and goings, and finding solace in music very early. After graduating from Amherst College, she moved to Manhattan to study acting, toured with The National Shakespeare Company for a few years until a bad breakup and a $50 pawn shop guitar sparked a late-blooming songwriting burst. An appearance at an open mic led to a regular gig at The Bitter End, which led to an independent release of her first songs and in 2005, a chance encounter with Judy Collins’ manager changed her life. Judy Collins signed Amy to her own Wildflower Records label in 2006, releasing Songs for Bright StreetThe Killer In Me followed in 2009, with a rare duo appearance by Ian “Mott the Hoople” Hunter, who brought her to the UK for his Acoustic Tour. USA Today called her “a rising star”, NPR named the title track from Killer  “Song of the Day” and wrote “her velvety, achy voice recalls an early Lucinda Williams.” In 2010, John Platt of NYC’s premiere AAA radio station WFUV named Amy’s song “The Weight of the World” in the Top 5 of his list of the “Best Folk Songs of the Decade,” a song that Judy Collins herself would record and call “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard”.  In 2009, Amy shifted landscapes, moved south to Nashville, and beginning the writing of her latest album Land Like A Bird. Produced by Neilson Hubbard it features guest vocals by Kim Richey and is already receiving the best reviews of Amy’s career. “Amy Speace is the perfect torchbearer for the unconscious cool of true Americana” (Houston Press). Amy will also be seen in the upcoming documentary “Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story”.

visit her website: http://www.amyspeace.com/

  Eric has been touring and playing music professionally for over 7 years. He has been featured on television, radio, independent films, and many festivals around the country including the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah Oklahoma. He has released two full length studio albums and a multitude of live albums. Eric will be releasing a new full length studio album by the end of 2012.       visit Eric’s website: http://ats.alexindergunn.com/

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