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May’s Extra Newsy Newsletter is here!

May, don’t tell anyone…

Monday May 2, 2016

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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

April has brought so much awesome to the table I almost need to pinch myself. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to do this work I love to do, and that there are so many people out there willing to help me make it happen!

Here’s what’s happening in May. I hope you’ll scroll down for musings, random pics, show details, etc.

Wed, May 4 – KLCC 89.7 – Eugene, OR

Fri, May 6 – Alberta Street Pub CD RELEASE PARTY – Portland, OR

Sat, May 7 – Tsunami Books CD RELEASE PARTY – Eugene, OR

Fri, May 13 – Two Way Street Coffeehouse – Downers Grove, IL

Sat, May 14 – Folkstage – Chicago, IL

Sun, May 15 – Windy City House Concerts – Chicago, IL

Tue, May 17 – Soldiersongs Benefit at Tower Theater – Bend, OR

Sat, May 21 – Workshop and House Concert – Marquette, MI

Mon, May 23 – Harmony For Mayo – Rochester, MN

Sun, May 29 – White Squirrel Festival – Brevard, NC

Thu, June 2-Mon, June 6 – Wood and Stone Retreat – Crisfield, MD

1. GRATITUDE…What an incredible ride this month has been. HUGE thanks to all these fine folks who made it so wonderful: Matt Miner, Cal Scott, Richard Moore and crew at O’Connor’s Vault, Sandra & Kathy & Mama, Susie & Ellen Cherry & Sean & all at Susie’s house concerts, David Sardinha & Mary Johnson Rockers & all at the Cary Theater, Misti O-P, Chris & Lynn Rosser & Tom PR & David Lamotte, Felty family, Louise Baker & Isis Music Hall, Michael Collins and WSQL, Jim & Alice & RK and all at UUTC, Robby Hecht Perry & Sally and all at Fleur de Lis, Teri and all at the Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Listening Room, Caaaaaat, Bob & Ashleigh and all at Folk at the Cannery, Ann and Bob Wood, Nathan Brown, John Cook and all at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, Betty and all at Concerts at Betty’s, Matt and all at Open Ears Concerts, Rodney Bursiel, Ashley, Lane & Heather and all at Bugle Boy, Bill and Pam and all at Honey Creek House Concerts!

 

2.THE NEWS…Well folks, the big news is the release of the new CD! We will be celebrating in Portland and Eugene on May 6 and 7 with the great Anna Tivel and many musical guests. I hope you Oregon friends can join us! Anna’s new CD “Heroes Waking Up” is a gorgeous, quiet, brilliant work of art and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Let’s celebrate! It will be a little while before it is available for online purchase or download. But in the mean time, if you would like your very own copy, you can buy one directly from me here or at shows! This project is so meaningful to me as I love being able to capture and present my songs in their most elemental form. And Tyler Fortier and the Fortier family helped me do just that. In just three days in a house overlooking the Oregon coast, we created this collection of intimate recordings that has become ‘Spring Tide’. Fueled by coffee, beer and homemade mac-n-cheese (thank you Flood!), it was a dream come true and I am so exicted to share it with you!

Here is a sneak peak preview of one of the songs off the new CD. Watch all the way to the end to see the cute studio mascot, Topper’s review of the song!

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May will bring many fun shows including CD release parties, a trip to the midwest, and a return to the great White Squirrel Festival in Brevard, NC! I am also very honored to be a part of the Soldier Songs Presents benefit on May 17 at the Tower Theater in Bend, OR along with the Strong Hold Trio. On this night, we will be contributing the proceeds of the event to an organization that provides transitional housing support to wounded combat veterans. I hope you can join us for a really fun evening of music in “Bend’s Living Room”, the very special Tower Theater. Rumor has it there will be some musical mischief and collaboration!

This summer will bring many fun camps and workshops!! There are still a couple of spots left for the wonderful Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat in Crisfield, MD. Hosted by Jen and Scott Smith of the duo Naked Blue, Wood and Stone is a very special, unique, intimate gathering of songwriters in a gorgeous place – Jane’s Island State Park. Last year was my first year at Wood and Stone and I left inspired, energized, and filled with love and spirit from that special community. Wyatt Easterling is also an instructor this year. I am a huge fan of what he does so this retreat is not to be missed! Dates are June 2-6.

