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This October, Amy Speace can add a new highlight to her ever-growing list of accomplishments this year: a string of dates with legendary songstress Nanci Griffith.

"Of the many artists that I look up to Nanci Griffith surely is high up on my list of influences," says Speace, "and it will be a huge honor to share the stage with her on these shows. Nanci paved the way for the rest of us trying to bridge the gap between folk and roots and country music."

Delivering a perfectly matched opening for Griffith, Speace will play songs from her new album 'The Killer In Me,' "an edgy brew of roots rock, folk and pop" (Arizona Republic, 8.11.09) out now on Judy Collins' Wildflower Records. On stage and on her album, Speace knows how to "rock just right" (Washington Post, 6.12.09), sharing stories between her narrative songs with support from the "deft musicianship of her band, the Tearjerks" (Arizona Republic).

Catch Speace opening for Nanci Griffith on the following dates:

October 22 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
October 23 - New York, NY - Town Hall
October 24 - North Hampton, MA - The Calvin Theatre

Speace has earned glowing reviews for 'The Killer In Me,' an "effortlessly intimate" album where "the seduction in Speace's voice and the smooth sound of background horns and organs make you feel exposed and susceptible" (CMT.com, 7.6.09). She'll be backed by the Tearjerks at her showcase at the Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville on September 16.

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Like many musicians before her, Amy Speace left her family, her friends, and her home to write her new album, "The Killer In Me." She left, it seems, not to escape the pain in her life, or to avoid distraction, but to absorb her feelings and transform them. This emotional osmosis drew her pain out and allowed her, as she says, "to write the things the you're afraid to say out loud." Amy's songs break through that fear not only in her mind but also in ours. She is not a simple song writer and "The Killer In Me" is not an easy listen. The cryptic meanings of her lyrics are not immediately clear and demand time to absorb their poetry. This album conjures the loneliness, sadness, and helplessness that we all sometimes feel and tempers those twisting emotions with those of hope and love.

For this album, Amy enlists guitarist and producer James Mastro who brings a psychedelic-rock touch to the sound. His production skills mixed with Amy's song-writing ability make this album special. Songs like "This Love" and "Haven't Learned a Thing," are beautifully woven pieces. The ghostly track, "Weight of the World" shows Amy's ability to sew lyrical melody to instrumental sensibility giving this song an almost programmatic feel; as if the instruments are acting out her story each time they plays the song. Other songs like "Something More Than Rain," "Piece By Piece," and the visionary "Blue Horizon" and true poetic treasures and "Dirty Little Secret" shakes the soul with controversy and depth.

This latest offering is a departure from Amy's previous album, "Songs For Bright Street." Where this album occupies an acoustic-folk sensibility, "The Killer In Me" rocks out and experiments with ethereal and psychedelic timbres exhibited in the songs "Storm Warning" and "Better". Overall, Amy's latest work offers a complex intimacy that was largely absent in its direct and spontaneous predecessor.

Amy Speace has certainly taken a turn on the rock and roll boulevard but Amy doesn't forsake her roots. Songs like "Would I Lie" and "I Met My Love" (featuring the voice of Ian Hunter, who also appears on the title track), are infused with genuine country and folk sounds. With "The Killer In Me" Amy shows us all the color of her heart, a heart shrouded in blue.

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Amy Speace, a power-house of country rock, took to the stage before a full house at Joe's Pub in New York City on June 19th, 2009. The singer/songwriter celebrated the upcoming release of her new album, The Killer in Me, and it is a winner, fitting right in between energetic pop-rock, and the melancholy harmonies of country. At first glance, the perky and smiley Speace doesn't seem like a singer/songwriter fighting a recent heartache, but that's just what she accomplishes with her new album.

Playing guitar alongside a four-piece band, Speace was sharp right from the start, as rock-and-roll intertwined with her vivacious alternative country style. Speace was seemingly effortless in displaying her traditional subject matter of soul-searching. Like many singer/songwriters, Speace's compositions begin with life stories, and her set list was fittingly compiled of these stories within her songs. The album's title track, "The Killer in Me," had the perfect amount of twang and tragedy to compliment her silky, achy voice, while her performance of the understated "Haven't Learned A Thing," prompted everyone in the audience to rethink the constant plight we all have to better ourselves. Through the sounds of triumph and defeat, Speace dared to show vulnerability and shed light on the state of mind of someone who has loved and lost.


