In celebration of our good Kentucky buddy Bobi Conn's new book In The Shadow of the Valley, we have released a new single for her artist playlist. Check it out now on Spotify or iTunes or Amazon. Mitch sings a raw, emotional version of Amazing Grace, just like you'd hear it in a little mountain church.
“A composite of what's best about Southern Music today!”
— Sing Out!
Original roots music from the heart of Kentucky.
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.
POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR: Berea Craft Festival
Come see the cool crafts, try some great Kentucky food, and enjoy all the bands!
Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference
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!
2 Days of Live Music!
Tickets & Info here:
• 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
Berea Craft Festival
Come to the woods and enjoy the best of Kentucky crafts outside beautiful Berea, KY! We'll be strolling and playing all three days. https://www.visitberea.com/calendar/berea-craft-festival-2019
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
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/
Summer Solstice & Singing Soirée
This will be a magical evening of more than music. Stay tuned for details about this heart-opening, community event of music and art-making, together! Tickets are $20.
Zoe Speaks @Run For the Roses
With complimentary pony rides, entertainment for the whole family by Zoe Speaks, southern fare, hats, and a glimpse of Anita Madden's famous Derby Eve Parties! Zoe Speaks sets at 12:15, 1:30, and 2:30
CornMaiz String Band in concert (Carla, Zoey, and Arlo)
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)
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)
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.
Hancock Bank & Trust Coffeehouse Series
We love this venue---great sound, beautiful stage, friendly staff, and great coffee! Won't you join us for an evening of music and fun? Tickets: $20. Students get a 25% discount. 55 + get 10%. 7:00 Doors. 7:30 concert. www.glemacenter.org
Zoe Speaks House Concert
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
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
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
Zoe Speaks + The Local Honeys
We are gonna have a BIG time! Get your tickets at the link below--$15/18!
Zoe Speaks Concert
Join us for our first appearance in Virginia for quite some time! Expect an evening of food and music and yee-ha as we celebrate the release of our new album and a road trip down south!
Zoe Speaks in concert
Pinellas County Center for the Arts @ Gibbs HS Jazz Combo opens at 6:30, Zoe Speaks goes on at 7! Suggested donation $20. All ages welcome! Doors open at 6.
Performing Arts Exchange Conference
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.