“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 + 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.
PPPP Proudly Presents: House Concert w/Zoe Speaks
Chez Pistrang, Cleveland, TN
CD Release Concert & Party
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
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!
Join us for this free, family-friendly, art-full festival in the lovely rolling hills outside of Frankfort, KY! We go on at 4 PM, but be sure to check out the entire lineup of awesome music and activities: https://josephinesculpturepark.org/events-programs/fall-arts-festival/
Washington Hall Sessions
Come be in the audience for this live-recorded radio show in historic downtown Maysville, where we'll be performing some of our new material as well as chatting with our host, Nicholas Dunham. Suggested donation: $5 at the door.
Richmond Centre Summer Music Series
Free, family-friendly concert. Rain may affect this date---visit our FB page for updates.
Singing Bird Music School (Carla)
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/
Berea Summer Craft Festival
Visit the beloved festival under the trees, with food, music, and crafts galore! https://www.bereacraftfestival.com
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School (Carla & Zoey)
The annual blessed time of music-making and friendship in beautiful Letcher County. Carla will be teaching Intermediate Banjo, and there'll be nightly concerts and square dances, and AWESOME kids program, and a whole lot of love! The camp is very affordable--learn more and sign up here: http://cowancreekmusic.org/
Cornbread & Tortillas w/Appalatin
Stay tuned for more details about this extravaganza of an evening, starting off with our collaborative production showing connections between Appalachia and Latin America via music, dance, and stories, entitled Cornbread & Tortillas. We'll finish the evening with sets from Zoe Speaks and Appalatin, the two bands who collaborated to create the project!
Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert
This free concert will be fun for all ages and all are welcome! www.scottpublib.org
Pioneer Salt Works Festival
We are tickled to play near Carla's beloved Redbird River, in the county where she is related to most of the population! Zoe Speaks: 1 PM Clogging Workshop: 2:45 Storytelling Workshop: 3:30
Derby Breakfast Celebration
We are proud to play for the good people of the Commonwealth, on the Old Capitol Lawn in downtown Frankfort. Come and get some free breakfast, and we'll pick you a few, followed by the talented young Webb Twins on fiddle and banjo! We promise to elevate the vibe in Frankfort---won't you join us?
Hancock Bank & Trust Coffeehouse Series
We're happy to be returning to this fabulous venue in Madisonville with the whole gang to perform music from the new Wings album and enjoy the wonderful space and excellent sound of this state-of-the-art theater. Tickets are $20, with discounts for students and seniors. For more info visit http://www.glemacenter.org/