During the rest of the set, we watched Speace easily switching back and forth between tantalizing and dark songs like "Blue Horizon" and the very vulnerable "The Weight of the World," a disheartening and powerful acoustic tune of sorrow and unfairness. Though Speace has pulled inspiration from musicians such as Judy Collins and Lucinda Williams, she undoubtedly has enough of her own personality throughout her work as a strong, confident woman with a voice to be heard. This was unmistakably present in her performance, as Speace has composed a body of work with enough variety to keep everyone's eyes and ears on her music at all times.

From here until the end of her nearly two-hour show, Speace left us with some of her best stuff as she and her band produced wonderfully intense, dazzling rock, a truly fitting end to a night of music shared between Speace and her New York City audience. Her music may be filled with heart-breaking honesty and aching openness, but Amy Speace is such a genuine and joyful personality that a night spent watching her perform has proved to be anything but a downer. The Killer in Me was released on June 30th, 2009.

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Americana-rock recording artist Amy Speace will be opening for highly influential British rock vocalist and songwriter Ian Hunter. The show, being held at NYC's City Winery on Thursday, July 23 at 9:00 PM, follows the release of Ian's new solo album, Man Overboard on July 21st.

Thursday, July 23 - 9:00pm
City Winery
155 Varick St, NYC
(212) 608-0555
http://www.citywinery.com/events/25416

Amy will be playing songs from her own just recently released album "The Killer In Me" on Wildflower Records. Critics have already been raving about the album:

Critics are also smitten with the New Jersey-based folk rocker, and 'The Killer In Me,' out now:

"her velvety, achy voice recalls an early Lucinda Williams. Sounding grounded but wounded, Speace exudes the vulnerability of someone who's loved and lost."
- Alex Cohen, NPR.org, 6.12.09

"a deep, dark album full of lush, emotive lyrics, masterful acoustic guitar work and just the right mix of percussion to make up-tempo numbers"
- Nancy Dunham, Washington Post (DC), 6.12.09

"[Speace] will likely increase her following substantially with this album. It's a dark, deeply personal album... a rough-edged, roots-rock sound that perfectly complements Speace's unsettling lyrics."
- Jay Lustig, Newark Star Ledger (NJ), 6.26.09

"Amy Speace revels in her commanding growl on 'The Killer in Me.' Fans of Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls could connect."
- Jon Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News (PA), 6.30.09

Possessing a commanding voice, a distinctive melodic sensibility and an uncanny knack for nailing complex emotions in song, AMY SPEACE makes music that’s both illuminating and effortlessly accessible. Her forthcoming release, The Killer In Me, follows her 2006 breakthrough Songs for Bright Street. While Songs won her a loyal international fan base, The Killer In Me finds the NY-based artist forging into deeper, darker lyrical and musical terrain, delivering an album of startling intimacy and resonance.

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A late-night phone call awoke Amy Speace recently, and the ethereal murmur she heard was the distinct voice of folk icon Judy Collins. Speace listened as Collins introduced the next song of her set, explaining it was written by “an emerging young American songwriter who I think is right up there, writing some incredible songs. This is, to me, the best anti-war song I've heard in a long time," added Collins, before singing "The Weight of the World," the bonus track from Speace's new album 'The Killer In Me,' released yesterday by Collins' own Wildflower Records.

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Collins isn't the only one who can't stop raving about Speace's talents. Critics are also smitten with the New Jersey-based folk rocker, and 'The Killer In Me,' out now:

"her velvety, achy voice recalls an early Lucinda Williams. Sounding grounded but wounded, Speace exudes the vulnerability of someone who's loved and lost."
- Alex Cohen, NPR.org, 6.12.09

"a deep, dark album full of lush, emotive lyrics, masterful acoustic guitar work and just the right mix of percussion to make up-tempo numbers...rock just right...If you bemoan the lack of solid singer-songwriters in the folk world who can bridge inner turmoil with universal experience, Speace is just what you need to hear."
- Nancy Dunham, Washington Post (DC), 6.12.09

"[Speace] will likely increase her following substantially with this album. It's a dark, deeply personal album... Producer-guitarist James Mastro (of the Bongos and the Health and Happiness Show) and engineer Mitch Easter (whose credits include R.E.M. and Pavement) help give the album a rough-edged, roots-rock sound that perfectly complements Speace's unsettling lyrics."
- Jay Lustig, Newark Star Ledger (NJ), 6.26.09

"Amy Speace revels in her commanding growl on 'The Killer in Me.' Fans of Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls could connect."
- Jon Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News (PA), 6.30.09

