The Songbirds Prepare for Benefit Show with Thad Cockrell and Mumford & Sons

The Songbirds’ fresh vocal harmonies and simply arranged Americana have earned Ashley Wells and Lisa Speck a spot in the hearts of Knoxville music fans since the pair first began performing covers at the Preservation Pub two years ago. Wells and Speck met in church and, after receiving encouragement from Knoxville’s local music community, decided to write and perform their own material. In preparation for their upcoming performance at the Square Room, Wells fills us in on what she’s recently had in rotation.

Thad Cockrell

To Be Loved (Yep Roc, 2009)

Thad has one of the best voices ever. I wish I could say something really smart and clever about him but there’s just no need, he is beyond talented.

Mumford & Sons

Sigh No More (Glassnote, 2010)

Every song on this album has such a full feeling to it, but there is still a simpleness which is something Lisa and I strive to achieve when we write songs for the Songbirds. I’m so excited to see this band when they come to town in November.

Sam Quinn and Japan 10

the fake that sunk 1,000 ships (Ramseur, 2010)

The Songbirds opened for Sam’s CD release here in Knoxville and it was so good I made the drive up to Bristol to see him the next night. Sam has a knack for making sad songs really enjoyable, which can be hard to do.

The Black Cadillacs

All Them Witches (Self-released, 2010)

The guys were kind enough to ask me to sing a couple of songs with them on this album and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Buy this album and catch a live show, you’ll have so much fun.

Ryan Adams

Cold Roses (Lost Highway, 2005)

This album is my favorite Ryan Adams album, as well as Lisa’s. Every song on this album is good. This is my perfect end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall album because it has that Americana sound that is upbeat but relaxes you at the same time.

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