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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/vocalist Zoey Barrett, her multi-instrumentalist fiancé Arlo Barnette, and bassist Owen Reynolds, 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. 
    

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!

A Kentucky Christmas... 

We had fun playing at the Henry Clay Estate today in Lexington, after a brief run-through at Carla's house. The event was called "A Kentucky Christmas." If you missed it, you can still come and see us before Christmas in Frankfort on December 12th at the Kentucky Coffee Tree Cafe. Bring your friends and family, and we'll bring the yee-ha!

Kentucky Homefront 

We had a blast seeing all the crew of Kentucky Homefront Radio Show again, and getting to visit with our buddy, John Gage. We also had the chance to play an extra set after the taping was over, and it warmed our hearts to see so many of our old fans who had come out to support our first show after so many years! We can't wait to come back to Louisville in January for the show at the New Vintage!

Together Again! 

We are so excited to be embarking on a new phase for our band! After a 9-year hiatus, we are coming back together with renewed energy and a whole bunch of new material. (Don't worry---we haven't forgotten our greatest hits!) Stay tuned for exciting announcements and new show dates being added all the time.

shows

Jun5

Suffolk, Virginia Beach and surrounds, on tour

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We are currently putting together an early-summer tour to feature performances at Tidewater Friends of Folk Music in Suffolk and other venues on the east coast. Stay tuned!