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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. 
    

Congrats & Woo-Hoo! 

We're happy to announce that our friend, Dale Ann Bradley, just recorded one of our songs, "Me & The Redbird River", which will be released in January of 2019. And we're beyond stoked that her band, Sister Sadie, was just nominated for the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album 2019. We're rooting for you, Dale Ann!

shows

Previous events

Apr20

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.

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.

Feb16

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

Feb11

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!

Jan31

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

Oct1

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.

Sep29

PPPP Proudly Presents: House Concert w/Zoe Speaks

Chez Pistrang, Cleveland, TN

This will be a wonderful and intimate house concert in the home of our friends Mark and Wendy. Because this is a private event, please RSVP to the following email, or message Mark via the FB page: mpistrang@juno.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1957698064252271/

Sep23

CD Release Concert & Party

Minglewood, 59 N Limestone St. , Lexington, KY 40507

We can't wait to celebrate the release of WINGS with you all in a lovely and intimate venue in downtown Lexington. Doors open at 6:30--come and have some locally-sourced food and craft drinks, then hear the tunes from the new album at 7:30! All ages are welcome--come fly with us!

Carla opens for Tish Hinojosa

Goodwood Brewing, 636 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Don't miss this rare Kentucky appearance of acclaimed Texas songstress Tish Hinojosa! Tickets are $10 at the door, and a range of craft beverages can be had. Carla and Yani Vozos (of Appalatin) will open the show with a few tunes!

Aug1

Singing Bird Music School (Carla)

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Berea, KY 40403

Musicians of all experience levels (age 10 and up) are welcome to participate in three days of hands-on classes in old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, flatfoot dancing, and singing with teaching artists Pam Gadd, Sam Gleaves, Carla Gover, John Harrod, Michael Parks, Lucian Parker, and Deborah Payne. The school welcomes beginning musicians. Visit this site for complete information: https://www.singingbirdschool.com/