CONTRIBUTED BY SUNDILLA
Amy Speace will make her long-overdue Sundilla debut on Friday, Oct. 22. This one will take place at The Sound Wall in Opelika; show time is 7:30 p.m., and you can get advance tickets for just $20 at Spicer’s Music, Ross House Coffee and online at sundillamusic.com. Admission at the door will be $25. The audience is welcome to bring their own favorite food or beverage. Weather permitting, the show will take place outdoors, but if it is too cold or too rainy it will move inside.
Amy Speace is timeless and classic, and a bit out of her own era.
“She has one of the richest and loveliest voices in the genre and her songs are luxuriously smart,” writes journalist Craig Havighurst (host of Nashville’s “Music City Roots). “She’s profoundly personal yet also a bit mythic.”
Since her discovery in 2006 by folk-pop icon Judy Collins, who signed her to her own imprint Wildflower Records, Speace has been heralded as one of the leading voices of the new generation of American folk singers. Her song “The Weight of the World” was named as the No. 4 Best Folk Song of the last decade.
“We have been hoping to bring Amy Speace to Sundilla for quite a while” said Sundilla organizer Bailey Jones. “But she is always in demand by venues around the country and overseas, and she took some time off to have a baby, which made the process even more daunting. We managed to book her for October 2019, and sadly her father passed away that week, so we had to re-schedule. But while we had to wait two years, it did give Amy time to record a new CD. In my opinion it’s her best yet, and the title track has become my favorite Amy Speace song.”
Speace has had her songs recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Hall of Fame bluesman Sid Selvidge and many others. Amy has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace” and has appeared four times on “Mountain Stage”, as well as many folk festivals around the world.
While most Sundilla concerts take place at Pebble Hill in Auburn, this one will be at The Sound Wall in Opelika.
“Pebble Hill isn’t available for this show,” Jones said. “But Rob and Jen Slocumb at The Sound Wall stepped up, and have once again made their fantastic space available to us. We can’t thank them enough.”
Sundilla will present Amy Speace at The Sound Wall on Friday, Oct. 22. The show will be outdoors if the weather permits, indoors if it does not. For more information, go to www.sundillamusic.com.