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Dear friends,

A few days into our resolutions (I like to call them intentions..failing at intentions is so much softer than resolutions, don’t you think?), how are we all feeling about this New Year? I like it so far, it came in strong, cleaned up a bit, combed it’s hair, has a good sense of humor. I already wrote the first song of the year with Mr. Gary Nicholson. It was a love song. So, already things are changing for me…
Stay tuned to my website as there’s a lot of stuff gathering speed. Megan Palmer, my friend and amazing fiddle-playing singing-side-kick, and I are going to put together a Concert Window Show at the end of the month and we’ll announce that on Facebook and here. APPLEWOOD ROAD is about to release our record on Gearbox Records, and you can PRE-ORDER through Pledge Music

So have a great month, stay warm, be good to each other. Go out and support someone who is touring in your area and go up to them at the merch table and say hi. You have no idea how much we all need to hear from you while we’re putting miles on our tour cars and vans, sleeping in Motel 6’s, wondering if anyone is listening. Find someone who is new, who just put out their first record and is out there slogging it without a manager or a booking agent but who wants to bring you their music. Someone like Darren Bradbury or Emily Robinson or Melissa Greener. And then, go buy a ticket to someone who may have all those things but stays real, feet to the ground, singing truth. Someone like Peter Mulvey, Jason Isbell, Eliza Gilkyson. Let’s all stop complaining about what’s NOT going on and see what IS going on….



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Yep, it’s that time of year when I convince a few friends to get in a van together and tour for a few weeks singing songs of joyful things and glad tidings and fa la la la la, new holiday songs, old holiday songs and some completely not all holiday songs (you know, like uplifting southern gothic murder ballads). For the 3rd year in a row, I bring you Wild Ponies, Rod Picott and me, in a holiday extravaganza. All dates are listed at my TourPage or at the Decembersongs FACEBOOK page.

I’m doing one show on my own this month as a kick off to the holidays at my fave local East Nashville joint, The Family Wash, next week on December 2nd @ 9pm w/ Wild Ponies. Come on down if you’re local. And if you’re local, you know where it is…


I’ve got your stocking stuffers…
No. Seriously, I do. Check out my Store Page for holiday specials of all sorts. I’m offering a HOLIDAY BOX SET OF CD’S this season for $60. That’s Songs For Bright Street (2006), Killer In Me (2009), Land Like A Bird (2011), How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat (2013) and That Kind Of Girl (2015) plus I’ll throw in a Secret Santa CD, something that I don’t sell online, that is out of print. Either my first CD or the Judy Collins Tribute or another surprise. That’s 6 CD’s for only $60 (plus Shipping/handling) gift wrapped for you. Also, there are LPs, T Shirts, and Screen Printed Posters and much more. Come visit my STORE and shop for all your Indy music needs….

Lastly, my Fall Songwriter’s Retreat was so successful we’re going to be doing another very soon. Now called SONGS FROM THE WELL WRITER’S RETREATS, we’ll announce dates soon.

Thank you all for being part of this ride with me. I’ve been at this now since 2001. My first full tour was October 2001, in the wake of the prior month, I made a leap of faith and this life has sustained me for 14 years now. I started out making my own records. I’ve been signed to record labels, I’ve left record labels. Now I’m back to making my own records. I couldn’t do this without you. I mean that. I write these emails. I write my own Twitter posts, my own Facebook posts. When you buy a CD from me through my store, I personally put it in it’s mailer and handwrite your address and ship it from a post office that’s less than a mile away. You may even get dog hair in there. If you’re lucky. This is and has always been a small business. Small as in one woman business. And I am grateful to each one of you who are reading to the end.

So, have a wonderful holiday season…

Your fan,




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I just got back from an incredible weekend here in the woods in Tennessee, where I led my very first “Songs From The Well” Songwriters Retreat & Workshop. It won’t be my last. I’m already in the process of planning dates for Spring and Fall 2016. Stay tuned as I announce the dates, as these retreats are limited to only 14 writers.

