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Super Speedy Update – My Kickstarter Halfway Point!

We’re halfway through my Kickstarter campaign…

Thursday Feb 8, 2018

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here’s a super speedy update!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! I hope you’ll pardon the mid-month update, but I am working on my 11th album, and I’m smack dab in the middle of my very first Kickstarter campaign! It has been a great experience, and I have been overwhelmed by your response so far. The deadline for reaching my goal is Feb 23, and I am already 83% there! I need help getting to the finish line and then finishing strong!

Here’s a little update about what we’ve been up to since we launched on Jan 25. 

kickstarter update - halfway through!

If you are so inclined and could share what I’m up to with friends and family on social media and such, I would appreciate it SO MUCH. And if you’re so inclined to join in on the campaign, well that would be awesome, too.

And if you have already pledged to the campaign and told all your friends, bless your heart and THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

Here is the direct link to my Kickstarter campaign for sharing:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bethwood/beth-wood-makes-her-11th-album

The scary part of doing this is that I can’t do it alone, but that’s also the beautiful part. 

Thank you for cheering me on and I can’t wait to share this new music with you! Your fan,

Beth

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

Feb newsy news and call to action!

February, so short and sweet…

Sunday Jan 28, 2018

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and yet so mighty.

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers – 2018 is rocking it!

My BIG NEWS of the moment is my Kickstarter campaign to help fund the completion and promotion of my 11th album! THANK YOU to all of you angels who have already pledged, and I hope you will scroll down and read more about how you can be a part of this project! 

Here’s where I will be Feb… more details below!

2/1 – Pilot’s Pub House Concerts – Spicewood, TX

2/2 – McKinney House Concerts – McKinney, TX

2/3 – Clear Creek Harbor House Concerts – League City, TX

2/9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

2/10 – Sycamore Creek House Concerts – Dripping Springs, TX

2/11 – Stallion Springs House Concerts – Fischer, TX

2/17 – Concerts at Our House – Seattle, WA w/Ara Lee

2/18 – Olympia House Concerts – Olympia, WA w/ Ara Lee 

1. GRATITUDE. Special thanks to these fine folks for making January so dang awesome: Joe Werne and all at Little Tree Acoustic Concerts, Chris & T & Gia, KGNU, Scott and all at Tsunami Books, Freddy & Francine, and Paul and Kristine friends.  

2. THE NEWS...The BIG NEWS of the hour is that I am making a new album!! This will be my 11th album (can you believe it!?!) and I have never been more excited about making something. I just launched my Kickstarter campaign and I could use your help! Here’s how it works:

Kickstarter is a fundraising platform for creative projects. 

I set a dollar amount goal that I would like to raise for a project, and we have 30 days to make that happen. 

I offer rewards for different amounts of money that you pledge. 

In May I will send those rewards to you (along with heaps of gratitude from my heart every day). 

If we do not reach the $ goal, your credit card will not be charged. So there’s no risk to you! 

The risk is on me to raise the money, and I believe that together we can do it! 

I launched my campaign this week, so we only have until Feb 23 to make it happen!

If you support my music and think you would like buy my 11th album, I ask that you’d consider doing that now through Kickstarter! For as little as $10 you can buy a digital copy of the album, and help me out in a big way at the same time! If you like fun rewards, I hope you’ll consider contributing to my Kickstarter campaign at $25 or higher! Directly from me to you, I’m offering signed copies of the new CD, hand-written lyrics, my new poetry book, giant batches of my mom’s homemade granola (made by me), a skype session, a house concert, and more fun stuff! And the best news of all is you don’t have to give money to contribute to this campaign. A powerful way to contribute is to share with friends and family about my project and this campaign. Facebook, Twitter, email, in person over coffee…all of these are great ways to spread the word. If you can pledge AND spread the word, well that would be downright amazing.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT MY NEW ALBUM AND MY KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

AND HERE IS THE LINK FOR SHARING: 

For twenty years, you have shown up, cheered me on, read my newsy news, brought your friends to shows, hugged me at the merch table, and graciouly and generously made me part of the soundtrack of your lives. I could not be more grateful. Now we get to make something beautiful together. More music for your soundtrack!

In other news, Ara Lee and I were so honored to perform our song NASTY WOMAN at the Denver Women’s March! We had a great visit to KGNU in Boulder for some conversation and early morning live performance. And here is a video from the march if you’re feeling nasty and you want to check it out.!

nasty woman - ara lee and beth wood - denver women's march

Also, if you haven’t seen the offical video it’s awesome! 

nasty woman - ara lee, with beth wood  (official music video)

Here’s a RANDOM QUESTION…is there anyone in Iowa or within driving distance of Des Moines that might be interested in hosting a house concert on Friday, March 2? I’m playing Des Moines on Saturday, and it sure would be lovely to play another show while I’m out there! If you’ve got any ideas, please send them my way @ bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com!

And finally, I’m heading to Texas!! It’s been too long without margaritas and queso. I hope you’ll come see me at one of these beautiful places…


3. FEBRUARY SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

2/1 – Pilot’s Pub House Concerts – Spicewood, TX. For details, text or call Dana at 512-789-1221. $15. 7 pm. 

2/2 – McKinney House Concerts – McKinney, TX. A lovely house concert in McKinney hosted by John Wynn. For reservations, please call 972-832-1646. $15 suggested donation. Gathering at 7, music at 7:30 pm.

2/3 – Clear Creek Harbor House Concerts – League City, TX. For reservations, email njhindman1@gmail.com. Open to the public. $15-$20 suggested donation. Meet and Greet is from 6-7PM. Concert begins at 7:00 PM.

2/9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX. 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy 77). 979-968-9944. The Bugle Boy is an intimate concert hall housed in a World War II army barracks located in La Grange, Texas. Once doors opened in January of 2005, The Bugle Boy became one of the premier listening rooms in the country. In addition to wonderful music, the Bugle Boy is a NON-SMOKING establishment and offers coffee, assorted teas, fine wines and beer. Best little listening room in Texas! All ages welcome. $20. Doors at 7 pm/music at 8 pm. 

2/10 – Sycamore Creek House Concerts – Dripping Springs, TX. Sycamore Creek House Concerts are held in a building lovingly constructed for the appreciation of music and those who make it.  Our first concert was held in September 2008 to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.   Since that first concert the “barn” has been the site of numerous concerts and has been filled with 100’s of appreciative listeners.  100% of the donations go to the artists.For reservations, contact Thomas at SycamoreCreekConcerts@gmail.com. $20 suggested donation. 7 pm. 

2/11 – Stallion Springs House Concerts – Fischer, TX. By invitation only. With the great Tom Faulkner. $20 suggested donation.

2/17 – Concerts at Our House – Seattle, WA. w/Ara Lee. Ara Lee and Beth Wood duo show! Please email email house.concerts@comcast.net for info. $25 suggested donation. Doors at 7, Music at 8.

2/18 – Olympia House Concerts – Olympia, WA. w/ Ara Lee. Ara Lee & Beth Wood bring their harmonies to Olympia Acoustic Concerts! 3:30 gathering/4 pm music.  

Here’s our coffee-feuled performance at KGNU in Boulder…thanks, Indra for the great conversation!


a little peek behind the stage at the Denver Women’s March!


Game on, nasties!


OHMYGOSH y’all, Freddy & Francine sang on my new album this week, woop! 


ohmygosh we had so much fun singing together at Tsunami Books! i’m planning on becoming the third member of their duo very soon and they’re cool with it. 🙂


and this is me pushing the launch button for my Kickstarter. Yep, I’ll admit it’s kinda scary putting it all out there, but it’s even scarier to imagine not making this album. 🙂


4. THE FUTURE… I am SO excited for what this year will bring! I’m excited for all of the support you guys have shown me, and I’m thrilled that I will get to share some new music with you soon. Also poetry book #2 is being printed right now! After some careful proofreading, it will be ready to share with the world! 

Thank you so much for stepping up and supporting my Kickstarter campaign, for telling your friends, for coming to shows, for hosting concerts. I couldn’t do this without you and I am SO grateful. Hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood
 

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE

Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

Mar 4 – Aurora Chorus Concert for International Womens Day – Portland, OR w/Ara lee

Mar 9 – Private Event – Waupaca, WI

Mar 10 – Bluff View House Concerts – Holmen, WI

Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN

Mar 17 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR w/Tom Faulkner

Mar 18 – Songwriter Series House Concerts – Bend, OR w/Tom Faulkner

Mar 23 – Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA

Mar 24 – Singing Workshop @ Dusty Strings – Seattle, WA

Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

Apr 19 & 20 – Songsmith School – Brevard, NC

Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concerts – Auburn, AL

May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL

May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA

SPECIAL NEWSY ANNOUNCEMENT!!

 

Testing one, two, three…announcing

Wednesday Jan 24, 2018

icon My first Kickstarter campaign!!
Greetings friends and fellow music lovers – today is the day!

