We first saw Alice Wallace in Nashville on the advice of many of our music loving friends on the West Coast.  Even though Alice grew up in Florida, she now callls California home, and she has established herself as a standout songwriter and performer in the California Americana scene.  Alice has a beautiful voice that accentuates her wonderful lyrics.  Check out this video of Alice performing live: 

Alice Wallace Live!

Born in Los Angeles and raised in St. Cloud, Florida, Wallace developed an interest in music as a child. Her parents harmonized on country and folk tunes in the living room; her father was a semi-professional musician who toured regionally in the Southeast. As a girl, she joined her family at annual “bacchanalias” mounted by her father’s alma mater, Eckerd College, and became entranced by the events’ campfire-side hootenannies.

Taking up the guitar at 10 and returning to music in earnest at 15, Wallace 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 like Jewel, Alanis Morisette and Sarah McLachlan. She says of the latter musicians, “That’s why I picked up the guitar again and made a more serious attempt at playing and writing songs – I was so inspired by hearing female artists on the radio.”

Since then, Wallace’s musical tastes have gravitated toward the modern Americana scene with strong influence from artists like Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell, while also exploring more and more the sounds of 50s and 60s country from artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Willie Nelson. 

In late 2008, Wallace abandoned her Florida roots and her career in journalism and followed her family to Fullerton, California, where her mother, a Golden State native, had inherited a home. She began pursuing music full-time and touring widely in 2013.

Wallace’s new album was co-produced by Kirsten Proffit, of the attention-getting L.A. Americana trio CALICO the band, and Steve Berns, who also helmed Calico’s 2014 debut release Rancho California. Proffit and her band mate Aubrey Richmond contribute background vocals on Wallace’s record.