I’m slowing down this month, just a few shows, to rest for the holidays, move (only a few miles from my previous house) and nest, before Decembersongs goes out on tour for our 6th year starting 12/3 and heading to the Midwest & Southeast this year.

If you’re in Birmingham, AL, Baton Rouge and Kansas City & St. Louis, I’m coming your way. Look left…

So a few recommendations for this cooler month.
Here’s what I’m reading right now:
Teaching A Stone To Talk, Annie Dillard
Natchez Burning, Greg Iles
The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

Here’s what I’m listening to right now:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell
Taj Mahal, anything really … kind of obsessed…

And I’m obsessed with the HBO series The Nick.

Have a great month, get outside, don’t eat too much turkey, call your mother, adopt a dog, stop drinking diet soda, add meditation into your life, go on a hike, don’t go shopping on November 27th (thank you REI for staring that trend) and keep in touch on Facebook & Twitter



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An intimate songwriting retreat at the Penuel Ridge Retreat Center in Ashland City, TN (30 minutes from Nashville, TN). We will spend an extraordinary weekend in conversation about finding our truest voices in our writing, singing and in performance, helping each other bring out our best selves on the page and through our voices, creating a collaborative and safe community to stretch our talents, maybe finding new ways of accessing our own ‘truths’. Along the way, you will learn some new tools, maybe meet a new co-writing friend, and perhaps write a song within the weekend. We will spend each morning on the craft of writing and each afternoon on the craft of performance. There will be ample opportunity to write, hike, meditate, retreat as well. Evening song shares, guest artist conversations (TBA).

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday: Arrive by 6pm. Welcome dinner. Opening Ceremony & Concert
Friday and Saturday: All day workshops, time for writing and hiking, meditation, yoga. Evening guest lectures/concerts/guitar pulls
Sunday: Morning meditation/yoga. Brunch. Final song shares & closing ceremony

Early Bird Rate (register by August 30th)
Loft Room (sleeps 7): $400
Semi-Private (sleeps 2-4) Room: $425
After August 30th
Loft Room: $450
Semi-Private Room: $475

Price includes all meals, lodging Thursday – Saturday nights, airport shuttle, workshop fee’s.

Amy Speace has taught songwriting and performance over the past 8 years at The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School (Lyons, CO), Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), The Swannanoa Gathering (Asheville, NC), Sisters Folk Festival Americana Song Academy (Sisters, OR), Kerrville Songwriter’s School (Kerrville, TX), Lamb’s Retreat For Songwriters (Michigan), Young Voices Inspire Songwriting Camp for Girls (Indianpolis, IN) and Crested Butte Center for The Arts (Crested Butte, CO). She is a graduate of Amherst College and studied acting at The National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC. She toured with The National Shakespeare Company as an actress and educator. She was a company member of Expanded Arts, NYC and did many roles within and without NYC as an actor. She was the Artistic Director of Five Points Theater Company under the Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center in NYC, creating a theater outreach to the local public schools. Besides her busy touring and recording schedule as a singer-songwriter, she also teaches privately in Nashville and via Skype.




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Happy June everyone. I’m home in Nashville for an extended period of time after having been on and off the road since March with the CD Release Tour. Thank you to every single one of you who came out to the shows. We had a blast from Nashville to Boston to London to Austin and many places in between.

This summer, I have a few shows, a few festivals, and a few weeks of teaching songwriting and performing. Check the tour schedule to the left to see where you can find me.

Big News: The Vinyl of “That Kind Of Girl” arrived and it’s now for sale on my WEBSITE STORE. All of my merch, including old design T Shirts, and some new things like Poster Art and Songbooks (in limited quantities) will be added over the coming week. The bonus of ordering straight from me is that everything is $5.00 shipping (Domestic US orders only for now- if you’re from out of the US, you can order vinyl via paypal for now. Email me about this). You can also order digital downloads directly from me, rather than going to ITunes.

