For Amy Black, music is a passion that can come at any point in life. She’s been singing since a child, but didn’t formally pursue performance until about a year ago.

For Amy Black, music is a passion that can come at any point in life. She’s been singing since a child, but didn’t formally pursue performance until about a year ago.

“I have been singing all my life, and it has just always been a passion of mine. Most of the singing has been in church, and at weddings, I was in bands in college,” said Black, 36, a Groton resident who is married, works in marketing, and enjoys volleyball and spending time with her dog.

If it doesn’t sound like the life of a rock-and-roll rambler, that’s because Black said she, like many full-time professionals who pursue the arts in their spare time.

After posting a classified ad seeking other musicians, she said, “In the beginning, I was a little lost. I liked a lot of types of music.”

Through her ad she connected with some players, and enlisted the talents of her younger sister, Corrie, also a singer. Eventually they formed The Red Clay Rascals, with emphasis both on Black’s solo style and work as part of an ensemble.

A performance at the Five Star Open Mic at the Stagecoach Inn and Tavern in Groton led to a booking there last January.

A short while later, she played at J.P. O’Hanlon’s in Ayer, and another three week’s later. On Friday, they will be playing at the prestigious folk venue, the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.

The key to success? “I am definitely am a self promoter,” Black said. “I am really friendly. I enjoy talking with people… Every person you meet, who wants to hear you again, and loves your music, can bring people. One woman brought 11 people to a show.”

Her musical style reflects her heritage and the revitalization of so-called American roots music, with hints of blue grass, old country and gospel, hearkening to her upbringing – her father was a church minister.

Although it has brought her fulfillment, she wants to keep all the elements of her life in harmony.

Of her appreciative audience, she said,

“They realize I am not just doing this for Amy,” Black said. “I love this type of music. It has a lot of meaning to me.”

Amy Black and the Red Clay Rascals perform Friday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show. For more information, call 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190 or visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.

Margaret Smith can be reached at msmith@cnc.com.