I’m thrilled to be co-leading a day-long workshop/retreat at Stillpoint Farm in Veneta, OR with my friend the great RJ Cowdery! The event is called Nature, Women and Song at Stillpoint and we will be gathering in a Yurt surrounded by beautiful trees and lots of nature and wildlife. A teepee will be set up too and a delicous lunch will be served. There will also be a house concert in the evening! Check it out…

There are also a few spots left at the Hidden River Songwriting Camp in Long Beach, WA in July. I will co-hosting this camp alongside the great Matt Meighan – gentle teacher, sage, and leader in songcraft. It will be a wonderful community gathering in a gorgeous setting with the opportunity to focus on creativity, sharing songs, and unplugging for a few days. This year’s camps will be held on the shores of Willlapa Bay near the town of Long Beach, Washington. The 13-acre site is rustic and beautiful, providing camp sites, kitchen, fire circle, wood-fired sauna and showers, a great view of Willapa Bay, canoes and paddle boats for use in the bay, and the Pacific Ocean a mile away. The dates are July 28-31. I can’t wait!!

 

3. MAY HAPPENINGS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Wed, May 4 – KLCC 89.7 – Eugene, OR. Anna Tivel and I will get to visit with the great Eric Alan about our new CDs, and we’ll also play a few tunes live. You can listen online here. We will be on the air at approximately 2:30 pm. FREE…it’s radio!

Fri, May 6 – CD RELEASE @ Alberta Street Pub – Portland, OR. 1036 NE Alberta St. 503-284-7655. Re-established in 2013, the Alberta Street Pub is a complete remodel of the old neighborhood Public House. The kitchen serves up an inspired and locally sourced menu to compliment our craft cocktails and the 21 rotating draft beers. Offering one of the best listening environments in Portland with an intimate setting and a high quality sound system. Double CD release party with BW and Anna Tivel!! With many special musical guests! We will play separate sets with much collaboration. $10 at the door. 8:30. Seating is limited so get there early!

Sat, May 7 – CD RELEASE @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. 2585 Willamette Street. 541-345-8986. Tsunami Books is Eugene’s beloved neighborhood book store and community hub. We will celebrate a double CD release party with BW and Anna Tivel! Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance by dropping by the store or calling 541-345-8986. 7:30 pm. With many special musical guests! We will play separate sets with much collaboration. $10 at the door. 7:30. Seating is limited so get there early!

Fri, May 13 – Two Way Street Coffeehouse – Downers Grove, IL. 1047 Curtiss St, inside the First Congregational Church building in downtown Downers Grove, just across the street from the Downers Grove Public Library. 630-969-9720. For 45 years, Two Way Street Coffeehouse has featured live folk and acoustic musical entertainment every Friday night. We offer a very informal environment, and serve specialty coffees, teas, soda, cider, hot chocolate and snacks. No alcohol is served, and no meals. We are a non-smoking coffee house, and we welcome all ages. We have a requested donation of $7.00 on Fridays. 8:15 pm.

Sat, May 14 – Folkstage – Chicago, IL. Private in-studio concert for members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle hosted by Rich Warren.

Sun, May 15 – Windy City House Concerts – Chicago, IL. A lovely Sunday afternoon house concert hosted by Lee & Cindy. For more information, go to www.windycityhouseconcerts.org. Must RSVP to attend. $20 suggested donation.

Tue, May 17 – Soldiersongs Benefit at Tower Theater – Bend, OR. 835 NW Wall Street. An evening of community and song at the beautiful Tower Theater, sponsored by SoldierSongs to benefit a Marine Corps project in Bend that supports wounded Marines/Sailors in transitioning to civilian life. With The Stronghold Trio and local openers Loose Gravel and Mark Quon. Reserved Seating $25-$30. A benefit concert for veteran support programs. 7 pm.

Sat, May 21 – Workshop and House Concert – Marquette, MI.