I’m going to be spending this summer writing. If you follow my blog or my blogette-postings on Facebook, you’ll know I’ve been writing stories and musings about life, the road, characters I meet. Well, this summer I hope to gather them all in between covers and create something longer than a 3.5 minute song. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, I’d like to ask something of you. Well, those of you who stick with me long enough to read to the end of my newsletter. I’d like to know a few things about you to better serve you guys with my music. Write me directly. Write an email telling me a few things:

1. Where do you live and where are you most likely to come see a show of mine? What club? What town? Where haven’t I played near you that you’d like to see me?

2. What is your age?

3. How did you find out about me?

4. What do you like most about what I do and what have you always wished I might have done? (example: you like my live show best solo, you’d like to see me do a totally acoustic record)

I’m serious. Send me an email. Not a long one but there are more than 4,000 of you and I’m really curious about where you all come from and how you got here and what makes you stay (or not). The music business isn’t what it was. Most artists are independent. Even ones on small labels. The major commercial music industry is about selling fast food. Those of us who are working in the margins have the luxury of a direct connection to our community. I have made my last 2 records with your help, your financial help. If I am to make another record, which I do hope to, I’ll have to ask again as there are no record deals anymore. I’d like to know who I’m asking. I’d like to know what you like. I’ve been pondering this kind of shift in my career, that we all start out wanting the brass ring and when we get within sniffing distance of it, we see that the brass ring is really still just a trick of light. And that’s when the really good stuff happens. I can’t do this without an audience. And you guys seem to stay with me and I really appreciate it. So, write me. Let me know. And maybe I’ll post some interesting results and responses in my July newsletter.

ps. as always, if you are interested in hosting a house concert, please email me at amy@amyspeace.com and we can talk about it! Especially anywhere near Asheville, NC for Friday & Saturday 7/24-25

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“Resilience trumps regret… on Amy Speace‘s “That Kind of Girl” (Windbone), an album of post-breakup songs and other heartaches depicted with the succinctness of country tradition. Ms. Speace made the album in three days of sessions in Nashville, recording live in the studio with a small band, and the music is unadorned but finely considered. It dips into blues, honky-tonk and gospel along with hymnlike piano ballads. Even when Ms. Speace is sad or bitter, her voice maintains its aplomb; as she spells out what has happened, she prizes grace over drama.”
— Jon Pareles, The New York Times (3/27/15)

Amy Speace, a Nashville singer, wrote a song about her experiences with money. Credit Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

Amy Speace, a Nashville singer, wrote a song about her experiences with money. Credit Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

That Kind of Girl Tour Continues…
Megan Palmer & I head West next week to Texas and then back East through the Midwest. We’d love to see you. Please buy tix in advance!

RYAN CULWELL opens all shows
Tue 4/21 @ 7pm Roots & Branches Radio on KNBT
Wed 4/22 @ 8pm Austin, TX – STRANGE BREW
Thu 4/23 @ 7pm Houston, TX – MUCKY DUCK
Fri 4/24 @ 8pm Dallas, TX – ALL GOOD CAFE
Sat 4/25 @ 8pm LaGrange, TX – THE BUGLE BOY
Sun 4/26 @ 8pm Oklahoma City, OK – THE BLUE DOOR
Tue 4/28 @ 8pm Kansas City, MO – UPTOWN ARTS BAR
Thu 4/30 @ 8pm Chicago, IL – THE HIDEOUT
Fri 5/1 @ 8pm Carmel, IN – THE WAREHOUSE
Sat 5/2 @ 10pm Worthington, OH – NATALIE’S
Sun 5/3 @ 7:30 Cleveland, OH – MUSIC BOX SUPPER CLUB

May: UK Tour, Kerrville Folk Festival!
Check www.amyspeace.com/tour-dates for all show details…

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Tomorrow is March 3 and tomorrow is the release of the new CD That Kind Of Girl! I couldn’t be prouder of a project I’ve worked on. “Country Weekly” in the UK just gave it a 5 star review and wrote “With Her “That Kind of Girl” collection, Amy Speace has created her jaw-dropping masterpiece, her lyric writing is almost a master class in quality songwriting.” I’m floored and awed and supremely grateful to them, and to all of you who have shared this ride with me.

