Sally Spring (duo or trio)
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Sally Spring (duo or trio)

Kernersville, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | INDIE

Kernersville, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2000
Duo Americana Folk


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"Swedish Magazines selects Sally in top 15 cd releases!"

Peters årslista

CD omslag: Ways not to lose av The Wood Brothers2006 blev något av ett musikaliskt mellanår – Inga sensationer men istället ett jämnt flöde där jag fiskat upp en del godsaker som jag inte tidigare smakat på, som Robert Bradley, Popa Chubby, Tab Benoi, W.E.Whitmore mfl. Samtliga har varit verksamma musiker i många, många år.

Och där ser man – utbudet av god musik är gigantiskt och man behöver inte lägga kroken speciellt långt under den glittrande ytan för att få välsmakande napp. Listan nedan är ett exempel på detta. 2006 har jag dissat de stora namnen till förmån för de udda. Toppar gör debutanterna Wood Brothers och jag sa det redan i slutet av sommaren: ” Det här är en av årets bästa plattor så här långt och garanterat den bästa debuten - ta i trä!”.

Peter Linde , 2006-12-14 -

"More Press"

Allmusic says "Spring's rich, slightly smoky voice (which suggests the clarity of Sandy Denny mixed with the sweet earthiness of early Marianne Faithfull) is a surprisingly malleable instrument"... a "wonderful voice" ... and "she's as gifted a writer as she is a performer". 2006

"Held in high esteem by fellow musicians, she (Sally Spring) is joined by Gene Parsons, Tift Merritt, Marshall Crenshaw, Caitlin Cary, and Fred Smith but at no time does the veteran songwriter take a back seat. is Sally who takes centre stage with her distinctive vocals and commanding presence"
--Maverick, UK - October 2006

" While it's the gently piercing clarity of Sally Spring's voice that lights up Here Come The Memories and Floyd Johnson, the emotional heat she generates on Ain't No Ash Will Burn is white-hot. ...the songs reached deep inside, were beautifully layered and had something to say."
--Americana UK - (nine stars!) February 2007

"Dass Sally Spring nun wahrlich kein 'junges Ding' mehr ist, hort man den Liedern und insbesondere ihrer reifen, runden, warmen und fraulichen Stimme deutlich an. Das erinnert dann sehr angenehm an die Kunste von Damen wie Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant oder Tracy Chapman, um mal ein paar bekanntere Hausnummern zu nennen.
One listens to Sally Spring's songs, and particularly, to her mature, full, warm and clear feminine voice. It reminds me of the music of ladies such as Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant or Tracy Chapman, to mention a few more well-known musicians."
--Das Rock, Germany 2007 - Various

"More Press"

"...striking results can be heard on Mockingbird,... Sally's inviting voice ... (her) first-rate compositions..."
--No Depression, November/December 2006

"Soulful and gritty, Mockingbird is the latest from North Carolina veteran, Sally Spring. Her voice is perfect for these folk tales"
--Uncut, U.K. - February 2007

"Blessed with a full voice reminiscent of Sandy Denny"
--Harp, February 2007

"...her voice has that darkness and emotional complexity that reminds me more of June Tabor than any American singer. Her phrasing is fantastic..." --Net Rhythms, UK 2007

"...her soulful, sweet and appealing voice... In short 'Mockingbird' is one of the best CD's I've heard recently from an American songwriter"
--Massimo Ferro, Radio Voce, Italy - 2007

"very intimate and beautiful"
--Melodic, Sweden - December 2006 - Various


Here are just a few quotes:
"...Sally Spring, whose beautiful vocals were supported by an A-list band including the great Graham Maby on bass."
Peter's Postscripts - Peter Blackstock, Co-editor of No Depression Magazine

"A captivating performer" Variety - NYC

"The real show-stopper was Sally Spring." Sing Out

"Veteran folk-rocker Sally Spring's upcoming Mockingbird surrounds her with the likes of Gene Parsons and Marshall Crenshaw as well as  local luminaries Tift Merritt and Caitlin Cary. But Sally's stunning voice and captivating songwriting make her the heartbeat that keeps the whole enterprise pumping." Independent The Triangle's Weekly - Durham, NC 

"Spring's Eternal...Sally Spring one of Winston-Salem's most distinctive and distinguished musicians...who is making amazingly fresh music." Relish - Winston-Salem, NC

"Sally Spring couldn't have been more appropriately named. Sally and her music are as refreshing as the season of new birth and new growth." Chattanooga Times

"The quality is familiar - as easily recognizable as it is rare. It is that singular ability to touch people's souls with song, to bring the emotion rising from deep inside the listener... "
"...her open tunings - unique haunting quality gutsy, bluesy, soul-filled sound of her sweetly defiant voice complements her playing beautifully." Winston-Salem Journal

“Her vocal phrasing is unique and pleasing with a voice so rich and full that there is always more to discover as you listen over and over.” Gene Parsons (Byrds)

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"A - Sing Out!"

