Original roots music from the heart of Kentucky.

The trio Zoe Speaks consists of Kentuckians Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, and Owen Reynolds, who draw on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely-crafted, award-winning originals. A smooth, mellow instrumental mix lays the background for the close vocal harmonies that are a defining feature of their sound. Their relaxed style and accessible attitude allow audiences to feel as if they are getting to know the artists. A staple on the Kentucky music scene for over a decade with three successful CDs under their belt, they are back together and sounding better than ever. They accompany themselves on guitar, claw hammer banjo, upright bass, and sometimes dulcimers and clogging feet. 

Corenbread & Tortillas Fest! 

We had an amazing time performing with Appalatin at the multicultural Cornbread & Tortillas Festival in Lexington, KY! Other performers included Jeri Katherine Howell, Jorge Luis Ruiz, and el grupo del baile folclórico de la casa de la cultura hispana.

Zoe Speaks signs with Kosson Talent! 

We have exciting news to share! When we decided last fall to begin performing again as Zoe Speaks, we knew we were excited, and we knew we had a special musical synergy that we were happy to be exploring again. It felt healing. It felt good. It felt RIGHT. But we never dreamed we'd have so much support from all of you--thanks for all the emails, comments, kind words, and for showing up at venues across the state these past six months. 

But we REALLY never dreamed we'd now be getting the chance to work with a nationally-known booking agency, Kosson Talent. We met the founders of the agency, Larry Kosson and Robin Spielberg years ago at a music conference, and they reached out to us recently when they heard we were performing together again. After a series of talks in which we discussed goals, dreams, plans, and what it might look like for us to work together, we are happy to announce that we signed with them last week to represent our performances nationally. 
What we are learning about Robin and Larry (and their assistant, Meghan!) is that not only do they run a top-notch agency with the know-how to help us to achieve some of our long-held musical goals, but that they are also wonderful people with whom we share many values and visions. We are proud to be associated with them, and humbled by their belief in our music. And we are SO EXCITED to be getting "out there" again! It really is a dream-come-true! 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support and friendship over the years. We invite you to check out the website of our new agency "home" (and the impressive roster they represent) at the link below. 
Kosson Talent

Sold-Out Show in Berea! 

We had a great time picking for friends and fans in Berea, KY, hosted by our good pal Sune Fredericksen at the Berea Community Arts Center! Zoey and Arlo joined us for some righteous harmonies, fiddling, and guitar-picking! Yee-ha!

Music at Al's! 

We had a big time in spite of the UK loss which meant that we didn't advance to the Final Four! (Yeah, Kentuckians love their basketball!) Here's a nice shot of Zoey and Arlo warming up the crowd!

20th Anniversary! 

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of our first project together (before we came up with the name Zoe Speaks!) Come on out to Molly Malone's in Covington Sunday to celebrate with us! It's a great pub and listening room that makes a perfect road trip!

Pickin' with Brett & Jesse 

In addition to scheming about the new Zoe Speaks album, Owen and Carla are currently helping out another great Kentucky balladeer and banjoist, Brett Ratliff. Yesterday all worked on some new old songs in Carla's living room in preparation for his new project entitled "Gone Boy."

Rainy Night at The New Vintage 

Although it was a very rainy night AND there was a UK game going on, we had a lovely crowd for our first show at The New Vintage. We were joined by Zoey Raven on fiddles and vocals and guitar, as well as some tasty lead playing by Arlo Barnette. Look for us in Louisville again this summer!

Kentucky Coffee Tree 

We felt SO welcome and there was so much love at our most recent show in Frankfort. Thanks to all our friends who came out, Walt and Mary for hosting, and Fred Keams for adding his amazing flute sounds!

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