The CD Release Tour doesn’t officially begin until April 1, kicking off with a full band show in Nashville at The Basement, but we’ve got some cool preview shows this month, including an official appearance at the SXSW Music Fest in Austin. Stay tuned to the website as press comes in and as we send out the videos!

You’ll be able to buy the record at all online retailers and also at selected independent record stores. The vinyl version of the record will be available later in April. All will also be available on my website asap. So stay tuned!

3/3 Nashville – The Five Spot – 9pm
3/11 Knoxville, TN – WDVX Blue Plate Special – noon
3/14 Nashville, TN – Broken Halleluiah @ First Unitarian Church – 7:30pm
3/19 Austin, TX – Twangtown Party @ Broken Spoke 3pm
3/20 Austin TX – Amelia’s Vintage – 2pm
3/20 Austin, TX – SXSW Showcase -The Velveeta Lounge – 9pm –
3/21 – Austin, TX – G&S Music Lounge – 2pm
3/21 – Austin, TX – Threadgills/Folk Alliance Party – 6pm
3/27 – Duluth, GA – Eddie Owen Presents – 8pm
3/28 Birmingham, AL – Moonlight On The Mountain 8pm



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Just got back from a wonderful tour in The Netherlands with Cara Luft and BJ Baartsman. We snuck into a studio and recorded 6 songs which I hope to get out to you guys very soon. Cara was amazing – a founder of The Wailing Jenny’s, she was a huge inspiration and she’s got me hooked on clawhammer banjo.

The URGENT news is that my PLEDGE CAMPAIGN for the new record is holding at 54% of my goal with only 16 days left. If everyone on this list simply PRE-ORDERED a record, I’d make my goal and more. I realize that crowdfunding is a complicated issue. Here’s the nutshell of why I and so many other artists are doing it. For me, I have put out a few records on Record Labels through the “old” system. The labels paid for the recording, paid for the promotion, made all the decisions, and when the record was done and being sold on line or at stores, the labels got the money, which they deserved in order to pay back their investment. But sometimes, to be honest, they didn’t make decisions that perhaps I would have made. I might have chosen a different PR firm. Or I would have pushed a different “focus” track. Or maybe they just dropped the ball entirely, got excited about another artist, and my record got lost. This has all happened to me. So when I made my last record, Stormy Boat, I decided to create my own independent record label, Windbone Records. I have distribution in the US through Tone Tree (a great company that has worked with The Civil Wars, Mindy Smith, Angel Snow and Nora Jane Struthers). I have distribution in the UK through Proper/CRS and in Europe through CRS. But now that I’m my own label, I have to pay for EVERYTHING. The recording itself is the cheapest part. What costs money is PR, Radio, manufacturing and shipping, and then getting all this stuff out to the world. It costs over $25,000 to do all of this at even a good independent level and make any kind of dent. I make a decent living as a musician and for that I’m blessed. I don’t have (nor have the time) for a ‘day job’. My job is touring and making music. I get paid by ticket sales. You come to the shows and I get to pay my rent. You buy my CDs and I pay my rent. You stream my songs on Spotify and…. ha ha…well, I don’t pay my rent and that’s a whole other conversation, but maybe another person is turned onto my songs and goes to Amazon or ITunes or even my website and downloads my record. At the end of the day, I make enough to cover my basic expenses and save a teensy bit for little things. But making a living as a folk musician ain’t the high roller life. Again: I’m blessed and I’m grateful. But this is exactly why I am doing a Pledge Campaign. To ask my fanbase to PARTNER with me in this enterprise. This isn’t asking for Charity or a hand-out. And I know some folks have an issue with Pledge and Kickstarter and the like, thinking “well, if you can’t pay for it yourself, get a dayjob or get out…” which I totally understand, but the music business model is really in flux. There IS NO MODEL anymore. The model is this connection between the creators and the consumers. I write it. You hear it. I hope we are both changed by the experience for the better and our lives are made better. And if you can pre-order the record, man, I would be so grateful because then I can release this little puppy into the world by March 2nd.