Mon, May 23 – Harmony For Mayo – Rochester, MN. 10 3rd Ave. NW. The Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program is a program of the Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, and is administered by Choral Arts Ensemble. Free weekly concerts are performed on Mondays from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. on the Mayo Clinic campus, featuring a variety of artists ranging from classical to jazz, country to pop music. Concerts are open to patients, visitors, staff, and the general public. 12:10 pm.

Sun, May 29 – White Squirrel Festival – Brevard, NC. Featuring two-and-a-half days of great live music, the White Squirrel Festival in Downtown Brevard, NC is the perfect way to experience everything this charming mountain community has to offer. Best of all it’s FREE! Created to enhance and develop the business district of downtown, the event has evolved into one of the premier music festivals in the southeast. BW will kick of Sunday’s lineup of music at noon, followed by Zoe & Cloyd and Sarah Siskind & Sunliner with Travis Book of Infamous Stringdusters!

Thu, June 2-Mon, June 6 – Wood and Stone Retreat – Crisfield, MD. An inspiring four day retreat celebrating song, creativity, friendship and community hosted by the great Jen & Scott Smith of Naked Blue!

Had so much fun with Ellen Cherry and everyone at Susie’s House Concerts! She rocks. 

 Kinda fun to drive up and see my name in big letters!! It was an amazing night of Six String Presents at the Cary Theater. i LOVED getting to hear Mary and her kick-ass band. And yes, that really is her last name. And yes, she rocks!

 Cool shot from the Cary Theater. It was a dream show! 

 The view from the porch at Farm Felty in Brevard, NC. I spent hundreds of mornings soaking in this view when I lived here. If you have read my poetry book, you might recognize the elbow-shaped tree. 🙂

 The great Chris Rosser sound checking for our Isis show. Truly one of the most beautiful venues filled with the nicest people. We played to a sold-out house and we were on cloud 9 for days!

Tough audience at Fleur de Lis House Concerts!


I had so much fun sharing some shows with the great Nathan Brown!! Thanks Alan for the pics from Uncle Calvin’s!


the amazing crew at The Bugle Boy in La Grange. Loved every minute of it!!


loving the stage at Honey Creek House Concerts!


this is my new boyfriend…he sat outside my window and protected me from coyotes all night. 


check out this cool shot by Rodney Bursiel! We had a super fun photo shoot at Blue Rock and this is my favorite one. Can’t wait to share some more of these with you!

4. THE FUTURE... Ohmygosh, I am breathless as I write this! What a great tour this has been and there is to much to look forward to ahead! In June I’m excited to take a little personal time for trips to Switzerland and Ireland with dear friends. Life is sweet!

The rest of the year is shaping up beautifully for touring and we are working on 2017. It blows my mind that next year will be my 20th year of being a full-time touring artist. I’m starting to dream on some kind of big way to celebrate! Let me know if you have ideas?!

I could not have survived a single one of those 20 years without you! THANK YOU for following my musical wanderings, for coming out to shows, hosting gatherings, and cheering me on every step of the way. I am forever 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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

Down the road a piece…

6/2-6/5 Crisfield, MD – The Wood and Stone Retreat

6/16 Volcano, CA – House Concert w/David Stoddard

6/17 Mendocine, CA – House Concert w/David Stoddard

6/18 Redding, CA – House Concert w/David Stoddard

6/19 Bend, OR – Songwriter Series House Concerts w/David Stoddard

7/15 Sisters, OR – Sisters Folk Festival Presents Concerts in the Park

7/16 Veneta, OR – Nature, Women and Song at Stillpoint workshop and concert

7/21-24 Long Beach, WA – Hidden River Songwriting Camp

7/28-31 Long Beach, WA – Hidden River Songwriting Camp

8/5 Alpharetta, GA – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm

8/6 Alpharetta, GA – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm

8/11 Salida, CO – F Street Gallery

8/12 Telluride, CO – Mountain Village Songwriter Series

8/13 Gunnison, CO – House Concert

8/27 Loveland, CO – Home By Dark at the Rialto Theater

 

April newsy news and crazy tour schedule!

Oh April,

Friday, April 1, 2016

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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Well, spring has sprung here and the trees are bursting with promise, and the songbirds are singing at the top of their joyful little lungs. The sun has even come to visit us a few times. 🙂 April is bursting with wonderful happenings. Here’s what I’ll be up to…I hope you’ll scroll down for show details, news, and random photos and musings.

