Zoe Speaks
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Zoe Speaks

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The best kept secret in music


"Their spare arrangements and unwavering harmonies evoke Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (not to mention generations of singers before them) but their songs are more personal" - RA

"Charming, moving, and very Appalachian" - Pamela Winters

"Contains many of the best elements of traditional Appalachian music, including purity, integrity, intensity, and vivid imagery" - unknown

"Birds Fly South is a composite of what's best about Southern music today" - TD


Pearl (2001)
Birds Fly South (2003)
Drop In The Bucket (coming soon!)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Zoe Speaks is a trio from the mountains of Kentucky with something to say, and a unique way of saying it. Their music is rooted in the Appalachian sounds they grew up playing, but freely draws on a variety of rhythms and styles from smooth folk-pop to blues and calypso. (Think The Duhks or Tim O'Brien). In fact, they have more than an eclectic style in common with Tim O'Brien: collaboration with musician/producer Dirk Powell, with whom they just finished recording their upcoming studio album, entitled Drop In The Bucket. The new project features mainly original music on the trio's rhythmic mix of banjo, guitar, and bass, with some old-time gems thrown in for good measure. Vocal harmonies are a defining feature of their sound.
It also doesn't hurt that two members of the group are award-winning songwriters, with wins from Merlefest's Christ Austin Songwriting Contest (two times!), the Kerrville New Folk Award, and Kerrville's Music To Life Contest between them.
This is a band with big heart, and it radiates from their performances and recordings. They tour and perform full-time.