Thanks for taking the time to read that. Back to the tour…I have a moment to catch my breath here in Nashville and then I head out next week with KENNY WHITE, my friend from NYC, great songwriter, and fellow once-Wildflower Records recording artist. This is my first time in the Pacific Northwest and San Fran, CA area in many years so I hope y’all come out and say hi. Tourdates to the left and full details here TOURPAGE. Buy tickets in advance if you can.

As always, if you are interested in hosting a house concert in 2015, please email me at amy@amyspeace.com and we can talk about it! All you need is a good cat-free space, at least 30-40 friends who’d come hear the music, and I can come over to play. For reals.

Stay warm!

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Photo: Mick Leonardi, Nashville, TN

Photo: Mick Leonardi, Nashville, TN


Happy first whiff of Autumn, happy back to school clothes, happy ‘maybe the 99 degree heatwave will give way to cooler Fall evenings’, happy new things all around us…

This summer has left me breathless. I finished the recording/mixing/mastering of the new record to be released in Spring 2015. It’ll be called “That Kind Of Girl.” We recorded in 3 days in East Nashville with Amy Speace at the production helm and playing drums. Will Kimbrough and Carl Broemel on guitars and pedal steel. Danny Mitchell on keys and horns. Eamon McLoughlon on strings. Dean Marold on upright bass. John Moreland, Garrison Starr, Ben Glover, Rod Picott, Doug & Telisha Williams and Tim Easton all came into sing. There’s still lots to do before the release but I am confident that this is the best record I’ve ever made. You can get involved as I’ll be launching a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for the promotion and tour and I’ll be announcing that launch date very very soon.

I had the best summer I’ve had in so many years. Two amazing weeks teaching songwriting and performance at The Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC and back for my 11th year at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School in Colorado. And I took some time off touring to get prepared for the record, to write (not songs…perhaps a book…maybe you’ll be hearing about it…) and to have, well, a life. Learning balance. It’s an art all to itself.

There’s so much around the last corner of 2014. Northeast dates, Nashville gigs, Holland with Cara Luft, West Coast with Kenny White in November, and the return of Decembersongs. So stay tuned and thanks so much for being a part of the journey.

Also a special shout-out to my friends who board The Cayamo Cruise each year for supporting and voting for me for the Cayamo Soundcheck Stage. Announcement to come soon!

Your fan,

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July Doings
Recording, Teaching, Writing, Sleeping

Photo from Woodyfest 2014

Photo from Woodyfest 2014

Mid July and I’m just getting my Email out to y’all. It’s been a busy month but mostly I’ve been recording and preparing for that. Had a GREAT few days in the studio with the world’s best band, making the next record (as of yet unnamed). It won’t be released until March 2014, but stay tuned here for news soon next month of the impending Kickstarter campaign which will give everyone a chance to get involved and get the record WAY before anyone else does. I can say with confidence that this is the best record I’ve made so far. Neilson Hubbard is producing again and this time playing drums. Will Kimbrough and Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) on guitars/pedal steel. Dean Marold (of Farewell Drifters) on upright bass. Danny Mitchell on keys and Eamon McLouglin on fiddle. Guest singers Garrison Starr and John Moreland, Tim Easton, Rod Picott, Doug & Telisha Williams, Ben Glover. I can’t wait…

This weekend I head to The Swannanoa Gathering to teach at The Contemporary Folk Week with Jim Lauderdale, Jon Vezner, Don Henry, Kathy Mattea. I’m so excited (and a bit nervous). Then the following week I’ll be heading to Colorado for a few dates with Mary Gauthier and to teach at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School for the 11th year. Wow.

There’s some House Concert opportunities to the left I’d love to come play for you while I’m in your neighborhood. If you’ve got room for at least 25-30 people (more if possible) and want to partner with me to host a concert in your living room, let me know and I can walk you through how easy it is.

In the meantime, stay cool and safe and take good care of each other out there.


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