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Interview:
Amy Speace happy with move to Nashville
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Singer-songwriter Amy Speace's cell phone still has a New Jersey area code. But don't call her a Jersey Girl.

"I resent being termed a Jersey Girl," the singer, songwriter and Baltimore native says -- with good humor. "I am not a Jersey girl. I did time in Jersey; there's not enough mousse in my hair to be in Jersey."

For the past two years, Speace has called Nashville home -- although she notes that "I don't have the accent yet, and I don't own a big truck." But she has found it stimulating to be making music in a place that's known as Music City.

"New York City was certainly a creative place to be," notes Speace, "but Nashville is a smaller community, definitely more of a songwriting center. Some of the best writers in the world live there, and the best players. I found it a really warm community to live in. I really like being there."

The act of relocating informs Speace's latest album, "Land Like a Bird;" she notes that the song "Manila Street" was even written while she was surrounded by packed boxes in her apartment. She'll be playing some of those songs next week at the Ark, but her second annual Decembersongs Tour -- which also features fellow troubadours Dan Navarro, Jon Vezner and Sally Barris -- mixes them with holiday material, including originals from a "Decembersongs" EP she released last year.

"We like to pick some obscure, not necessarily super well-known holiday songs, just unearth some stuff people might not have heard," Speace says. "We do some parody things, too, and we try to write a song for each town we go to. It's a lot of fun, and a nice break from the regular kind of show we'd otherwise do."

Decembersongs: An Acoustic Holiday Celebration with Amy Speace, Dan Navarro, Jon Vesner and Sally Barris, takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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