Jessica Speziale’s sultry blues sounds @ Horseshoe Tavern gig

An evening in the company of some amazing singer/songwriter women last night, as I met up with Arlene Paculan and Kat Leonard to hear Jessica Speziale at the Horseshoe Tavern (and I met Jessica at Meghan Morrison’s CMW gig at Velvet Underground).

Speziale and band played a tight set of mostly original blues tunes, with Speziale on acoustic guitar. Sultry, smooth vocals – that can bring it for the driving tunes (like Brace Yourself) and caress on the ballads (my fave Don’t Look Down) – this lady has a set of pipes on her. And her cover of Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason was awesome!

She’s backed up by a solid group of musicians (most of the same guys appear on her EP Dear Reverie, which I got a copy of last night), including Dave Sufrin (drums, Charlie Cooley on the EP), Luke Roberts (electric guitar), who I recognized from a Blue Venus gig at Cameron House a little while back, and Gabe Salem (bass), who in addition to being an amazing musician provided some nice back-up vocals. Photo courtesy of Arlene Paculan – thanks, Arlene!

Jessica Speziale is an artist to watch out for. Check out her website:


Author: life with more cowbell

Arts/culture social bloggerfly & Elwood P. Dowd disciple. Likes playing with words. A lot. Toronto

11 thoughts on “Jessica Speziale’s sultry blues sounds @ Horseshoe Tavern gig”

  1. I concur! A stiff, delicious drink this show was! Originals that rock and roll the soul and a band with a fun rapport. I had never “heard” Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason before last night, if you know what I mean. Last night I heard all the lyrics and was really moved by it! Great job by all! 😀

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