I am very excited to announce the launch of my Kickstarter campaign for my 11th album, to be released in late spring 2018!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

Kickstarter is a fundraising platform for creative projects.

I set a dollar amount goal that I would like to raise for a project, and we have 30 days to make that happen.

I offer awesome rewards for different amounts of money that you pledge.

In May I will send those rewards to you (along with heaps of gratitude from my heart every day).

If we do not reach the $ goal, your credit card will not be charged. So there’s no risk to you! If we do reach the goal, then you have just helped me make a new album!!

The risk is on me to raise the money, and I believe that together we can do it!

HERE’S WHAT I’M ASKING:

If you support my music and think you would like buy my 11th album, I ask that you’d consider doing that now through Kickstarter! For as little as $10 you can buy a digital copy of the album, and help me out in a big way at the same time!

If you like fun rewards, I hope you’ll consider contributing to my Kickstarter campaign at $25 or higher! Directly from me to you, I’m offering signed copies of the new CD, hand-written lyrics, my new poetry book, giant batches of my mom’s homemade granola (made by me), a skype session, a house concert, and more fun stuff!

And the best news of all is you don’t have to give money to contribute to this campaign. If you’re strapped for cash, I hear ya! You don’t need cash to help. A powerful way to contribute is to share with friends and family about my project and this campaign. Facebook, Twitter, email, in person over coffee…all of these are great ways to spread the word.

If you can pledge AND spread the word, well that would be downright amazing.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT MY NEW ALBUM AND MY KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

AND HERE IS THE LINK FOR SHARING:

HERE’S WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO:

For twenty years, you have shown up, cheered me on, read my newsy news, brought your friends to shows, hugged me at the merch table, and graciouly and generously made me part of the soundtrack of your lives. I could not be more grateful. Now we get to make something beautiful together. More music for your soundtrack!

LET’S DO THIS!!! 

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

This is me pressing the launch button!!!

 

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December Newsy News and also cute dogs.

December is already here!?

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

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Greetings friends and fellow music lovers! I can’t believe December is here! Here is what’s happening this month…I’m gonna try and keep it short and sweet. As always I hope you’ll scroll down for musings, show details, random photos, and a look at what the future holds. (Thanks so much, Jake Jacobson for the photo!)

Dec 1 – North County Recreation District Theater – Nehalem, OR

Dec 2 – The CAPE House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Dec 8 – Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center – Eugene, OR

Dec 9 – Artichoke Holiday Concert – Portland OR

Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR

Dec 31 – First Night Tacoma – Tacoma, WA

1. GRATITUDE. Tis the season for giving thanks indeed. I am deeply grateful to these fine folks for helping to make November so wonderful…Bill & Pat and my Albany family – Jim & Gordon, Neil & Lynn, Colleen & Eric for taking such good care of me. Thanks to Matt and all at Club Passim, Jess Klein, all at the University Club and the Albany Pump Station, Tara and crew at Burlap and Bean and Heather Mae, Connor Garvey and all at Signature Sounds, everyone at NERFA, the Schultz family and friends, Robert & Tricia, the Hoffmans and friends, Bob Howard and all at Open Door at Ascension, Anna Tivel, and Mark & Jeanne and all at Olympia Acoustic Concerts!

2. THE NEWS…The big news is that we started recording a new album this week! Tyler Fortier is at the helm producing and we’ve got Milo Fultz on bass and Jeramy Burchett on drums with many more special guest stars to come. We’ve taken over The Rye Room here in Portland for a few days to lay down the bones of what will be my 11th album. I still can’t believe it! And I can’t wait to share it with you soon.

Speaking of The Rye Room, I got to be a part of their video series they do in partnership with Vortex Music Magazine recently. Check out these two sparkly new videos! And thank you Vortex Music Magazine for this lovely write-up

the rye room sessions - beth wood

the rye room sessions - beth wood

And finally, a huge announcement: a dream of several years is finally coming true! My friend John Felty and his company Mountainsong Productions are putting on The Songsmith Gathering, the first ever songwriters’ festival at the beautiful Brevard Music Center in NC on April 21, 2018. I am beyond thrilled and cannot WAIT for this to unfold – it has been years in the making! Not only do I get to share the stage with AMAZING artists like The Wood Brothers, Darrell Scott, Sarah Siskind, Nicki Bluhm, Greg Brown, Clint Roberts and more, but the bonus is that I get to co-lead Songsmith School, a two-day songwriting workshop with the great Sarah Siskind in the days leading up to the festival. WHAT!?!??! My head is exploding in the best possible way. The southeast in April is a delight.. won’t you join us?Â

3. DECEMBER SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Fri, Dec 1 – North County Recreation District Theater – Nehalem, OR. 36155 9th Street. 855.444.627). BW will share her music in the NCRD’s newly remodeled 200 seat Performing Arts Center. Tickets: In advance $8 plus ticket fee, at the door $12 plus ticket fee. Purchase at NCRD Welcome Center (open Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5:30 pm), online at www.tickettomato.com & at the door. All ages welcome. 7:30 pm.Â

Sat, Dec 2 – The CAPE House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR. Private house concert.

Tue, Dec 5 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA. 216 Union Street. 206-838-4333. Doors open and dinner service begins 90 minutes prior to showtime. All Ages. $14 Advance // $18 Day of . Opening for northwest troubadour John Craigie. 7:30 pm.

Fri, Dec 8 – Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center – Eugene, OR. Hosted by Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette, 541-345-8986. Please join the Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group for an evening of community, celebration and song to benefit Egan Warming Center! A requested donation of $5-$20 goes entirely to Egan Warming Center. Donations of clean warm hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, socks, pillows and toiletries will be greatly appreciated! All are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Music by Cross Current, Jeffrey Martin, Laura Golden, Della Perry, Do Mi Stauber, Rosie Huck, Willie McEachern, Stacy Henly, Curt Masterson, John Shipe, Rene Minz, Bob Brasted, Kathy Marshall, Dave Taylor, Anna Tivel, BW and more! 7:30 pm. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Sat, Dec 9 – Artichoke Holiday Concert – Portland OR. 2007 SE Powell Blvd. BW hosts the holiday fundraiser concert and celebration and sock drive at beloved Artichoke Music! Performers will be: Alexa McDonald and Gary Furlow, Richey Bellinger, Dale Jones and Ann Heyen, Anne Weiss and the Everyone Welcome Community Choir, Alexa Wiley, Kelly Brighwell and Woody Moran (Radio Stranger), Ed Haynes, Adrian Martin, Matt Meighan and BW. $15. Donations of clean and gently used or new socks requested! 8 pm. All are welcome.

Sun, Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR. At Artichoke Music – 2007 SE Powell Blvd. The beauty of a well-written song comes from a unique point of view expressed in a personal way. In this workshop, we’ll help you express your own truth in song by giving you tools to enhance your creativity and hone your craft. Focus on lyric writing. We will do lots of writing, voluntary sharing, and respectful listening. Participants will come away with fresh inspiration, song ideas, and tools for starting and finishing songs. Space is limited. For details & registration: matt@mattmeighan.com or www.artichokemusic.com. $80. 10 am – 4 pm.Â

Sun, Dec 31 – First Night Tacoma – Tacoma, WA. First Night is Tacoma’s New Year’s Eve festival, an all-ages family friendly celebration held in Downtown Tacoma’s Theater District. A celebration of arts fueled by the spirit of creativity, friendship and the pure joy of being alive. Evening festivites begin at 6:30 with the world’s shortest parade. Followed promptly by over a dozen stages of music, arts and entertainment. Buttons cost $10 – $12 each. Children age 10 and under are free. Day of event, price goes up to $15 each.For full information about artists, community supported activities, and button supported activities go to www.firstnighttacoma.org BW plays at 7:45 pm. Venue TBA. Â

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and now for some random photos…

it was so dreamy to walk around Harvard Square and then see this…

this bad-ass woman Heather Mae rocked the house at Burlap and Bean!

check it out…nasty minds think alike! Thank you mini-cooper Bill for saving this article for me from the Troy newspaper!

sunset pic from the mini-cooper. My friend Erik Balkey pointed out that it looks like an upside down guitar with the power lines as strings. hmmmm…

aw man the Schultz family knows how to make a traveling soul feel welcome!

and they were even taking care of me as I drove away… #luckygirl

oh what fun we had at the Open Door at Ascension! Anna Tivel always soothes my soul. Thank you Elizabeth Campbell for the photos! 

and look who I found!! Magic is all around us! My friend Gentle Thunder blessed us with her magical flute playing and coyote magic and presence!

Wowza! what fun we had at Olympia Acoustic Concerts AND my friend Terry Holder and I were so honored to get our names on wine glasses!

And what newsy newsletter would be complete without road pups? ohmyGAWD there was so much cuteness in Nov I can barely stand it. Y’all meet…in no particular order of  supreme cuteness…Parker, Cyrus, Emma, Ruby, Lucy and Mitchell. 