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Join Host of WomensRadio Music Review, Brian Ball as we catch up with  
one of the world’s busiest Singer/Songwriter’s, Amy Speace. Amy is  
already receiving widespread critical acclaim for her sophomore  
release, The Killer In Me (Wildflower Records), which mines the  
mystery and heartbreak of relationships gone wrong -- and right and  
wrong again.

http://www.womensradio.com/content/templates/?a=3841&z=8

In her interview on WomensRadio, Amy gives a behind-the-scenes tour of  
her new album and also shares with us some of her personal listening  
recommendations, such as Ray LaMontagne, Kate Rusby, and Bert Jansch.  
Also in this fast-paced-yet-relaxed conversational interview, Amy  
shares what she believes to be ‘The Perfect Shoes To Bring On Tour,’  
and the importance of this selection. Find out more by tuning in!
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Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass., July 7, 2009
Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz
Country Standard Time
http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/concertreview.asp?xid=427

It would have been easy to understand if Amy Speace was not the most  
upbeat of performers. After all, her just released CD, "The Killer In  
Me," was written and recorded in the wake of her divorce. The break-up  
didn't appear to be a pretty one with lines like "The liar you hide  
has found the thief in me/Held up the truth with a loaded gun."

But for all the turmoil regarding her ended marriage, Speace, at  
least, has done what every good songwriter ought to do - she came out  
of it with songs of substance. At the same time, the New Jersey native  
did not wallow in sorry and pity for her 80 minutes on stage either.

Speace mixed a country vibe with folk roots with some songs pretty  
much splitting the difference and coming off as rootsy - not quite  
country, but not exactly folk either. Her vocals were forceful or  
tender when needed, making it all the more interesting in a lot of  
songs with water references.

Speace leavened the weight of the lyrics with her often humorous stage  
patter. "Yeah, that's a love song," she joked about The Killer in Me.  
"My therapist is proud of me. She said it's the first co-dependent  
love song she's heard." (On the CD, Speace sings the song with Ian  
Hunter of Mott the Hoople fame).

Before playingWeight of the World, Speace related a funny story about  
coming down during the day from a gig the previous night in Portland,  
Maine. While stopped at a gas station, she saw a man walking with a  
huge cross and decided to encounter him, finding out he was walking to  
Mexico. Acknowledging the guy was a bit off, Speace then turned in a  
good reading of the song, which her label owner Judy Collins is  
recording for her next CD.

The humor came through very loud and clear on the crowd sing-along  
Double Wide Trailer, a song from her 2006 disc, which probably would  
not go down very well in Southern, blue collar communities. It sure  
went down easy though and was funny up north.

The guitar work of her producer James Mastro (he's best known for  
being a member of The Bongos and The Health and Happiness Show) gave a  
lot of texture and bite to the music live, while also contributing  
backing vocals.

Speace may not drawn a lot of folks - about 40, although it was a  
Monday night - but she deserves credit for making depressing songs  
sound almost uplifting.

Virginian Luke Brindle opened with a good set of straight-ahead folk.  
The highlight, though, was a deft Turkish-flavored instrumental, which  
drew his biggest hand. Brindle was not the most dynamic performer - he  
may have been a bit discombobulated overall since he arrived late due  
to bad traffic and had a very late sound check.
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AOL Spinner Full album listening party
http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/12

MSN Music
http://music.msn.com/music/listeningbooth/

Largehearted Boy Included link to AOL full album stream in weekly 'Try
Before You Buy'
http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2009/06/try_it_before_y_89.html

Twangville 'The Killer In Me' included in Twangville June playlist
http://twangville.com/1331/mayers-playlist-for-june-2009/

PopDose Posted interview with Amy June 29
http://popdose.com/the-popdose-interview-amy-speace/

My Secret Playlist Posted Amy's Secret Playlist June 25
http://www.mysecretplaylist.com/2009/06/amy-speace/

The Late Greats Posted 'The Killer In Me' MP3 June 30, with short blurb
on album release
http://staergetaleht.blogspot.com/2009/06/inbox-artists-two-out-today.html

WNEW Posted blurb on Amy's new album June 27
http://www.wnew.com/2009/06/next-big-thing-amy-speace.html

Wildy's World Posted favorable album review June 27
http://wildysworld.blogspot.com/2009/06/review-amy-speace-killer-in-me.html

The Fire Note Posted favorable review to this music blog June 29
http://thefirenote.blogspot.com/2009/06/amy-speace-killer-in-me.html

Ear Farm Included 'The Killer In Me' in mp3 round up posted to this blog
June 26: http://earfarm.com/features/daily-feature/friday/3879
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The Killer In Me' is included in this week's AOL Spinner streaming Listening Party.
http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/13

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