Alice Wallace brings ‘Songwriters at Play’ to town
“Songwriters at Play” June 2 at Sculpterra Winery
This year is shaping to be a big one for southern California’s Alice Wallace, which is exactly what the singer/songwriter has always hoped for.
On a leap of faith, the folky singer – with a voice that’s been compared to the likes of Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt – made the big decision to leave her full-time job and devote all of her time and energy to her music career. And her music will be bringing her to the Central Coast on May 30 to perform the featured set at Steve Key’s Songwriters at Play event at the SLO Down Pub in Arroyo Grande. She’ll also do a short set at his showcase on Sunday, June 2 at Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles.
Alice’s trip to the Central Coast is part of a larger West Coast tour she is doing in May that will extend up to Sacramento and down to San Diego – and it is only one of several tours she has planned for 2013. In March, she played a series of shows across the southwest, and she will be traveling to Colorado in July. As her own manager, Alice has been working tirelessly to get her music in front of new audiences since quitting her full-time job.
Another highlight of the year was Alice’s invitation to join the Orange County Music Awards’ Best Live Band competition in January. Alice’s performance in that competition was called “polished, vibrant, and with a voice as rich as the sun” by the World Famous KROQ radio station in Los Angeles.
With influences that range from 70s alt.country rocker Gram Parsons to modern folk songwriter Patty Griffin, Alice has been writing her own material since she first picked up the guitar in high school. In late 2011, she released her debut album of original songs, entitled “Sweet Madness,” and received rave reviews from both regional and national outlets.
While on tour, Alice’s effortlessly strong vocals and steady, simple acoustic guitar lines are complemented perfectly by multi-instrumentalist Ryan Donohue. Now based in southern California after spending most of his career playing in New Orleans, Ryan accompanies Alice on the upright bass, while also providing backing vocals and harmonica leads. Their talents allow Alice and Ryan to create surprisingly full and energetic arrangements of Alice’s original songs, as well as classic country, folk and blues tunes.
Press reviews for Alice Wallace’s music
“Wallace is a golden-toned songstress who wavers from soft and airy to full and passionate depending on the style of song, which could be anything from folk to blues to old style country.”
– Sarah Payne, The Corvallis Gazette-Times, Corvallis, OR
“Alice Wallace has had her heart broken. You can tell in her music. But she won’t break yours.”
– Susan Smiley-Height, Ocala.com, Ocala, FL
On Alice’s recent performance as part of the OC Music Awards Best Live Band Competition:
“…Polished, vibrant, and with a voice as rich as the sun.”
– Nadia Noir, The World Famous KROQ.com, Los Angeles, CA
“Alice Wallace was a standout for sure, taking the stage like a seasoned pro…”
– Kelli Skye Fadroski, Orange County Register
On Alice’s debut album, “Sweet Madness,” released in November 2011
“With Sweet Madness, Alice Wallace displays an immense amount of talent, most notably in the quality of her voice, which is gilded lightning.”
– Jason “Diesel” Hamad, NoSurfMusic.com
“The record is dynamic, non-skipworthy and best of all, sincere.”
– Myles Cochrane, Tri-City Weekly of Humboldt County, CA