About Duval Speck
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Duval Speck have been writing and performing together since 1993,
playing their own jazzy/soul/folk-rock originals as well as classic cover
songs that cross the musical spectrum from blues to Broadway, pop favorites
to jazz standards, Motown to Steely Dan, Patsy Cline to The Beatles.
With award-winning lyricist Linda Duval on guitar/piano and vocals, and Cathy Speck's
exceptional and dynamic voice, they write original songs that span the breadth of
everyday life with poetic and powerful lyrics and refined vocal harmonies,
all with an engaging and humorous stage presence thrown in.
Duval Speck are the producers of the "Women's Music Nite" series that
features women artists from around the country, and have released one
critically-acclaimed CD, "Greeneye Blueeye" (Surreymoon Music, BMI),
a collection of 12 of their original songs.
A sampling of past performances and invitations include:
- The Palms, Davis
- Borders Books & Music
- Oprah Winfrey's "Oxygen Tank Tour"
- San Francisco Grizzly Bay Brewery & Restaurant, Suisun City
- ROCKERGRRL Music Conference, Seattle, WA
- The Winters Opera House
- Luna's Café, Sacramento
- The Whole Earth Festival
- Café Roma, Davis
- The Chancellor's Awards Committee Univ. of Calif, Davis
- California State Capitol Rally
- Fridays After Five
- Yolo County Fair
- East Bay Pride, Oakland
- Coffee Tavern, Long Beach
- The Swing Café, West Hollywood
- Picnic Day, University of California, Davis
What people have said about Duval Speck
"... a unique blend of musical magic...the regional favorites are known for memorable
original songs that span a wide range of diverse territory (and) for their humorous stage
presence and innovative musicianship... with daring, refined, sophisticated vocal harmonies
and the sound of an exquisite, unique guitar style...Duval Speck, well known to
local audiences, has been regarded as Davis' most enjoyable folk duo for years ...
Listening to them perform, it doesn't take long to appreciate that the depth
of their music, and the scope of their lyrics, range far beyond traditional folk-fodder."
The Davis Enterprise
"We love your CD! We played the whole thing..."
Frank Moore, Radio Luver.com
"Partners, songwriters, composers, performers, and production team, Linda Duval (rhymes with gal)
and Cathy Speck are immersed in a broad range of musical abilities and interests...."
"What could possibly be better that a vocal harmonist who can stretch the musical horizons of
folk, rock, blues, and Broadway? How about two vocal harmonists? Linda Duval and Cathy Speck
are the irresistible sounds of Duval Speck, a duo that specializes in nearly
everything...and then some."
recording artist Jamie Anderson
"...the disc is solid to the core and the listening experience is equally enjoyable...might
benefit from a raunchier guitar (but) the pair can worry about such things
when the bad ol' label execs are banging down their doors."
"Duval Speck focus on the many aspects of Life - and that's Life with a capital L...Duval Speck's
vocal harmonies are joyously tight and each singer has a strong and distinct voice.
Their original songs cross the spectrum from folk/rock to jazzy rhythm & blues...
Duval Speck is popular and well-known in the region..."
Margaret S. Burns
"The self-produced album offers tasteful, simple production showcasing the duo's core
sound of harmonies over acoustic guitar...a recording with which the artists, and their fans,
should be pleased." Valley Music News
"..the intriguing lyrics and strong technique in scoring made the number one which
could be enjoyed over and over again - a worthy candidate for a recorded single"
The Daily Democrat
"It would be a 'travesty of justice' and a 'crying shame' if you even thought
of missing ....Duval Speck in concert..."
"....an instant add-on to my collection...produced by Linda Duval, the arrangements
and production quality were well done on this album. Duval Speck's lyrical content
is both light-hearted and whimsical, yet making the listener feel venerable from
the emotional content."
"Their live performances are certainly a treat, and any music fan on your gift list
will appreciate this CD." MGW
"...Linda Duval and Cathy Speck have won a local following with their combination of
emotional frankness and heartfelt harmonies..."
Sacramento News & Review
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