Super excited for another caldera group concert/benefit for Egan warming center!!

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4. THE FUTURE…ahhhh I look forward to a break from the road in my immediate future! I hope you get some rest and respite during this holiday season. Time to turn inward and pay attention to the urge to slow down. Time to give thanks for all blessings. I am excited for a new poetry book and a new album in 2018 and seeing where those creative endeavors take me. I’m excited to explore deeper collaborations with musical friends. I’m excited to expand on the work I’m doing with the new management team.Â

Above all I wish you peace and abundance in the new year. Thank you for your enduring support and encouragement! With deep gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

Down the road a piece…

Jan 25 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

Feb 2 – TBA – TX

Feb 3 – Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts – League City, TX

Feb 9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

Feb 10 – Sycamore Creek Concerts – Dripping Springs, TX

Feb 11 – Stallion Springs Concerts – Fischer, TX

Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

Mar 4 – Aurora Chorus Concert for International Womens Day – Portland, OR

Mar 10 – Bluff House Concerts – Holmen, WI

Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN

Mar 17 – Artichoke Music w/Tom Faulkner – Portland, OR

Mar 18 – Songwriter Series House Concert w/Tom Faulkner – Bend, OR

Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

Apr 2 – Songwriters in the Round at O’Connor’s – Portland, OR

Apr 19-21 – Songsmith School- Brevard, NC

Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

November Newsy News!

 

Break out the fuzzy slippers…

Monday, Oct 30, 2017

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thanks David Lamote for this photo from Cary Theater sound check!

Greetings friends and fellow music lovers! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful autumn. The season is rolling right along and there are so many fun things coming up in November! Here’s what’s happening at a glance. As usual, I hope you will scroll down for gratitude, news, random musings and photos, and show details. If you’re new to my email list, welcome! You’ll notice I use a ton of exclamation points…I just can’t help myself. 🙂

Wed, Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge MA

Thu, Nov 2 – Albany Pump Station – Albany NY

Fri, Nov 3 – University Club – Albany NY

Sat, Nov 4 -  Burlap and Bean – West Chester PA

Wed, Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton MA

Thu, Nov 9 – NERFA Conference – Stamford CT

Fri, Nov 10 – NERFA Conference – Stamford CT

Sat, Nov 11 – Private Event – West Chester PA

Sun, Nov 12 – House Concert – Annapolis MD

Sat, Nov 18 Open Door @ Ascension – Portland OR

Sun, Nov 19 Olympia Acoustic Concerts – Olympia, WA

1. GRATITUDE…A very  big thank you to all these kick-ass folks for making October so wonderful…Mark & Jeanne, Jeanette, Janet and all at FAR West, Norm and all at Concerts in the Woods, Paul Brainerd and everyone at Music Melinnium, James & Karen Casto, the Lamotte family, Chris Rosser & David Lamotte, David & Julie, Ara Lee & Josh Sales & Ericka Heidrick & everyone invovled in the Nasty Woman video premiere, The Half Hearted, The White Eagle, Paul & Maggie and all at Underground Oasis, Lee & Shiela and everyone at the gallery show, Jamie Stillway, Christopher Hayes, Katherine Cooke & KGW News, Matt & Milo & Bryan and all at the Rye Room Sessions, Mark & Lynn & Chuck & Stacy at the Schorn Barn!

2. THE NEWS…Just in cast you missed it, last week we released the video of “Nasty Woman,” the woment’s empowerment anthem that Ara Lee and I co-wrote with Jen Hajj! It has created a flurry of activity online and in our local media with over 15,000 views on YouTube. The video is such a powerful piece of art created by Josh Sales and Ericka Heidrick. We had over 50 people volunteer their time and talents to make this song and video! All profits from the download of the song are going to our local chapter of Planned Parenthood. We are working furiously to get this in front of as many eyes and ears as possible. Please watch, share, and tag everyone you know who you think would be moved by it!!

ara lee (ft. beth wood) - nasty woman (official music video)

And click here to check out  my interview and this news story by our local channel KGW!

This week I got to film two songs for The Rye Room Sessions, a video series created by Rye Room studio owner Matt Greco here in Portland. They produce really beautiful videos, and I got to sing “The Hard Way” solo and “The Long Road” with my friends Milo Fultz on upright bass and Bryan Daste on pedal steel. Be still my heart! I can’t wait to share these videos with you. (check out this one by my friend Anna Tivel who has a beautiful new album called “Small Believer”.)

the rye room sessions - anna tivel

NEW ALBUM UPDATE: I went down to Eugene last week to meet with Tyler Fortier and work on some pre-production and song selection. We have a plan and it is exactly what I was hoping for. I have booked studio time at The Rye Room for the last week in November and we have lined up some amazing players. It’s happening!! Stay tuned for how you can be involved in the making of my 11th album!!

I am SO exicted for my northeast tour coming up! It has been way too long since I’ve played up there. I can’t wait to see some beautiful autumn leaves (if they’re still there), reconnect with old friends and connect with new ones, get lost on windy roads that change names randomly, and pay lots of tolls, HA! But seriously, I am very excited for my first time playing at legendary Club Passim in Boston sharing the evening with Jess Klein. Another new venue to me will be The Parlor Room in Northamtpom where I get to share the evening with Connor Garvey. And I am stoked to return to the beautiful listening room Burlap and Bean with Heather Mae. I can’t wait to return to one of my favorite places Albany and play house concerts in West Chester and Annapolis. And I am very excited to be playing a formal showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. It’s gonna be jam-packed!

Then when I return home I get to play two of the sweetest listening rooms I know…The Open Door @ Ascension in Portland and Olympia Acoustic Concerts. Somebody pinch me! Details below..

3. NOVEMBER SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Wed, Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge MA. 47 Palmer Street.The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both performers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music community.  We do so through our legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and international artists.  Our ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of our community. $20/$18. All ages welcome. Co-bill with Jess Klein! 8 pm.

Thu, Nov 2 – Albany Pump Station – Albany NY. 19 Quackenbush Square. Join us for a beer and a free fireside concert at 7 pm!

Fri, Nov 3 – University Club – Albany NY. BW will perform a very special concert in the Living Room of the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. Guests are invited to enjoy dinner and drinks at the U. Club beginning at 5:30 p.m.  This event is open to the public and presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc.  One need not be a member of the University Club to attend. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.  Advance tickets are available at http://www.universityclubalbany.com. Reservations may be made by prepaying online, or by calling the Club at 518-463-1151. Due to a generous sponsorship, 100% of ticket sales will benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, which was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. 

Sat, Nov 4 -  Burlap and Bean – West Chester PA. 204 South Newtown St. Rd. 484-427-4547. Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square is transformed from a cozy cafe into an intimate listening room each weekend. $15. Advance tickets at burlapandbean.com. With Heather Mae. 8 pm.

Wed, Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton MA. 32 Masonic St. Signature Sound Presents @ The Parlor Room in Northampton is an artist-and-audience-friendly listening room/performance space. It’s closely connected and run by the folks at Signature Sounds Recordings, one of the world’s premiere record labels for folk/roots/americana/indie/rock, home to such artists as Chris Smither, Lake Street Dive, Caroline Herring, Winterpills, Josh Ritter, Amy Rigby, Erin Mckeown, Kris Delmhorst and many, many more… BYOB (wine & beer only)! Plus, pie and beverages by The Florence Pie Bar in the back. Co-bill with Connor Garvey! 7 pm doors, 7:30 pm music.

Thu, Nov 9 & Fri Nov 10 – NERFA Conference – Stamford CT. NERFA is the Northeast Regional afiliate of Folk Alliance International www.folkalliance.org. Our goal is to provide opportunities for our members to network regionally and advance the overall mission of Folk Alliance International. Here’s my showcase schedule…

 

Sat, Nov 11 – Private Event – West Chester PA. 

Sun, Nov 12 – House Concert – Annapolis MD. Hosted by the Hoffmans family. Please email Krissy at kriscourt [AT] hotmail.com for info and reservations. $15-$20 suggested donation. 5:30 gathering/6:30 music.

Sat, Nov 18 Open Door @ Ascension – Portland OR. 1823 SW Spring St. Welcome to the Open Door Songwriter Dinner! The dinner is a monthly potluck open to the community where our parish invites local musicians to share music. Potluck dinner when doors open at 5:30 pm. Bring a dish to share and a bottle of wine. Music starts at 6:30 pm. RSVPs requested. Seating limited to 50 persons. Please call or email Bob at rthoward [AT] me.com or 503-806-2625. Suggested donation is $15.00 per person. The event is all ages. Families with children are welcome. With the great Anna Tivel!

