Mannieb writes "Amy to play 11 showcases at this year's International Folk Alliance Conference, including official Wildflower Records and CD Baby showcases.
This year's International Folk Alliance Conference is sure to be a special one for New York-based singer/songwriter Amy Speace. In addition to playing eleven showcases at the conference, including official Wildflower Records and CD Baby showcases, Amy has been nominated "Emerging Artist of the Year" for the 2007 Folk Alliance Awards being held on Wednesday, February 21.
Amy's album "Songs For Bright Street" has been attracting attention, having been selected in Indie-Music.com's Top 25 Indie Release of 2006 while grabbing a "Best New Country Song 2006" nomination from Independent Music Awards for "The Real Thing." Over the last year, Amy has been asked to open for Little Feat, Heartland, Phil Vassar, John Corbett Roger McGuinn, John Gorka, Peter Mulvey, Tracy Grammer, Sloan Wainright, and Steve Forbert.
Amy Speace & The Tearjerks Folk Alliance 2007 Showcases
Marriott Hotel and Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis
10:30pm Sacred Yard, TBA
1:00am Focus Music Presents, Rm #1828
11pm Rumbling & Tumbling, TBA
* 12am Wildflower Records Presents, Performance Alley, Jackson Room
1:30am Grassy Hill Ent., Rm #1812
3:00pm Vic's Kick Ass Women, Rm #1812
* 10:30pm CD Baby Presents, Performance Alley, Jackson Room
11:30pm Wildflower Records, TBA
12:30am Kyser Capos, Rm #1705
12:30am Wildflower Records, TBA
1:30am Fox Run, Rm #1910
(*) Official showcases
Amy Speace has already won a loyal grass-roots fan base, thanks in large part to live performances that merge warmth, humor and emotional immediacy, and to a tireless touring schedule that's already taken her across the United States. She's also won considerable critical acclaim, with The Village Voice observing that Speace is "taking her Americana away from twangy contemplation toward tangy confrontation" and noting that she's "not another of those breathy would-be child poets, but a real singing writer of songs." Time Out New York stated, "Amy Speace plays sweet, twangy folk music with a clear voice and an innocent vulnerability," while The Nashville Scene noted that she "balances wry humor with open-hearted honesty." And renowned Nashville critic Robert K. Oermann, writing in Music Row, dubbed her a "new star."