Her (Sally's) glorious alto voice transfixes you whether performing an original, a traditional song or one by Gram Parsons...The show stopper on this recording is Spring's composition, "Here Come the Memories", a song worthy of Leonard Cohen, in the vein of his famous "Blue Raincoat". Accompanied simply by guitar, bass and harmonium, it's riveting... In a genre of floundering voices, it's an unmitigated joy to come upon a voice as solid and pleasing as Spring's. If you're looking to discover a great new voice, listen to Sally Spring." - Sing Out! Summer 2007

"A - Folk Alliance Review/Folk DJ's"

"Sally Spring has an incredible voice and writes engrossing songs. I don't know where she's been hiding, because she's not one of the "kids," but everyone who heard her was pretty stunned by her voice and her material."
- Rich Warren - WFMT Chicago


Still working on that hot first release.



video here:   tour in France - festival attended by 90, 000 people

Sally Spring's latest CD, "Made Of Stars", charted #1 in Europe on Americana radio, charted #2 on international Folk DJ chart plus was included in many critics' "Best of The Year" lists throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Accompanied by her husband, the eclectic, edgy, rhythmic Ted Lyons on an acoustic resonator and harmonies, Sally's voice is her own "like that of Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant and Tracy Chapman" (Das Rock, Germany), paints an Americana musical portrait that "reaches deep inside, is beautifully layered, has something to say and generates emotional heat that is white hot." (Americana UK).

Their music combines elements of folk, pop, bluegrass and blues that will bring tears and laughter as you listen and even sing along on a few. Mostly original tunes with some traditional and blues roots covers.

A songwriter's songwriter, Sally has judged several contests to include Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC)

 "Sally's a treasure" (Gene Parsons, The Byrds)

"a gem" (Bob Harris, BBC) 

"Soulful and gritty" (Uncut, U.K)

RICH WARREN - WFMT radio in Chicago on Folk DJ listserve: "Our live 'Folkstage' artist was Sally Spring with her husband Ted Lyons. Wow, did she turn a lot of heads. Sensational voice, but even more impressive her unique style and phrasing. "

John Platt WFUV NYC: "Some of my favorite emerging artists, like Twilight Hotel, Sally Spring, Anthony DaCosta, Ellis, Jud Caswell, Eilen Jewell, Joe Crookston, and Joe Jencks did themselves proud."

Sally has "distinctive vocals and a commanding presence" (Maverick, UK),

Performances range from large festivals like the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival to the intimate setting of America's oldest folk club, Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Folk Alliance related Showcases:
Formal showcase for Folk Alliance International (multiple times)
a Featured Showcase for SERFA at Folk Alliance International Formal showcase - SERFA  (year it was in TN)
Formal, Tricentrics, and Quad showcases at NERFA

Formal Showcase at FARM
Folk DJ Showcase at NERFA

Raised in North Carolina, Sally Spring literally started singing even before she could even speak.  At 11 years old, she bought her first guitar, figured out open tunings on her own and accompanied herself on a local television appearance a mere six weeks after she started playing. She performed in college coffee houses soon after, traveling the country on a shoestring recording with and/or sharing the stage with many musicians including Gene Parsons of The Byrds, Doc Watson, Mama Cass, Rev. Gary Davis, Taj Mahal, Odetta, and Dave Van Ronk among many others.

Now many years later, Sally continues to perform at festivals, universities, house concerts and clubs wowing fans throughout the U.S. and Europe making "amazingly fresh music," as Relish magazine observes.

selected to perform in a special concert celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the prestigious No Depression Magazine.

Sally has recorded with several notable musicians including Gene Parsons (The Byrds), Marshall Crenshaw, Graham Maby (Natalie Merchant, Joe Jackson), Fred Smith (Television), Faye Hunter (Lets Active), Tift Merritt, and Caitlin Cary (formerly in Whiskeytown).

Some Folk Alliance member venues where they've performed:

 Folkstage at WFMT w/host Rich Warren in Chicago, IL,

Uncle Calvin's - Dallas, TX
Rouse House Concert - Houston, TX
Paul Barker's House Concert - Austin, TX
Hill Country House Concert - Boerne, TX
Wylie House Concert - Wylie, TX
Second Saturday Concerts - Houston, TX
Caffe Lena
John Platts "On Your Radar" & WFUV Radio show in NY,
Lilfest Presents Sunday Night Folk Concert Series,
Madison Square Park in NYC,
Two Way Street Coffee House,
2008 Kerrville Wine and Music Festival (selected by Dalis of the Kerrville Folk Festival),
Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, NJ
Arpies Powerful Women Series
Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase

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