From Mark, your concert co-host: I’ve been trying to get Alice Wallace to play here ever since I saw her perform at the Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) conference two years ago. Alice had that rare combination of voice, personality, songwriting skill, and stage presence that marked her as something special. And I’m not the only one who thinks so — she’s recently won the LA Music Critic Awards for Best Country/Americana Album (2015) and Best Country/Americana Artist (2016).
Growing up in a musical family, Alice absorbed a variety of influences: parental favorites like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris; ’80s and ’90s country performers such as Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, and Mary Chapin Carpenter; and singer-songwriters such as Jewel, Alanis Morissette, and Sarah McLachlan. More recent influences include modern Americana musicians such as Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell, and ’50s and ’60s country artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Willie Nelson.
“It doesn’t take long after Alice Wallace takes the stage to realize we are hearing an exciting new talent.… She carries a presence and charisma that is inviting and charming. It’s the kind of stuff stars are made of in her vocal skill and her engaging rapport with the audience.”
—No Depression (The Journal of Roots Music)