Mon, Apr 4 – Songwriters-inthe-Round at O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR

Fri, Apr 8 – House Concert – near Annapolis, MD

Sat, Apr 9 – Six Strings Presents at the Cary Theater – Cary, NC

Thu, Apr 14 – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC

Fri, Apr 15 – Live @ UUTC – Brevard, NC

Sat, Apr 16 – Fleur de Lis Acoustic Series – Louden, TN

Sun, Apr 17 – The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room – Johnson City, TN

Tue, Apr 19 – Folk at the Cannery – Dataw Island, SC

Fri, Apr 22 – Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas, TX

Sat, Apr 23 – Concerts at Betty’s – San Antonio, TX

Sun, Apr 24 – Open Ears Concerts – Austin, TX

Fri, Apr 29 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

Sat, Apr 30 – Honey Creek House Concerts – Celina, TX

1. GRATITUDE…Special thank you to these wonderful folks for making March so much fun: Ginger & Larry, Steve & Lori, Peter & Debby and all at Fiddler’s Crossing, Tracy & Scott & Nick, Steve, Bob, and Nicholas and all at the beautiful Freight & Salvage, Richey, Anna, Kelly, Dale and all at the Peace House, Mark & Jeanne and everyone at Olympia Acoustic Concerts, and Terri & Jerry.

And a VERY special, huge gratitude shout-out to Matthew Blackmon for coming through in a huge way! A few weeks ago, I got invited by my friend Bill Valenti to perform at a benefit concert in May at Bend’s beautiful Tower Theater. The benefit is organized/sponsored by SoldierSongs and Voices, a non-profit that gives free music and songwriting lessons to Armed Forces Veterans, and it will raise money for an organization that helps wounded marines transition back in to civilian life. I REALLY wanted to be a part of this. I saw that I had the date open and free on the calendar, but I would be out on the road in Chicago with a few nights off in between gigs. So I decided I would throw it out to the universe to see if anyone had some airline miles they might be willing to donate to help me get back to Oregon for the show. What’s the worst that could happen, right? Well, within one hour, the best had happened. Matthew had responded to my call, asked for the details of the trip, and booked flights for me to be able to fly back to OR to play the benefit show. I am still overwhelmed thinking about this extremely generous act! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Matthew!! You’ve got some excellent kharma coming your way!

2. CALL TO ACTION…Thank you to all of you who help me get creative with dates I need to fill! Renee and I work really hard on stringing shows together, but sometimes it takes a village! 🙂 We’ve got a couple of southeast dates in the fall that need some love…Oct 21 & 22. GA, SC, NC, AL…all could work and I’m open to ther ideas, too. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com. Thanks!

3. THE NEWS…Well the big news of course is the new CD, Spring Tide!! The boxes just arrived on my doorstep and I couldn’t be more excited! I am also VERY excited to be sharing my CD release party shows with the great Anna Tivel! Anna also has a new CD coming out that is heartbreakingly beautiful (I got a little sneak preview…). Oregon peeps, please save the dates: Fri, May 6 at Alberta Street Pub in Portland, and Sat, May 7 at Tsunami Books in Eugene. YAY!

Here is the beautiful cover. Graphic art by Scott Docherty and photo by R. Dee Mairs…

And here is a little promo video the Tyler put together! Takes me back to that magical weekend in Lincoln City…

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The official release will be in May but I might just have to sneak some in my suitcase for this April tour coming up! Oregonians, please save the dates for special double CD release shows with the great Anna Tivel!

And finally, I am thriled to be teaching at some incredible workshops this summer and there are still a few spaces left! East coasters, the Wood and Stone Retreat in Crisfield, MD is such a wonderful, intimate gathering of song-lovers. Jen and Scott Smith (our gracious hosts) and Wyatt Easterling are the other instructors and it is going to be an amazing four days.  Also I will be co-hosting the Hidden River Songwriting Camps with the wonderful Matt Meighan in Long Beach, WA in late July. The first session is filled up but there are still a few spots left for the second session (July 28-31). I hope you will join us!