Sun, Nov 19 – Olympia Acoustic Concerts – Olympia, WA. Olympia Acoustic Music is a house concert series bringing outstanding nationally touring singer/songwriters to Olympia. All concert donations (suggested donation: $20) go directly to support the artists. Performances are intimate and seat about 25 people at our house with a lovely view of Budd Bay. We serve potluck refreshments; most people bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage to share. Each show provides the audience with an opportunity to meet and interact with the performers. ?Olympia??? Acoustic Music is the name we choose to describe the concerts in our private home. This is not a business or a business related activity. It is strictly a hobby for us – gatherings of friends and guests to enjoy live acoustic music, food and fun. Because seating is limited, advanced reservations are necessary for all concerts. For more information, email olymusic [AT] comcast.net. 4 pm.

 

It was so much fun to present the Best of the West award to Brad Tisdel and the Sisters Folk Festival at the FAR-West conference! Here’s me & Benji Nagel backing up Brad on one of his songs…

Oh how beautiful it was in Coyle, WA..population approx 200…where Norm hosts concerts at their community center.

A little pre-game sillliness with my buddies David Lamotte & Chris Rosser!

It was such a magical night at the Cary Theater! My favorite parts were singing David’s song that he wrote with Wes Collins “You May Do That” and Chris’s song “The Laundromat Song.” It’s kinda emotional when you cover one of your musical hero’s songs and he is standing right there! And then there are two of them!

Look out, world!

This picture captures all the joy and passion and comraderie that have been there all along in the making of the “Nasty Woman” recording and video. The world premiere concert was over the top amazing!!

It was such an amazing group of Portland musicians who blew the roof off of the Old Church!

Check out this beautiful art gallery concert in Phoenix! It was a wonderful night and the walls told stories.

Cutting up with Ara Lee while being interviewed for Inessa Anderson’s podcast on The Portland Radio Project!

What a wonderful afternoon of conversation and sisterhood. Thank you Inessa Anderson and Teri Briggs for making it happen!

Anybody want a ride to the  barn concert?

Inside the Schorn Barn in Kingston, WA where magic still exists…

Oh my goodness would you look at this face?? This is Elvis from Underground Oasis house concerts and it’s a good thing he wouldn’t fit in my suitcase.

I know you won’t believe this but somehow I ended up on the floor with Moo Moo at our friends David & Julie’s house!

 

4. THE FUTURE…I am beyond thrilled to be recording a new album starting on Nov 27!! It is a dream come true to be working at The Rye Room here in Portland with the great Tyler Fortier and the best players around. We will be working in a way that is new to us and I think it will prove to be magical. I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

We are on track for poetry book # 2 to come out at the end of this year! December will be jam packed for the first two weeks, and then it will be time for rest. I love taking time in the winter for stillness and reflection and recovery.

Renee and I are hard at work building an awesome tour calendar for next year. Lemme hear from ya at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com if there are any places you’d like to see me play! I always love hearing from you.

As always I am infinitely grateful for you and your support of my creative dreams. I hope to see you out there on the road! Cheers and thanks from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

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Down the road a piece…

Dec 1 – North County Rec District Theater – Nehalem, OR

Dec 2 – The Cape House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Dec 9 – Artichoke Holiday Concert – Portland, OR

Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR

Jan 25 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

Feb 3 – Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts – League City, TX

Feb 9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

Feb 10 – Sycamore Creek Concerts – Dripping Springs, TX

Feb 11 – Stallion Springs Concerts – Fischer, TX

Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

Special Announcement: Video Release of NASTY WOMAN!

Hold on to your hats…
icon The NASTY WOMAN video is here!!
Hello there friends and fellow music lovers!

This is just a quick announcement to let you know that the video for the song that Ara Lee and I wrote “Nasty Woman” is finally here! We are trying to launch this into the world and hoping it will take flight! In 24 hours it already has over 2,100 youtube views, woop!

What if we all banded together to get this out into the world? This is our rallying cry! If you feel so inclined, PLEASE watch, SHARE the video on social media, please send to all your friends who you think might like it. Let’s raise our voices!

Also if you like it and want to groove to it in your living room at will, you can go to iTunes or Bandcamp and download this song. ALL PROFITS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF THIS SONG go to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette!!!  Click below to watch!

ara lee (ft. beth wood) - nasty woman (official music video)

To share the video, copy and paste: https://youtu.be/llHsTu2vveI

To download from Bandcamp: https://aralee.bandcamp.com/track/nasty-woman

To download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nasty-woman-single/id1292392446?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Ara Lee and I wrote this song in January with the help of the great Jen Hajj; we debuted it on Cayamo in February, and we have been working hard on it ever since. The amazing filmmaker Josh Sales exceeded our wildest dreams and producer Ericka Heidrick helped it come to fruition. All the musicians on the recording and all the people in video donated their time. Nia Studio in Portland donated the space for the video shoot. And on Saturday we celebrated the lauch with a jam-packed concert featuring many of the folks who took part in the recording. It has been an absolute joy and wonder to watch it come together, largely through the sheer force of will that is Ara Lee. Thank you Ara for birthing this project and for helping me articulate my feelings and raise my voice. Thank you Jenn Hajj for helping is write it. Thank you Josh Sales and Ericka Tyche Heidrick for an amazing piece of art. Thank you to all the musicians and who donated their time and talents. Thank you to all who participated in the video shoot. Thank you to all who celebrated the video premiere with us on Saturday night!

And thank YOU for cheering me on and help;ing us spread the word. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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October’s newsy news is here…and it smells like pumpkins.

 

Well hello there, October…

Tuesday Oct 3, 2017

icon you smell like pumpkins.
thank you Bev Chapman for the photo from Lake City Uncorked Festivall!

Greetings friends and fellow music lovers – and happy fall! The trees are starting to show their colors and the air is getting crisp..can’t believe October is already here!

Here’s what’s happening this month. As always I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, show details, random pics and musings. Hope to see you out there!

Thu Oct 5-Sat Oct 7 – FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA

Sat Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle WA

Mon Oct 9 – Music Melinnium – Portland, OR w/Ara Lee & Paul Brainerd

Fri Oct 13 – Cary Theatre – Cary, NC w/David Lamotte & Chris Rosser

Sat Oct 14 – The Old Church – Portland, OR (Nasty Woman video release celebration/fundraiser for Planned Parenthood)

Tue Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR w/The Half Hearted

Fri Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ

Sat Oct 21 – Private Event – Phoenix, AZ

Sat Oct 28 – Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA

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1. GRATITUDE…Special thanks to all these folks for making September so wonderful: Janis, Diane and Mike and all at Juniper Jam, Brad and the Sisters Folk Festival family, all at the Americana Song Academy, Kristen and Bruce Hayes and all at Lake City Uncorked Wine and Music Festival, Ann & Bop, Bob Heminger, Courtney & Michelle and all a Big River Music, David Stoddard, Wendy & Dean & Stacey and friends, Jan & Barb and friends, Michael and all at A Center for the Arts, Dylan and all at Warming House, and Ray & Connie and friends!

A special gratitude shout out to everyone at the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy. As some of you know, the festival was canceled this year due to extremely poor air quality from wildire smoke. We had two wonderful days at the song academy and then had to wrap up camp early for the same reason. I want to thank all the camp staff and instructors and participants for being so understanding, and the SFF for doing the hard work of making that decision and dealing with the aftermath. We will be back next year doubly strong, woop!!

2. THE NEWS…October is jam packed with good things! I’m excited to head to the FAR-West Folk Alliance conference in Bellevue, and to cap off the trip with my first visit to Coyle, WA, a community only accessibe by ferry, for a concert at their community center!Â

And there are a couple of bucket list things coming up! Firstly, on October 14, my dear friend Ara Lee and many Portand musicians and I will celebrate the debut of the “Nasty Woman” single and video by playing a fundraising concert for the Northwest Chapter of Planned Parenthood! The engine behind this song and this entire effort is the amazing Ara Lee whose talent and charisma are too expansive to contain. Ara dreamed up the seed of this song as a reflexive response to the misogyny and ugliness of last year’s presidential campaign, and we wrote it together with our friend Jen Hajj. After it was hatched and we had so much fun singing it, we dreamed of making something good out of the ugliness. Ara has led the effort to engage Planned Parenthood and this concert will be their fall fundraiser! All of the proceeds from this concert as well as the download of the song will go to support women’s health care. Because it is PP’s official fundraiser, tickets are pretty pricey, but we have secured a limited number of discounted tickets at $20. If you would like to attend and would like access to discounted tickets, please email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com and we will make it happen. This is an all-star cast of Portland musicians, all of whom played on the recorded version of “Nasty Woman”. Performers will include Bre Gregg, Marilyn Keller, Shelly Rudolph, Sarah Clarke, Paul Brainerd, Dan Gildea and more! Here is the amazing poster — I hope you can join us!

And if you can’t join us, the song will be available for download on Oct 13, so stay tuned for that!

Here’s a little preview and a little background about the song from Ara Lee, captured by Portland Musicians Rising Up

nasty woman on rise up!

