A composite of what's best about Southern Music today!”

— Sing Out!

Original roots music from the heart of Kentucky.

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Zoe Speaks consists of Kentuckians Mitch Barrett and Carla Gover, their daughter, fiddler/bassist/vocalist Zoey Barrett, and her multi-instrumentalist husband Arlo Barnette, who draw on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely-crafted originals. Close family harmonies are a defining feature of their sound, and while their music is drenched in the flavor of the mountain music they grew up with, they skirt the cutting edge of tradition. Their music follows in the tracks of socially conscious Kentucky writers like Jean Ritchie and John Prine, with a distinctly progressive bent.  A veritable songwriting powerhouse, their song contest wins include the Telluride Troubador Contest, Merlefest's Chris Austin Contest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and Kerrville New Folk, among others. A staple on the Kentucky music scene for over a decade with three successful CDs under their belt, they are newly back together with a brand-new album called Wings. They accompany themselves on guitar, claw hammer banjo, upright bass, and sometimes dulcimer and clogging feet. 



Just like all of you, in this time where our world is eerily suspended by a virus that all of humanity is fighting, we are trying to figure out the best use of our time and energy to help others and also take care of our immediate circles of loved ones. We will be adding some live stream concerts and videos classes, and we're also working on a few recording projects.

Is there anything you'd like to see/hear from us in the coming weeks? How can we help you?


Sending love and prayers,

Zoe Speaks


Previous events


Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference

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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI

We are so excited to be OFFICIAL SHOWCASE ARTISTS at this conference, where we will meet, greet, and fraternize with our folk buddies from all over the midwest! More details soon about our performance---it will be open to the public!


Tahlsounds Festival

Oleika Great Lawn, 302 Southland Drive, Lexington KY

2 Days of Live Music! Tickets & Info here: http://tahlsound.com • Local & Regional Merchants, Artists & Food Vendors
• Craft Beer from West Sixth Brewing
• Interactive & Family-Friendly Experiences
• Sisohpromatem Art Foundation Face-painting & Creative Art
• CKYO MusicWorks Instrument-petting-zoo
• Tahlsound CANvas Creation
• Ice Cream, Hula-hoops, Games, Buckets, & More


Cowan Creek Mountain Music School

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Cowan Community Center, 81 Sturgill Branch, Whitesburg, KY 41858

Carla, Zoey, and Arlo will all be teaching mountain music at this charming music camp in the mountains, in Carla's hometown of Whitesburg. Scholarships available, and classes are offered in guitar, fiddle, string band, bass, mandolin, and banjo. http://cowancreekmusic.org/


CornMaiz String Band in concert (Carla, Zoey, and Arlo)

Mountain Fiesta, Main Street, Cumberland Gap, TN

The Mountain Fiesta is an annual festival in Cumberland Gap, TN that celebrates Latin American and Appalachian culture. The event takes place on a Saturday in late-April and is free for everyone.


CornMaiz String Band in concert (Carla, Zoey, and Arlo)

Bonefire Smokehouse, 260 West Main, Abingdon, VA

We'll play traditional tunes from Eastern KY where we're from as well as fun covers of some of our favorite tunes! Come hungry and thirsty and plan to get your yee-ha on!

Kentucky Women's Voices (Carla & Zoey)

The Kentucky School, 607 N Limestone, Lexington KY

Join us for an evening of original music and writings from four decades of Kentucky women, singing and musing about home, the land, social justice, politics, the environment, and other matters close to the heart. Performers include Zoey & Maizie Barrett, Jeri Katherine Howell, and Tiffany Williams. The performance will take place in Lexington's new home for music and culture, The Kentucky School. Get your tickets now as space is limited! Link below.


Zoe Speaks House Concert

McCain's Concert Series, Columbus, OH

This is a house concert at an amazing home venue, hosted by our friends Thom and Jan. They aren't allowed to sell tickets since it's in their home, but rather operate on a system of "suggested donation". To receive an invite with directions, please email Thom to request one at: thommccain@gmail.com


Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

The Lyric Theater, 300 E Third, Lexington KY 40508

This will be a double bill with Appalatin, at a live taping of a radio show in downtown Lexington. We'll play tracks from our new albums, and discuss our Cornbread & Tortillas project! FOR PUBLIC TICKETS ONLY: Call 859-280-2218 after 1PM to purchase a ticket. Tickets are usually available at the door the night of the broadcast but many shows sell out so we suggest getting your tickets in advance. The audience must be seated by 6:45PM … Thank You!


Zoe Speaks & Appalatin

The Burl, 375 Thompson Road, Lexington, KY

It's that time again--come prepared to sing and dance with Zoe Speaks and Appalatin at one of Lexington's funnest clubs. This is a 21+ show as The Burl is a bar, but food trucks are available for those who come hungry. Tickets $10 details coming soon


Performing Arts Exchange Conference

PADAS Showcases, Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821

We were selected to participate in this juried showcase featuring 10 artists from the American South at the 2018 PAE Conference! We're so excited to connect with international presenters from around the world (and the USA, too) as we showcase and network at the tradeshow and events.