This lovely article was published about Zoe Speaks in the Richmond Magazine. Article by Kim Kobersmith and photos by Hannah Thomas.
“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/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.
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
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.
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/