When I was dreaming of how to celebrate my 20th year in music, I knew I had to play with two of my good friends and mentors and big brothers in song Chris Rosser and David Lamotte. My friendship with both of these amazing humans has meant so much to me ever since I moved to Brevard at the beginning of my career and they adopted me as a little sister. So when the opportunity came up to play a show with Chris and David promoted by one of my favorite people, David Sardinha, at one of my favorite venues, The Cary Theater, I had to say yes! I am so excited to celebrate with them on Oct 13!

As I am rounding out this 20 years in music, I still can’t believe how lucky I am to get to do what I love. It is not an easy road but it is an amazing life and I couldn’t be more grateful. Releasing 20 songs this year has been such a fun endeavor, and it has made me realize that I have another album brewing. I want to do things differently this time. I have never been more ready. Look for a big announcement soon about those plans and how you can be a part of it!Â

3. OCTOBER SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

Thu Oct 5-Sat Oct 7 – FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA. Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) is the western regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International that hosts an annual four day conference open to artists, presenters and supporters. FAR-West’s ongoing mission is to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the West. You must be registered for the conference to attend most events, but for music supporters who are unable to attend the full FAR-West 2017 Conference, there are a limited number of Showcase and Storytelling passes. Passes can be obtained by clicking here. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040307

Here’s my private showcase schedule:

Sat Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle WA. Concert info: 360-765-3449. 14 miles out on the end of the beautiful Toandos Peninsula sits the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center operated by the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation District and the citizens of the Toandos Peninsula. Concerts are for all ages, featuring the best of folk, Americana, singer/songwriter, Appalachian, bluegrass, Celtic, blues, country and more! Admission is by donation. Complimentary cookies and coffee are served at intermission. Please join us. 7:30 pm. Suggested donation $10-$15.

Mon Oct 9 – Music Melinnium – Portland, OR. 3158 E Burnside St. Free in-store performance with Ara Lee & Paul Brainerd in support of the release of “Nasty Woman”! 8 pm.

Fri Oct 13 – Cary Theatre – Cary, NC. 122 E Chatham St. David Sardinha and Six String Presents specialize in presenting live music at select venues from the best in singer songwriters, blues, bluegrass, country, folk and acoustic music. At The Cary Theater, 122 East Chatham Street . 919-378-1192. Songwriters in the round with the great David Lamotte and Chris Rosser! All ages. 8 pm.Â

Sat Oct 14 – The Old Church – Portland, OR (Nasty Woman video release celebration/fundraiser for Planned Parenthood). Join us for the World Premiere of the Ara Lee single and music video “Nasty Woman” (recorded and filmed in Portland, OR) with performances from many of the artists that participated in the recording! All profits from the download of the song and ticket sales from this event will be donated to PPCW. This electric event will feature a cocktail hour, two 50-minute sets from the performers who played on the song, as well as the premiere of the music video. Co-writers Ara Lee and Beth Wood will be joined by local favorites Marilyn T. Keller, Bre Gregg, Shelly Rudolph, Paul Brainard, Dan Gildea, and more! $20-$75. Ticket info here: http://tinyurl.com/y9t4k3rj. There are a limited number of discounted tickets, so please email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com if you are interested. Ticket price includes bar and appetizers. 7 pm.Â

Tue Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR. 836 N Russell St. 503-282-6810. BW opens for the Half Hearted! 21 and over. 8 pm.Â

Fri Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ. For reservations, please contact Paul at paulpfaffenberger [AT] yahoo.com. $20 suggested donation.Â

Sat Oct 21 – Private Event – Phoenix, AZ.

Sat Oct 28 – Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA. RSVP to concertsatthebarn [AT] gmail.com . Suggested donation $20per person (all proceeds go to the artist). Social hour is from 6:00-7:00pm, please bring an appetizer/dish and drink to share.Â

ohmygosh check out this amazing line-up of the instructor performances at Americana Song Academy…so dreamy!


here’s the whole Americana Song Academy crew…super hardy, brave, and generous folks…can’t wait for next year!


one of my favorite moments from song camp was getting to sing with my friends Dale Jones and Anna Tivel..it was like a little 4 minute slice of heaven!


and then I got to go out to my favorite place in the world, Lake City, CO where the aspens were showing off their colors…


I had such a blast playing with the great Bruce Hayes at the Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music fest! And lemme just say that drinking wine all afternoon at altitude in the sun is one of the most enjoyable ways to wear yourself out! 🙂


Here’s a glimpse of the wonderful crowd there…


And I got to play with my good buddy Bob Hemenger again at Big River Music in Creede…somebody pinch me!


This cutie was at our show in Creede… his name is arrow and I love him.


Went straight from Minneapolis airport to a house concert in Fergus Falls with my buddy the great David Stoddard!! We have so much fun, can ya tell?


and I got to play a house concert in beautiful Iron River, WI where Barb and Jan let me stay at their resort and this is the view from my front porch..sigh…


I got to sing with my buddy Dave Stoddard at his awesome CD release party at A Center for the Arts!!


thought you might like this beautiful, artsy photo by the great Holly D…it’s a reflection in the grand piano!


and we played at the Warming Hosue in Minnesota, a little music venue in the basement of a bike shop. I love this place and not just because they have a bird logo (but that doesn’t hurt)…


 And finally, these two crazies were the greeting committee in Winona, MN…Daily and Hattie stole my heart right from the beginning! 

4. THE FUTURE…I’m so excited about what’s coming up to round out the rest of this year… an overdue trip to the Northeast and some wonderful shows in the northwest. Oh yeah, and then there’s that album. 🙂

Renee and I are working hard on the 2018 tour calendar. Trips are shaping up to Texas in February, the midwest in March, the southeast in April and May, and more. If you have any venue suggestions for those regions or if you are interested in hosting a house concert, holler at me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com!

As always, THANK YOU for listening, reading, clapping, and encouraging me on my artistic path. Hope to see you out there on the road soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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Down the road a piece…

Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

Nov 2 – The Albany Pump Station – Albany, NY

Nov 3 – University Club – Albany, NY

Nov 4 – Burlap & Bean – Newtown Square, PA

Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA

Nov 9-11 – Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference – Stamford, CT

Nov 11 – Private House Concert -West Chester, PA

Nov 19 – The Open Door Coffeehouse @ Ascension – Portland, OR

Nov 20 – Olympia House Concerts – Olympia, WA

Dec 1 – North County Rec District Theater – Nehalem, OR

Dec 2 – The Cape House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR

September’s Newsy News is here!

Seriously, September…

Monday, August 28, 2017

icon it’s you already??
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! I can’t believe summer is winding to a close, but it’s happening. I’m feeling a bit wistful but soon I will be wearing fuzzy slippers and obsessing over making soup. WOOP!

There is so much goodness coming up – here’s what’s happening. I hope you’ll scroll down for newsy news, musings, gratitude, random photos and show details. Thank you for reading!!

Tue, Aug 29 – Al’s Den @ The Crystal Hotel w/John Statz – Portland, OR

Sat, Sep 2 – Songwriters Workshop – Enterprise, OR

Sat, Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR

Tue, Sep 5 – Fri, Sep 8 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sat, Sep 9 – Sisters Folk Festival w/David Stoddard – Sisters, OR

Sun, Sep 10 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR

Sat, Sep 16 – Uncorked Wine & Music Festival w/Bruce Hayes – Lake City, CO

Sun, Sep 17 – Big River Music w/Bob Hemenger – Creede, CO

Thu, Sep 28 – Private House Concert – Iron River, WI

Fri, Sep 29 – David Stoddard CD Release Concert – Fergus Falls, MN

Sat, Sep 30 – The Warming House w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Sun, Oct 1 – Winona House Concerts – Winona, MN

1. GRATITUDE. Oh my heart is so full of gratitude! Thank you to all these folks who made August so incredible: The Pederson family and all their wonderful friends and neighbors, Bill Donovan, Wayne & Debbie and everyone at Lyons fork, James & Karen and the Home By Dark family, Artichoke Music, Brad & Karen and everyone at Eurosports in Sisters, PJ & Obi, Margaret & Bill & Cody, Judy Beaudoin and Carl Solomon and the good folks at Paradise House Concerts, Amanda & Nathan & Nola & Finn & Clara Baker & Wilhelmina and everyone at the Harris Bridge Vineyard eclipse eve party, Pat & Mark and all their lovely friends and family!

