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New Amy Speace CD drops in March

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 – With a career building thanks to her last CD, Amy Speace is readying "Land Like a Bird," for release March 26 on Thirty Tigers.

Having spent many years in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey, Speace headed to Nashville.

"But life takes its twists and turns and as much as I loved Manhattan, I felt the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another. Relief and anticipation went hand in hand with the grieving," Speace said.

The new album was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Matthew Ryan, Glen Phillips, Garrison Starr) at Mr. Lemons studio in Nashville. Hubbard played bass, keyboards and vibes. Speace and Hubbard first met seven years ago while performing on an Arizona TV show.

However, they did not remain in touch. When Speace moved to Nashville last year, they were reintroduced, immediately co-wrote a song, and decided to collaborate on what would become "Land Like a Bird." Richey sang background vocals on Land Like A Bird, Half Asleep & Wide Awake and Real Love Song.

"As the fall became winter and the winter became spring, Neilson Hubbard and I would meet and write or record and snippets became songs became demos became a sound we both were chasing," Speace said. "And by early fall 2010 we were inside the record we both knew we wanted to make together, a full turn of the seasons from my arrival."

"Land Like a Bird" follows Speace's 2006 "Songs for Bright Street" on Judy Collins' Wildflower Records and 2009's "The Killer in Me." The latter, her "breakup album" with guest vocals by Ian Hunter, earned much praise.

Speace will be seen on the forthcoming Big Star documentary "Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story," with her performance of Try Again with the surviving Big Star members, the Posies and Evan Dando at the Alex Chilton tribute at SXSW in March 2010. Speace and charter Big Star member Jody Stephens had met at the Folk Alliance a few years back in the band's home of Memphis. Speace was a huge fan of Big Star and was surprised that Stephens, in turn, was a fan of hers.

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That Kind of Girl CD review - That Kind of Girl
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How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat CD review - How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat
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Land Like a Bird CD review - Land Like a Bird
Amy Speace has a voice that sounds like a young Judy Collins. Her songwriter gift, however, is far too superior to the folk icon's lyrical skills. The first couplet that simply stops you in your tracks from Speace's new "Land like a Bird" CD is found in Ghost. This song concerns the way in which people enter and exit out of each other's lives. Some come and go quickly and hardly leave a trace. Then there are those that seem to haunt - like a ghost. Space describes one »»»
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Concert Review: The Strumbellas master its formula – The Strumbellas' formula is a simple one - write an anthemic sounding sing-a-long with a catchy chorus, which you can repeat ad nauseum to greater and greater effect. That may sound like a quick and easy checklist, but the Canadian (well except for one lone American) band has mastered the formula quite well. In a sold-out concert, it translated... »»»
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