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There Used To Be Horses Here

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There Used To Be Horses Here
There Used To Be Horses Here


Beautifully uplifting and deeply personal, Amy Speace has made the most revealing album of her career with There Used to Be Horses Here. Recorded in Nashville in just four days, the award-winning songwriter pulls directly from her own childhood memories, coming of age in New York City, and losing a parent while learning to become one.

In its most powerful moments, the album sets Speace's majestic voice to symphonic arrangements, yet her songwriting remains intimate and emotional. As a fan and friend of the Nashville band The Orphan Brigade, she invited its three members to collaborate as songwriters and co-producers, inspired by their persistent rhythms and sweeping sonic palette. Remembering her vocal sessions, she says simply, "While I was singing over what those guys were playing, it made me feel like I was flying."

While many of the subjects are heavy, There Used to Be Horses Here isn't a sad record. Instead it's a direct reflection of the 12 months between her son's first birthday and the loss of her dad, propelled by a playwright's eye for detail and a performer's gift of vocal delivery.

Speace's many champions from the folk world have included Judy Collins, Mary Gauthier, and Kathy Mattea, to name only a few. She's cultivated a significant audience in the UK and Europe as well. The title track of her prior album, Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne, was named International Song of the Year by the Americana Music Association UK in 2020.


  1. Name
  2. Down The Trail
  3. There Used To Be Horses Here
  4. Hallelujah Train
  5. Father's Day
  6. Grief Is A Lonely Land
  7. One Year
  8. Give Me Love
  9. River Rise
  10. Shotgun Hearts
  11. Mother Is A Country
  12. Don't Let Us Get Sick
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