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Alternative 12/07/2019

Amy Speace Writes About Life And Death And The Journey Of All Dreamers

Amy Speace Writes About Life And Death And The Journey Of All Dreamers

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Amy Speace - the former Shakespearean-trained actor who is known for her literate, detailed songwriting and versatile, expressive vocals - has announced the September 6th release of "The Ghost of Charlemagne," a collection of exquisite lyrical portraits in miniature that she says "is about life and death and the journey of all dreamers."

Produced by longtime collaborator Neilson Hubbard and recorded during the final weeks of Speace's pregnancy with her first son at age 50, 'Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne' captures Speace at her most nakedly honest, with sparsely-decorated songs that double down on her larger-than-life voice and detail-rich songwriting. It's an album about the colliding of dreams and reality, full of characters making sense of their lives when something is lost and then found. Really, it's an album about the trials and triumphs of an artist's journey - a journey that's no longer focused upon the destination, but upon the actual trip itself.

Billboard debuted the video for the title track this morning, watch here:

Discovered and mentored by folk-pop icon Judy Collins, Speace left her career as a classically-trained Shakespearean actress and, instead, kicked off a string of acclaimed albums, including Songs for Bright Street, The Killer in Me, and How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat. Championed by The New York Times, NPR and more, she received further acclaim as a member of Applewood Road, a harmony-heavy trio whose self-titled album became a critical success in the UK, earning a five-star review from The London Sunday Times.

Speace blends the best parts of American roots music — gospel, alt-country, folk, classic pop — into her own songs. 'Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne' follows in that diverse tradition, but it also shines its light on a new Amy Speace: a clear-eyed, reenergized songwriter who's done with chasing things that don't matter…but isn't anywhere close to being done with her art.

'Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne' Track List:
1. Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne
2. Grace of God
3. Ginger Ale and Lorna Doones
4. Pretty Girls
5. Standing Rock, Standing Here
6. Both Feet on the Ground
7. Icicle King
8. Back Abilene
9. Some Dreams Do
10. This, and My Heart Beside
11. Kindness

Upcoming shows:
Sun., July 28 - Aug 2 instructor: The Swannanoa Gathering - Swannanoa, NC
Mon., Aug 5 - Concerts from the Closet Concert
Mon., Aug. 12 - 15 Instructor: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School - Lyons, CO
Sat., Aug 17 - Summerfolk Festival - Owen Sound, Canada
Sun Aug 18 - Summerfolk Festival - Owen Sound Canada
Wed., Sept. 4 - Green Note - London, UK*
Fri., Sept. 6 - Sun., Sept. 8 - The Long Road Festival - Lutterworth, UK
Wed Sept 11-Sat Sept. 14: Americana Music Festival, Nashville, TN OFFICIAL SHOWCASE
Thurs., Sept. 19 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Fri., Sept. 20 - Pin Drop Concerts @ Seven Steps Up- Spring Lake, MI
Sat., Sept. 21 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
Sat., Sept. 28 - Natalies - Columbus, OH
Sun., Sept. 29 - Mountain Stage - Charleston, WV
Wed Oct. 2 - Purple House Concerts, Tallahassee, FL
Thurs., Oct. 3 - Radio Live - Pensacola, FL
Sun., Oct. 6 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA
Wed., Oct. 9 - The Parlour Room - Northampton, MA
Fri., Oct. 11 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
Sat., Oct. 12 - Green Guitar Folk - Lenexa, KS
Sun Oct 13 - House Concert, Columbia, MO
Fri., Oct. 25 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
Sat., Oct. 26 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
Sun., Oct 27 - Acoustic Celebration @ St. Stephen's - Ridgefield, CT
Wed., Nov. 13 - The Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX
Thurs., Nov. 14 - McGonigel's Mucky Duck - Houston, TX
Thurs., Nov. 21 - City Winery - Nashville, TN
Fri., Nov. 22 - ISIS - Asheville, NC
Thurs., Dec. 12 - The Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN
Sat., Dec. 14 - Red Dragon House Concert - Baton Rouge, LA
Follow Amy Speace here:
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