2. THE NEWS.  Fall festival season is gearing up! I am insanely excited for my first trip to Enterprise, OR for Juniper Jam. This festival celebrates songwriting and songwriters and I am honored to be leading their first ever songwriting workshop in the morning before playing my 6 pm set! Then it’s off to Sisters for another year of inspiration, community, and musical mayhem! I am SO excited to be on staff again at the Americana Song Academy. We’ve been working on the schedule and I’m getting fired up! And then for a very special treat I am so excited to be playing a set with David Stoddard at Sisters Folk Festival! As you know Dave and I have played many shows together and done several tours where we laugh until our faces hurt. Dave is so talented and one of my favorite writers and singers and humans and I can’t wait for the good folks of Sisters to hear him, too! I’ve also started dreaming and planning the SFF Sunday Community Celebration and I can barely contain my excitement and anticipation…woop! The Sunday community show is FREE and open to all so come join us, y’all! And I’m stoked to return to beloved Lake City, CO for their Uncorked Wine & Music Festival!! I am thrilled that one-man-show Bruce Hayes will be sitting in on my set! And then the next night I get to return to wonderful Big River Music in Creede with my buddy the amazing Bob Hemenger on saxaphone. Somebody pinch me please!:)

The eclipse viewing at Harris Bridge Vineyard was beyond amazing! We had the sweetest evening under the oaks with music and picnics and blankets and good food and children and dogs running around…and then the next morning we all watched the total eclipse together. I did not anticipate the silence (once everyone had stopped cheering) and it was truly a moving experience. I was amazed at how much light our sun gives us with just a sliver of herself showing. What a gift to witness these moments!

Many folks have asked me about my mission statement song, “Open Song”. I don’t have it on any of my CDs, but I have made it available as a single if you would like to download a copy! I have also ordered download cards, which means I wil have them available at shows. Heck, I could just give them away to people who say nice things at the merch table…because I think if you go to the effort of coming to a show and saying nice things, you deserve a little thank you! 🙂  Click here to download your copy!

I just sent out a song of hope for my 13th installment of my 20/20 project. This has been such a fun way to gather stray songs and give life to new ones. Now I am starting to look forward and imagine a possible album from these offerings. It is fun to see the threads and themes that run through these songs, and it feels natural to make an album of songs that helped me celebrate my 20 years in music. Seems like it should be called “The Long Road” (one of the song titles from 20/20)! I will keep you posted as this develops! Here’s how The Long Road goes…

beth wood at the rooster's wife

Speaking of developments, I had a great trip to Wimberley, TX to meet with Nathan Brown and Ashley Stanberry Brown about Mezcalita Press and my second poetry book! They are doing such great work with songwriters who write poetry and beyond, and they just launched their killer website! I have a first draft of the book and I’m in the process of proofreading as we speak. I just changed the title today so who knows what it will be in the end?! So exciting!

What do y’all think? Should I make a Dogs of the Road calendar? Proceeds would go to Oregon Humane Society, dog rescue, etc.

And finally I’m so excited that my childhood baby grand piano has a new home! My friends Do Mi and Tricia were kind enough to take care of it after I left Eugene, and it had lots of love from kids and adults of all ages at the Drinking Gourd school. I am so grateful for their care and generosity. And now I couldn’t be happier that my piano is in the new space at Artichoke Music! I don’t have enough space for it where I currently live, so the folks at Artichoke agreed to let it be a resident piano at the new cafe space! Not only am I thrilled that I will get to play it from time to time, but I’m also thrilled to think of all the talented hands that will tickle those keys. It’s a win/win and I’m so grateful to Artichoke Music and also to NW Piano Gallery for moving it so beautifully (again!).

3. SHOW DETAILS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

Tue, Aug 29 – Al’s Den @ The Crystal Hotel w/ John Statz – Portland, OR. 303 S.W. 12th Ave. Al’s Den is the basement bar of the Crystal Hotel. BW will play a set during singer-songwriter John Statz’s residency. Music starts at 7 pm. BW downbeat at 8. Free. 21 and over.Â

Sat, Sep 2 – Songwriters Workshop @ Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR. At Stockman’s, 111 W. Main. Juniper Jam is focused on original music, and BW is delighted and honored to offer a Songwriting Workshop to start off festival day. BW will engage with aspiring and experienced songwriters to dig into the craft. Fee for the workshop is $20 per person. from 10:00 AM until noon.Â

Sat, Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR. Wallowa County Fairgrounds. The Sweetest Little Music Festival in Eastern Oregon! Enterprise, Oregon is a small town of less than two thousand people, yet it is the heartbeat of a community brimming with arts and culture, and yes, music. Juniper Jam is a celebration of musical diversity, dedicated to showcasing a variety of musical genres while honoring the song and the songwriter. Tickets $15 advance, $18 at the gate. Kids aged 12 and younger free! Gates open at noon – Music starts at 1PM and continues to around 10PM. BW plays at 6 pm on the Tunesmith Stage.  Â

Tue, Sep 5 – Fri, Sep 8 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR. The Americana Song Academy inspires people to believe in their creativity and helps develop a community that supports that pursuit. Artists performing at the Sisters Folk Festival arrive 4 days early to teach all aspects of music, songwriting, performance and singing. Participants deeply engage and nurture their music, songs, and aspirations. Private concerts, open mics and mentor sessions are all part of the experience. The musical alchemy of the festival artists from “Song Camp” helps inspire collaborations and exceptional performances at the festival each year.Campers participate in workshops, communal meals and activities at the performing arts camp “Caldera”, a stunning location on the edge of Blue Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains. With an extraordinary caterer, a beautiful and powerful location, and a unique, intimate experience, the event continues to be highly anticipated and sells out each year.Â

Sat, Sep 9 – Sisters Folk Festival w/David Stoddard – Sisters, OR. The Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass, held the weekend following Labor Day in beautiful Sisters, Oregon. The Festival hosts eleven stages, including an 900-seat venue at the Village Green Park in downtown Sisters, and 1,100 seats at Sisters Art Works. Sisters is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, the community of Sisters is a wonderful place to live and visit. Outdoor recreational opportunities in and around Sisters are endless, with mountains, rivers and lakes at your back door. Bike or ride horseback on the many beautiful mountain trails, or golf at any number of first-rate courses. Gift, home & garden, clothing and antique shops abound for the shopper in your group, or just relax and enjoy the clean air and incredible mountain views. There is truly something for everyone in Sisters. BW is thrilled to play a duo set with the great David Stoddard at the Open Door stage (303 W. Hood Ave) from 9-10:30 pm!Â

Sun, Sep 10 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR. BW will host the Sunday Community Celebration — it’s FREE and open to all! At the Village Green Stage. 10 am.   Â

Sat, Sep 16 – Uncorked Wine & Music Festival w/Bruce Hayes – Lake City, CO. Town Park. Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival is hosted by Lake City DIRT, a 501(c)3 dedicated to historic preservation and economic revitalization of the community of Lake City. Join us for good music, good food, good wine, and good friends…. Beneath the fall aspens of the San Juan Mountains – in Historic Lake City, Colorado! Gates open at 10 a.m., Music starts at 11:00 a.m., Wine flows at noon. BW plays at 12:15 with Bruce Hayes!  Â

Sun, Sep 17 – Big River Music w/Bob Hemenger – Creede, CO. 117 N Main Street.  719-658-2100. BW returns to beautiful Creede and Big River Music for an intimate evening of song with the great Bob Hemenger on saxophone! Call 719-658-2100 for ticket info. 7 pm.  Â

Thu, Sep 28 – Private House Concert – Iron River, WI.

Fri, Sep 29 – David Stoddard CD Release Concert – Fergus Falls, MN. Details to come!

Sat, Sep 30 – The Warming House w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN. 4001 Bryant Ave. South Minneapolis, MN. The Warming House was established in May of 2016 as a true listening room in the heart of South Minneapolis for the purpose of developing and promoting the appreciation of folk, singer-songwriter, Americana, and similar music as an art form through education, performance, exhibition and related activities. Its mission is to foster these musical arts by inspiring and engaging it’s multiple participants and audiences to listen to, create, perform and enjoy compelling musical performances and creations. The Warming House creates access for musicians and others of all levels and backgrounds, educates and enriches the public’s connection with musical arts experiences and contributes to the cultural vitality of the community. With the great David Stoddard! $15. 8 pm.

Sun, Oct 1 – Winona House Concerts – Winona, MN. Connie and Ray host house concerts in their grand living room overlooking the park. Bring a bottle of wine, some beer or your beverage of choice.  We will have glasses, ice, mixers, etc.  If you want to bring something to share as a snack, you are welcome to, but it’s not necessary. Please arrive 30-45 minutes early for social hour and let’s visit before the music starts. 6:30 gathering/7:30 music. See www.winonahouseconcerts.com for details!

Our Pederson backyard concert in CO Springs turned into a garage concert!!


well we set up outside just in case…it’s such a beautiful backdrop but not meant to be this time. Thank goodness we had a plan B cuz it rained, and then it cleared up, and then it rained, and then it cleared up, you get picture! 🙂


It was so much fun to return to beloved Lyons and see old friends at The Fork! The food’s so good I can barely concentrate…


and this was the greeting committee when I got to Georgia!


view from the stage at Home By Dark


those gorgeous clouds were building in the background and once it got dark the fireflies came out and the lightning put on quite show!


Home By Dark family…finest musicians and humans on the planet! The other guest songwriter, the amazing Michael Logen and I were wishing every gig could be like this one!


