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Sounds | Amy Speace, There Used To Be Horses Here

Hoog tijd om nog eens wat country music aan bod te laten komen, dus ben ik even door wat releases van deze week gegaan. Ik had geluk: deze van Amy Speace bleef hangen. Een lekkere country ballad met net voldoende diepgang om te beklijven. De Baltimore native draait al enkele jaartjes mee precies, ook als songwriter voor andere muzikanten. Dat ik nog nooit van haar heb gehoord is vrij normaal: we krijgen hier bitter weinig c&w te horen én Speace begon haar carrière 'pas' in 1998.

There Used To Be Horses Here verschijnt op 30 april via Proper Records/WindBone Records.

ter info Growing up in Baltimore as the oldest child of four, Speace discovered music, words and a love of language early on. Her grandmother taught her to read at 3 years old by reading street signs. By 5 she was writing poetry, and by 8 she’d learned to play piano. Over the next decade, the family moved often, then Speace enrolled in Amherst College in Massachusetts. Not knowing what where to go after graduation, she took her professors’ advice and moved to New York City in 1991.

“I wanted to live in the Village,” she says. “I wanted to live around the drunk writers and figure out what artistic expression I wanted to gravitate toward, because I was a singer, a playwright, an actress, a poet – I hadn’t yet written my first song.”

Writing her first song in her mid twenties while living in Greenwich Village, she taught herself “sound shapes” on guitar, highly influenced by Joni Mitchell’s compositional music and poetically direct lyrics. As she honed her talent as a songwriter, guitarist, and performer, she landed gigs at CBGB’s, The Living Room, and The Bitter End, and became entrenched in New York City’s nightlife. Although she’s now lived in Nashville since 2009, she frequently cites New York City as her hometown.

Speace established new friendships and creative partnerships in Music City by launching the East Nashville Song Salon in 2010, which is still thriving today (although she passed on the reins since her son was born), and her many champions from the folk world have included Judy Collins, Mary Gauthier, and Kathy Mattea, to name only a few. She’s cultivated a significant audience in the UK and Europe as well. The title track of her prior album, Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne, was named International Song of the Year by the Americana Music Association UK in 2020.


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