Update 21 Mar: Unfortunately, this show is cancelled. We hope to see Jess and Amy back real soon!
When Jess Klein sings her songs, it’s clear you’re experiencing “a very talented and highly gifted singer-songwriter,” hails Maverick magazine. Over the last 15 years her artistic gifts have taken her across North America and Europe and around the globe to Japan. And consistently won her an ever-growing legion of devoted fans and followers plus high critical praise over what is now seven albums. It’s all due to what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to.” And songs that “are fully realized, finely observed, and deeply felt,” observes the Cape Cod Times of Klein’s writing gifts. Those qualities are found in abundance on her latest album, Behind a Veil.
Klein writes honestly and courageously about the conflicting emotions of love, loss, joy and pain. But even in the most delicate passages you can hear the triumph in her voice. “Listening to Klein sing is one of the singular pleasures in life,” swoons Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. “If [she] continues to write and produce material as strong as every song on Behind a Veil, she’s got a long and prosperous career ahead of her.”
Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicament. “It’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open,” says legendary rock critic Dave Marsh in his liner notes to Amy Speace’s newest collection How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat (WindBone/Tone Tree). Marsh continues, “It is the most daring, confident, ambitious and beautiful album Amy Speace has made since she began recording.” Speace, once an actress with The National Shakespeare Company, has crafted a document to living gracefully with grief that weaves a most unlikely yet beautifully poetic narrative between her very modern lamentings and the characters in Shakespeare’s plays. The New York Times wrote “For those who argue that poetry is a dying genre, I suggest listening to Amy Speace.” The Tennessean writes, “What Speace says – what she sings — she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity.”
“There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors, and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice.” —Mary Gauthier