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Old 04-23-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Talking Amy Speace, 4/20 at 6OTS

Amy Speace at 6OTS Friday

OXFORD – On Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., 6 On The Square (6OTS) welcomes singer-guitarist, Amy Speace to their stage. With an impressive vocal range, strong songwriting chops, and a determined will, Amy’s been creating critically acclaimed music and receiving lots of positive attention. Her newest album is currently receiving the best reviews of her career. Hurry to Oxford to see this Nashville rising star --while you still can!

Amy Speace's path to songwriting may not have been a straight line, but like many journeys, has been better for the winding way. Her life began in the East; born in Baltimore, MD, Amy grew up the eldest of four. 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 changed her life. This catalyst, along with a $50 pawn shop guitar, was the spark that started her musical engine. Amy tossed aside her acting career, taught herself guitar, and started writing songs. Eventually, she caught the ear of Judy Collins’ manager, and in 2006 Judy signed Amy to her Wildflower label. Under Collins' label, Amy released “Songs for Bright Street,” and in 2009, “The Killer in Me” followed, with a rare duo appearance by Ian “Mott the Hoople” Hunter. Hunter brought Amy to the UK for his Acoustic Tour.

Positive accolades and recognition for Amy’s music have been plentiful. “USA Today” called Amy “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, moving from Jersey City, NJ, south to Nashville, TN, and began writing 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”.

Purchase tickets on-line at the discounted price of $18 (plus a $2 processing charge), until the day of the show; $20 at the door. Ticket price for students is always $2; please call to make a student reservation!

While you’re there, or before the show (starting at 6:30 p.m.), don’t miss the opportunity to see David M. Geer’s scenic oil paintings now through April 30.

Have a talent? Singers, poetry readers, musicians...the next “Open Mic Night” is Thursday, April 19 (and every third Thursday of each month), at 7:30 p.m. Come to perform or come to listen; it’s always free admission!

Don't miss future performances by: Seamus Kennedy on April 28; Brian Ashley Jones on May 12; and Carla Ulbrich on May 19; at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Visit the website at www.6onthesquare.org for tickets and future event information.

6OTS is located at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford. Phone: (607) 843-OTS6 (6876). Be there...on the Square!

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Caption: Amy Speace, Nashville rising star, will be at 6OTS Friday, at 7:30 p.m. Her poetic lyrics and velvety, achy voice is full of genuine emotions that will move you.
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