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Decembersongs: An East Nashville Holiday with Amy Speace, Rod Picott, and Doug & Telisah Williams (of Wild Ponies) Natalies is proud to present Decembersongs 15: An East Nashville Holiday Concert with critically-acclaimed songwriters Amy Speace, Rod Picott and Doug & Telisha Williams!Imagine if The Bluebird Cafe moved to East Nashville, where folkies, rockers and hit songwriters all collide in one funky neighborhood. Decembersongs features these three acclaimed Nashville acts spinning stories, holiday classics, and their own songs together in an amazing evening that is fun and musically inspired.Decembersongs is a bit of The Grand Ol Opry, a bit of Prairie Home Companion, a handful of gorgeous Christmas classics and a few gritty East Nashville troubadour originals.A former Shakespearean actress who started putting her poetry to music only in her late 20s, Amy Speace was discovered by folk/pop legend Judy Collins, who signed her to her imprint Wildflower Records. After 18 years in NYC, Brooklyn and Jersey and 3 critically-acclaimed releases, Speace moved to East Nashville to explore the rich songwriting community and to deepen her own writing and sound. Her 2013 release, How to Sleep In A Stormy Boat, a record loosely based around some of Shakespeares characters and poetry, received widespread critical raves from NPRs All Things Considered, The New York Times and Billboard Magazine.Amy Speaces songs hang together like a short story collectionits a gift to hear a heart so modest, even when its wide open, Dave MarshDoug and Telisha Williams offer dead right, honest songwriting. They are the driving force behind the band Wild Ponies, and their 2013 release Things That Used to Shine garnered widespread critical acclaim, spent 6 weeks in the top 20 of the AMA Radio chart, and over 20 weeks in the top 40.Doug and Telisha are an essential part of the fabric of their community, hosting the weekly show Whiskey Wednesday on East Nashville Radio, and being recently named by The Alternate Root as one of the Top East Nashville Artists Right Now.Wild Ponies might be Americanas new dark horse-Michael Bialas Huffington PostThe son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eaglesmith have recorded Picotts songs. He has carved a career for himself with a run of 7 beautifully crafted self released cds over the last 15 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.Accept Rod Picott for what he is; Americana of the highest orderAcoustic MagazineSave
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rockport Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Although Amy Speace began her creative career in the theater, acting with The National Shakepeare Company and various other classical repertory theaters, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. Cutting her teeth playing regular gigs at The Living Room and The Bitter End in NYC, she was discovered by legend Judy Collins in 2005 and signed to Collins’ imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, “Songs For Bright Street” (2006) and “The Killer In Me” (2009). Judy Collins herself recorded Amy’s song, “The Weight of the World,” calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.” NYC’s top AAA station WFUV named that song #4 in DJ John Platt’s Top 10 Songs of the Decade. Appearances followed at Mountain Stage, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and many others. Along the way, she has gained support and praise from such legends as Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith, Ian Hunter and Alejandro Escovedo, seemingly an unlikely combination until you hear Amy’s songs. The Houston Press called her ‘The unconscious cool of Americana”, nodding to the lean poetry of her rootsy folk, an edge possibly learned busking in the subways of NYC, or playing Juliet in parking lot productions of “Romeo & Juliet”. But it’s her voice that catches the audience off guard. A crystal clear voice with an emotional catch and a fluttering vibrato that seems grounded in another era yet somehow speaks to this one. Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open – Dave MarshTickets Save
Label: windbone records
Manager: John Porter/mood indigo entertainment
Bio: If you are a fan of singer-songwriter/folk/Americana music, you’ve probably heard Amy Speace’s name over the past few years trumpeted by many heralding her as a ‘torchbearer’, bridging the gap between old and new schools of folk music from Mary Gauthier to Judy Collins, who recorded Amy’s song “W...See Full Bio
"A collection of gems, a little dark around the edges. As a singer she's got a soulful voice that grabs your ears. Take note, Amy Speace is one artist you won't want to miss."