 

4. APRIL SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Mon, Apr 4 – Songwriters-inthe-Round at O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR. 7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Matt Miner presents: Songwriters in the round with Cal Scott and Richard Moore! Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at the door. For info: mattminermusic@gmail.com or 503-484-8196. 7 pm. (This show is sold out but there may be a few seats available at the door.)

Fri, Apr 8 – Susie’s House Concert – near Annapolis, MD. A lovely house concert in Gambrill, MD. All are welcome! For info and reservations, please email susieshcs@aol.com for RSVP for info . Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. BYOB. Co-bill with ellen cherry! $20 suggested donation. 8 pm.

Sat, Apr 9 – Six Strings Presents at the Cary Theater – Cary, NC. 122 E Chatham St.919-462-2055. Six String Presents presents live music at select venues from the best in singer songwriters, bluegrass, country, folk and acoustic music. BW will share the stage with Mary Johnson Rockers for an incredible evening of song at the town of Cary’s beautiful theater. 8 pm.  $20.   Mary’s website: http://www.maryjohnsonrockers.com/

Thu, Apr 14 – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC. Haywood Rd. 828-575-2737. Isis Restaurant and Music Hall is a west Asheville favorite combining great cuisine with a beautiful listening room. This will be BW’s first time to play at ISIS! Co-bill with the great Chris Rosser! 7 pm.

Fri, Apr 15 – Live @ UUTC – Brevard, NC. 24 Varsity Street at South Broad. 828-877-6121. Join us for an evening of story and song at beautiful UUTC! $15 suggested donation/$10 students. With the great Robby Hecht! All ages welcome. 7 pm.

Sat, Apr 16 – Fleur de Lis Acoustic Series – Louden, TN. Come join us for a wonderful evening of music and food. This is a potluck, BYOB event. $15 suggested donation. 5:30 gathering, 6 pm music. 

Sun, Apr 17 – The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room – Johnson City, TN. 216 East Main St. The Willow Tree is a listening room, coffeehouse, and art gallery in beautiful Johnson City. A co-bill Sunday afternoon with the great Robby Hecht! 

Tue, Apr 19 – Folk at the Cannery – Dataw Island, SC (private concert series)

Fri, Apr 22 – Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas, TX. 9555 North Central Expressway. Uncle Calvin’s is Dallas’s long-running listening room concert series presenting live music on most Friday nights at Northpark Presbyterian Church. BW is thrilled to return with her favorite musician/poet Nathan Brown. 8 pm. info@unclecalvins.org or 214-363-0044 for info. $15 adv/$18 door.  

Sat, Apr 23 – Concerts at Betty’s – San Antonio, TX. A lovely house concert hosted by Betty! For info: wwwsumrdays@yahoo.com. $15 suggested donation. 8 pm.

Sun, Apr 24 – Open Ears Concerts – Austin, TX. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive. Open Ears Concerts presents live music performances that explore the intersection of Art, Spirituality, and Activism, since 2005. We present diverse genres and styles of music in an alcohol free, family friendly, listening room environment. BW returns to Open Ears for an afternoon show with Nathan Brown! $15 suggested donation. 1 pm. 

Fri, Apr 29 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX. 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy 77). 979-968-9944. The Bugle Boy takes its name from the Andrews Sisters’ 1940’s hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. Best little listening room in Texas! BW is thrilled to return with her favorite musician/poet Nathan Brown! $20. 

Sat, Apr 30 – Honey Creek House Concerts – Celina, TX. For reservations and directions please contact Bill and Pam at honeycreekhouseconcerts@gmail.com. Potluck is at 7:00 PM, concert begins at 8:00 PM. Well behaved children are welcome. $20 suggested donation. 

