CD Review – Amy Speace (Folkie with a nice resume)
Land Like a Bird
Thirty Tigers Records
She’s toured with the likes of Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin. Her song “Weight of the World” was rated the #4 folk song of the decade by New York station WFUV. She has had the “Song of the Day” on NPR. Now she’s back with a folk gem that just adds to her ever impressive resume.
“Change for Me” has Speace emoting “Can you hear me now/ When you ever gonna change for me,” with an effortless heaviness. She beautifully covers Ron Sexsmith’s “Galbraith Street” and gives a sparce lounge-feel and sexiness to “It’s Too Late to Call it a Night.”
Speace wrote this album as she moved from Manhattan to east Nashville. The change hasn’t affected her music (which is good), but it resonates in her songwriting where “Ghost” and “Had to Lose” are, as Speace puts it, “Goodbyes to people and places from a distant memory, whether imagined or real.”
Speace has created another folk favorite. At times channeling Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin, she has made an album that folk fans will be clamoring for.