Oh what fun we had at the Eurosports beer garden in Sisters! Karen and Brad took such good care of me and Karen took me on my first mountain bike ride…such a blast! It was super smokey from forest fires but the good folks of Sisters braved the smoke to give me a warm welcome!


and then after the show Karen told me and Coach Bob the story of how she bought Dave Carter’s old ghourd banjo at Artichoke Music many years ago! We couldn’t get over it!

 you wouldn’t believe how gorgeous this setting was for Judy’s Voices on the River house concert…aptly named! It was super fun watching rafters float by and wonder where the music was coming from.

Oh the beauty of Harris Bridge Vineyard where I got to play a the eclipse party! Here is the namesake bridge…

 and the lovely setting for our concert…

and here is the insanely talented Clara Baker in eclipse twilight. We both sat in awe as the sky grew dark and everything got quiet. I’ve never been so caffienated in the dark!

The guys from NW Piano Gallery took such great care of my piano!! And it is happily nestled at Artichoke music while they are readying the cafe space. Woohoo!

 Seriously y’all, who doesn’t need a Corgi parade?? Oh how it lifted our spirits to see hundreds of Corgis parading down the streets of Portland! Corgi Walk in the Pearl is an annual tradition and fundraiser for Oregon Humane Society and Corgi Rescue.

4. THE FUTURE. I feel like I’m at the top of the roller coaster, I’ve been climbing there all summer, and I’m peeking over at the wild ride ahead! It’s going to be a crazy fall touring season but I am excited and ready! I’m thrilled to have some  pacific NW shows, some midwest shows, a couple CO and AZ shows, one very special southeast show, and a trip to the northeast – it’s been too long!

I am sending prayers to friends in Texas, please keep them in your hearts. Texans know how to take care of each other, and I know the rest of the country is trying to figure out who to wrap its arms around those in need. Much love to friends in Texas.

I hope to see you out there on the road. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for supporting my creative dreams. I am ever grateful! Your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

Down the road a piece…

Oct 4-6 – FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA

Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle, WA

Oct 13 – Cary Theater – Cary, NC

Oct 14 – Nasty Woman Video Release/Planned Parenthood Fundraiser – Portland, OR

Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR

Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ

Oct 21 – Private Party – Phoenix,  AZ

Oct 28 – Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA

Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

Nov 2 – The Albany Pump Station – Albany, NY

Nov 3 – University Club – Albany, NY

Nov 4 – Burlap & Bean – Newtown Square, PA

Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA

Nov 9-11 – Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference – Stamford, CT

Nov 11 – Private House Concert -West Chester, PA

Nov 19 – The Open Door Coffeehouse @ Ascension – Portland, OR

Nov 20 – Olympia House Concerts – Olympia, WA

Dec 1 – North County Rec District Theater – Nehalem, OR

Dec 2 – The Cape House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR

All the August newsy news!

Get over here, August!

Wednesdsay, Jul 26, 2017

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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers. Well this summer has been just delightful – I’m basking in it!

Here’s all the fun stuff coming up soon. As always, I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, news, show details, random pics, and musings. Cheers!

Sat, July 29 – Backyard Concert w/Tom Faulkner – Colorado Springs, CO

Sun, Juy 30 – Lyons Fork – Lyons, CO

Fri, Aug 4 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

Sat, Aug 5 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

Sat, Aug 12 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR

Sun, Aug 13 – Paradise House Concert – Estacada, OR

Sun, Aug 20 – Eclipse Concert at Harris Bridge Vineyard – Philomath, OR

Sat, Aug 26 – Private House Concert – Portland, OR

Tue, Aug 29 – Al’s Den @ The Crystal Hotel – Portland, OR

 

1. GRATITUDE. WOW. July was epic. Epic road trip, epic family time, epic fishing, and epic evenings with amazing CO and UT folks. Special thanks to all these folks for making it so incredible…Wood and Hurt and Howe and Audlin families, Bob Hemenger, Courtney & Michelle and all at Big River Music, Mary Beth Mazairz and family and good folks of Park City, and Ara Lee and Indigenous and all at the Alberta Rose Theater.

2. THE NEWS. Well I just spent an afternoon in Eugene recording another two songs with Tyler Fortier for my 20/20 project, including the twangiest song I have ever recorded. 🙂 Curious?? Well I’m releasing 20 new works this year in celebration of my 20 years in music and it’s not too late for you to get in on the fun! I just sent out a beautiful video of the song “Motherless Child” with Ara Lee and Dirje Childs from our concert at Blue Rock this spring. WOOP! Click here to read about about my 20 new works.

I am very excited to geek out on poetry again! In a couple weeks I will go down to the Texas hill country to work with Nathan Brown and Mezcalita Press on my second poetry book! I can’t believe it but I have around 75 poems to sift through and sort and try to arrange in some sensible fashion. Thank you to all who have encouraged me in my not-so-secret little secret poetry habit. 🙂

There is so much fun stuff coming up! I am especially excited about the Eclipse Celebration Concert at Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath near Corvallis)! There will be a concert under the oaks in the afternoon/evening and I’m thrilled to share the stage with two other Oregon artists Wilhelmina and Clara Baker. You can even come early and enjoy a potluck and a swim in the river. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, you can camp out and enjoy the eclipse with us the next morning! Click here for more details.

Well I am happy to report that I have finally cleared out my storage unit and given back the keys!! It was one of my goals for this summer. Now I can feel like I really live here, not like I’m just in a transitional phase. It feels GREAT!  Soooo way in the back corner I found some old friends… CDs that I made twenty years ago and have been hauling around ever since! I am ready to let go of these beauties. I am so proud of these works but it’s time to recycle them and move on. Don’t worry — I will save some for nostalgia’s sake, but the rest I am looking to re-home. If you would like copies of my first three CDs, I would love for you to have them. Pay whatever you like but please consider covering shipping. Here is a link to my paypal here… don’t forget to include your mailing address and also which titles/how many you’d like!Â

Same goes for these cute tiny t-shirts! They are supposed to be women’s medium size, but I don’t know many women who are that small. These work GREAT for kids! If you’d like one, make me an offer! Pay what you like and use the Paypal link. Don’t forget to tell me which color and include your mailing address. Did I mention these are tiny?

In other news, I am so thrilled to hear that I have been invited to play a formal showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference in November! I have been looking forward to this conference for a while, and this just puts some very sweet icing on the cake! NERFA is a big gathering of folks in the folk world in the northeast, which is a region rich with history, venues, and festivals. I’m excited to spend some time getting to know folks there and singing my heart out! Big thank you to the selection committee for all your hard work and for the invitation!Â

 

3. SHOWS COMING UP…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Sat, July 29 – Backyard Concert – Colorado Springs, CO. The Pederson family once again hosts a backyard concert with BW the great Tom Faulkner! At 943 Tari Drive Please bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and BYOB. Optional potluck at 6 pm. $20 suggested donation per person. Come, bring a friend, relax and enjoy. As always, we’ll adjust for the weather as well as we can. Please RSVP to bill@happykidtraveling.com or evan.pedersen@comcast.net.

Sun, Juy 30 - Lyons Fork – Lyons, CO. 450 Main Street. 303-823-5014. BW plays the on the back patio of this food-centric, beer-driven, margarita-adoring little haunt in Lyons, Colorado!! 7 pm. Free!  

Fri, Aug 4 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. Chukkar Farm is at 1140 Liberty Grove Road. 678.665.0040. Look for the big green barn and follow signs for parking and drop-off. Home By Dark is concert experience like no other. HBD brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” BW is thrilled to return to this favorite series! With the great Michael Logen. Guests may bring food, beverages, candles, tablecloth, goldfish crackers, smiles, applause, a good sense of humor, and extra snacks for the band! 🙂 General Admission guests must bring seating (lawn chairs). Tables are not permitted in the General Admission area, but you may bring coolers and picnic baskets. All shows are rain or shine, hot or cold, muggy or breezy. Tickets are $22 and up. Gates open at 6:30pm and concerts start at 8:00pm.    

Sat, Aug 5 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. (Same as above!)

Sat, Aug 12 - Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR. 223 E. Hood Ave. Join us at the Eurosports Food Cart Garden for a some summer evening live music! 5-7 pm.  

Sun, Aug 13 – Paradise House Concert – Estacada, OR. Voices on the River- A House Concert Beth Wood and Carl Solomon. Contact at kimandjudy@hotmail.com or 503-630-5686 for details and directions. Reserved seating. $15 suggested donation per person, all donations go to the musicians. 4-7 pm.

Sun, Aug 20 – Eclipse Concert at Harris Bridge Vineyard – Philomath, OR. 22937 Harris Road. 541-929-3053. Join us in celebration of the eclipse for a sweet evening of Oregon grown music, poetry, friends, food, wine, and beer, and all in one of the most gorgeous natural settings in Oregon, the storied Harris Valleyings in Oregon, the storied Harris Valley! With Wilhelmina and Clara Baker! Music starts at 4 pm. Advance tickets only – online at harrisbridgevineyard.com or at the winery. Email harrisbridge@yahoo.com for inquiries about camping for the weekend and staying for the eclipse!   

