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Live At The Linda: "Americana Night"

Jaimee Harris - David Wilcox - Amy Speace
Laura Schneider - Lynne Harty - Amy Speace
Jaimee Harris - David Wilcox - Amy Speace

Each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. “Live At The Linda” brings you some of the best musical acts to grace the stage at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. Tonight is Americana night, featuring Jaimee Harris, Amy Speace and David Wilcox.

Jaimee Harrs was branded the Next Queen of American Folk by NPR. She graced us with this powerful and enchanting set this past October opening for frequent collaborator Linda friend and favorite Mary Gauthier. Mary and Jaimee are coming back on June 11 and those tickets and info are available right now at thelinda.org. Jaime cultivated a devoted critical and popular following in Austin, Texas, where she fronted a slate of seasoned musicians with admirable swagger. When she alighted upon the scene, this jaded music city, replete with (and weary of) singer-songwriters, woke up and took notice. Here, finally, was a new voice—yes, her singing voice is noteworthy: rich, sonorous, full, delivering a uniquely stylized, throaty tone—but equally important, here was the new voice of a noteworthy writer and performer. Jaimee is one of a kind and a yet satisfyingly comfortable performer. Classic Americana. From October 2021 here is Jaimee Harris Live at The Linda.

A couple months ago we got to hang out and record with Amy Speace, a simply wonderful and lovely human being and fantastic musician. Amy is a Nashville-based folk/Americana American singer-songwriter and essayist originally from Baltimore, Maryland. National Public Radio described her voice as "velvety and achy" and compared her to Lucinda Williams. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is a former Shakespearean actress, her music has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, The Sunday London Times, Mojo Magazine, etc. Speace's song, Weight of the World, was recorded by singer Judy Collins on her 2010 album Paradise. This concert was in support of her 2021 Album there used to be horses. From February 2022 here is Amy Speace Live at The Linda.

Of David Wilcox Rolling Stone says “David Wilcox’s ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.” More than three decades into his career, singer/songwriter David Wilcox continues to push himself, just as he always has. Wilcox, by so many measures, is a quintessential folk singer, telling stories full of heart, humor, and hope, substance, searching, and style. His innate sense of adventure and authenticity is why critics and colleagues, alike, have always praised not just his artistry, but his humanity, as well. If you like what you hear from this Americana performer David will be back at the Linda in just over a week on Friday April 29 with special guest Brooklyn’s own Jesse Rubin in tow. Tickets and info are as always available at thelinda.org and I hope you can join me live at The Linda for Live at The Linda.

Thanks for sticking with us this week for Americana Night. Next week we’ll be “Shipping Up To Boston,” with Jo Henley 2010, Cheryl Wheeler 2008, and Antje Duvekot 2022. For more information about The Linda or any upcoming events follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or visit thelinda.org.

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Peter Hughes is the General Manager and Programmer/Presenter for The Linda: WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Live Performing Arts Studio. He is also the on-air host of "Live at the Linda" a twice-weekly variety music program on WAMC on-air and online that broadcasts concerts and content both recorded and live from The Linda studio in Albany NY, but also interviews and conversations with artists of all stripes.