Sat, Aug 26 – Private House Concert – Portland, OR

Tue, Aug 29 – Al’s Den @ The Crystal Hotel – Portland, OR. 303 S.W. 12th Ave. 503-972-2670. Al’s Den is the basement bar of the Crystal Hotel. BW will play a set during singer-songwriter John Statz’s residency. Music starts at 7 pm. Free. 21 and over.  

The mighty Wood/Hurt/Howe/Audlin crew at happy hour, a new tradition at the cabin. I treasure my time with these goofballs! There was much fishing and hiking and sleeping, followed by giggling and eating and more fishing…thank you Quiet Valley for another amazing week!

Then I got to go right down the road to one of our favorite cute towns Creede for a show with my buddy Bob Hemenger! Pre-show hug with Bob and new friend Alixe beside our poster at Big River Music!

my buddy Angus who patiently waited on my porch every morning in Pagosa Springs for me to come say hello. sweet gentle giant! I think my head could fit in there but thankfully he didn’t try… 


I got to play in the beautiful magical forest in Park City (and somehow managed to not fall down!)


Last minute opener at the Alberta Rose..woop!

My bestie and partner-in-crime, and the muscle and sass behind all of my recent moves. 🙂

Having somd fun with my good buddy Tom Faulkner…can’t WAIT to play with Tom again in Colorado Springs on July 29!!

here’s our flyer for the show! (info at bethwoodmusic.com cuz let’s face it that’s just too tiny to read.)


here’s one of my favorite Tom Faulkner songs…oh the humanity, y’all!

tom faulkner - the fried chicken skin song

 

 4. THE FUTURE…Ahhhh looking down the road it will be festival time! Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy will be here before we know it! I’m also super excited for my first time at Juniper Jam in Enterprise, OR and my second time at Lake City Wine and Music Festival in beloved Lake City, CO! Not sure how the timing will unfold for my next poetry book, but I am stoked that it is in motion. Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for being a part of my creative journey! I am ever grateful! Your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

Down the road a piece…

Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR

Sep 5-8 – Sisters Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 9 – Sisters Folk Festival w/ David Stoddard – Sisters, OR

Sep 10 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR

Sep 16 – Uncorked Wine and Music Festival w/Bruce Hayes – Lake City, CO

Sep 28 – Lellodgio House Concerts – Iron River, WI

Oct 1 – Winona House Concerts – Winona, MN

Oct 4-6 – FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA

Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle, WA

Oct 13 – Cary Theater – Cary, NC

Oct 14 – Nasty Woman Video Release – Portland, OR

Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR

Oct 19 – House Concer – Phoenix, AZ

Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ

Oct 21 – Private Party – Phoenix,  AZ

July Newsy News is here and there’s a cute puppy in it!

July, you snuck up on me!

Monday Jul 3, 2017

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but I’m glad you’re here.

Greetings friends and fellow music lovers! I am sitting in beautiful Pagosa Springs, CO pinching myself at how lucky I am to get to spend some time in the Rockies this summer. Fishing was epic, family time was wonderful, and I am refreshed and renewed once again by this magical place. Last night’s show at Big River Music in Creede with Bob Hemenger was also pure magic! Here’s what’s coming up for the rest of July..

Mon, July 3 – Springs Resport w/Bob Hemenger – Pagosa Springs, CO.

Wed, July 5 – Artstar Backyard Concert w/ Mary Beth Mazriaz- Park City, UT

Sat, July 29 – Backyard Concert w/Tom Faulkner – Colorado Springs, CO

Sun, July 30 – Lyons Fork – Lyons, CO

1. GRATITUDE…June was so incredible and there are many to thank for that. Special thanks to Matt Miner, Cal Scott, Richard Moore and all at O’Connors; to Josh Sales, Ara Lee, Ericka Heidrick, Nia Studio, and all who joined us to be part of the video for “Nasty Woman”; to Ara Lee, Kathryn Claire and all at Artichoke Music, to Nic & Mo, T & Chris & Gia, Lisa and Steve and all at Feel Good House Concerts in Boulder; and to Bob Hemenger, Courtney and Michelle and all at Big River Music, THANK YOU!

2. THE NEWS…Pretty exciting stuff with the filming of the video for “Nasty Woman”! I cannot WAIT to share this song/video with you once it is done! We will have the official video/song release celebration in Portland on Oct 14 and it will be a benefit for Planned Parenthood. More details on that to come soon! The folks from Portland Musicians Rising Up were at the video shoot and posted some cool videos on their page here!

I’m super excited to be heading down to Wimberley at the end of this month to start working on my second poetry book! I am sending out a BIG blast of gratitude to all of you who have supported my poetry with the “Kazoo Symphonies” book. I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Nathan Brown, Ashley Stanberry Brown and Mezcalita Press again on this one. Mezcalita Press is quickly becoming the outlet for troubadour poets to release their poetry! They just released a book of poems by Rod Picott called “God In His Slippers”. Can’t wait for my second book! Stay tuned for updates!

I don’t know if this poem will be in the new book, but I was reminded of it as I drove across Wyoming a couple weeks ago…

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My 20/20 Project is rolling along… if you don’t know about it yet, I am releasing 20 new works this year in celebration of my 20th year as a full time musician. So far I have released 10 new works this year.. we’re halfway there! Big thanks to all of my subscribers for supporting this creative vision. If you are still interested in having access to all the songs, poems, and videos I am releasing this year, it’s not too late! I’m thinking of getting some thumb drives and loading all the works I have released so far so that you can sign up at shows and get caught up. Or you can sign up online and I could mail it to you..whatever works!

3. JULY SHOWS… Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Mon, July 3 – Springs Resport w/Bob Hemenger – Pagosa Springs, CO. 165 Hot Springs Blvd. Free show! 6-9 pm.

Wed, July 5 – Artstar Backyard Concert w/ Mary Beth Mazriaz- Park City, UT. Artstar Presents: BW in concert! Come enjoy a chill-out, blissed-out “listening room in the forest” with the absolutely lovely and talented BETH WOOD. We’re planning a stellar evening out in the yard with guitar, vocals, and original songcraft from one of the folk scene’s most engaging women. (If weather does NOT permit, we’ll just move it inside.) Social hour 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. S’mores after the show. Blankets, short chairs, and cushy cushions welcome. We’ll have coolers set up and some beverages, but feel free to bring your faves and a dish to share if you like. Mary Beth Mazairz will sing a songs, too! Tickets: $15 per person. Link for tickets here.

Sat, July 29 – Backyard Concert w/Tom Faulkner – Colorado Springs, CO. The Pederson family have graciously offered to host another concert in their back yard! With the Rockies in the background, Tom Faulkner and BW will swap songs and stories until the sun goes down, and beyond! $15-$20 suggested donation. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested in attending. 

 Sun, July 30 – Lyons Fork – Lyons, CO. 450 Main St. BW plays the on the back patio of this food-centric, beer-driven, margarita-adoring little haunt in Lyons, Colorado!! 7 pm. Free!

I always have so much fun swapping songs with Richard Moore and Cal Scott at O’Connor’s!

Here’s some of the mighty crew who were in the video for “Nasty Woman!”


heart overflowing…


what a wonderful night we had at Artichoke Music!! Ara Lee and Kathryn Claire rocked my socks off, literally.


the beautiful scene at Feel Good House Concerts in Boulder


my buddy Bob Hemenger and I checking out the posters at Big River Music!


a wall of guitars is a dangerous thing…


the view from top of slumgullian pass… ah it takes my breath away every time.


Fishing was epic this year!!


I mean come on y’all, this is a serious cute overload! This is Juno and she gave me some good puppy snuggles followed by tug-of-war followed by snuggles again. I can barely take it! I love getting doggie time on the road…thanks Nic & Mo!!


4. THE FUTURE…Some time at home this summer will be so good for my spirit! In August I’m also super excited to return to Home By Dark for some shows in GA, and then play some wonderful shows in and around Oregon. The wheels are turning as I’m starting to think about a possile next album…the ideas are swirling and it has been a really cool exercise to gather all these new songs this year. And of course September brings the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy, woop!

Thank you so much for cheering me on in my musical journey and for reading all the way to the end. 🙂 Hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

Down the road a piece…

Aug 4 – Home by Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

Aug 5 – Home by Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

Aug 12 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR

Aug 13 – Paradise House Concert – Estacada, OR

Aug 20 – Harris Bridge Winery Eclipse Celebration – Philomath, OR

Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR

Sep 5-8 – Sisters Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 9 – Sisters Folk Festival w/ David Stoddard – Sisters, OR

Sep 10 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR

Sep 16 – Uncorked Wine and Music Festival w/Bruce Hayes – Lake City, CO

 

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