 

What a blast it was to play at Fiddler’s Crossing in Tehachapi…in a monsoon, no less! Thanks Mark La Ciura for the awesome pics, and to everyone who braved the storm!

oh man. playing at the freight & salvage with steve meckfessel and nicholas leahy was a thrill! this iconic venue was one of the most gorgeous places i have ever played. 


the beautiful peace house in portland. the peace was palpable. 🙂 the harmonies were soaring…


and i loved returning to olympia acoustic music concerts…just over my left shoulder is a breathtaking view of the water…i kept hoping for an orca sighting!


the trees are so happy here. here’s the one by my house doing its happy dance

5. THE FUTURE…I am so overwhelmed with gratitude looking at the rest of this year’s calendar. It is shaping up to be the best yet. Thank you to all of you for reading my musings, attending shows, telling your friends about my music and poetry, and cheering me on along the way. It is not always an easy ride, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

A very happy spring to you and I 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

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

Down the road a piece…

5/6 PORTLAND CD RELEASE @ ALBERTA ST PUB

5/7 EUGENE CD RELEASE @ TSUNAMI BOOKS

5/13 Downers Grove, IL – Two Way Street Coffeehouse

5/14 Chicago, IL – Folkstage

5/15 Chicago, IL – Windy City House Concerts

5/17 Bend, OR – Soldiersongs Benefit Concert @ Tower Theater

5/21 Marquette, MI – House Concert

5/23 Rochester, MN – Harmony for May

6/2-6/5 Crisfield, MD – The Wood and Stone Retreat

6/16 Volcano, CA – House Concert w/David Stoddard

6/17 Mendocine, CA – House Concert w/David Stoddard

6/18 Redding, CA – House Concert w/David Stoddard

6/19 Bend, OR – Songwriter Series House Concerts w/David Stoddard

March News and Musings…

Hey March, glad to see you…

Wednesday Mar 2, 2016

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lamb-y in 31 days.

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

As usual, February was short and sweet. March is sure to be long and just as sweet..even better. Here’s what’s going on this month in a nutshell. I hope you’ll scroll down for news, gratitude, musings, pics, and show details!

Fri, Mar 11 – Fiddler’s Crossing – Tehachapi, CA

Sun, Mar 13 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA

Sat, Mar 19 – Songwriters in the Round at 18th Ave Peace House – Portland, OR

Sun, Mar 20 – Olympia Acoustic Concerts – Olympia, WA

(And thank you, JoAn Mann for this lovely photo!)

1. GRATITUDE. I’ve got an extra big helping of gratitude to dish out today. I recently found myself under the weather on the road — not fun! I am so thankful to all the kind and generous folks who helped me and cared for me when I needed it. Thanks to Connor Garvey for being his wonderful self and stepping up and filling in for me when needed, to EJ and everyone at 4th & Main for kindness and tea and whiskey, to Tim & Bev at Rehmsworld for their friendship and understanding and for bringing gourmet dinner to my hotel room, to Deb and Dave and Bobbi and all at West Side Folk and UU of Topeka for cheering me on and taking care of me. And thanks to Renee for helping to talk me through it. It’s hard canceling shows, and I’ve only had to do so a handful of times in my eighteen years on the road. But still I felt so lucky, even though I didn’t feel well, to be out there doing what I love and to be so cared for by this wonderful community. I’m feeling better each day, thank goodness, and I’ll be ready to sing my heart on in CA soon!

And also special thanks to these fine folks for making Feb so wonderful: Jeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel, Mike Myers and the Black Box Theater in Corvallis, all at Artichoke Music, T & Chris & Gia, and Aengus Finnan and all at Folk Alliance for making it the best conference ever!

2. CALL TO ACTION... Woops! As often happens in the concert biz, we had a double booking situation (which means a venue forgot they booked you and then booked someone else). Thankfully, Renee has saved the day and sorted it out. However, it left a hole in my April schedule (there’s a hole in my schedule, dear liza, dear liza…) We are looking for a show on Fri, Apr 15 in the southeast, preferably Tennessee or north Georgia or western NC (not Asheville cuz I’m already playing there on the 14th…woop!). If you have any ideas or suggestions for venues, house concerts, etc, please holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com? Let’s face it: if I have a Friday night off in Asheville I might be forced to spend all my money shopping downtown and eating myself silly while sampling all the local brews. Not great for the ol’ pocketbook or the ol’ liver!

3. THE NEWS… 

New CD update: all the artwork for “Spring Tide” has been uploaded and all the sound files have been finished! So now we’re just waiting on those little CDs to be made and shipped! I’m thrilled to have worked with Oregon photographers on the cover. Believe it or not, I did a random search and found a stunning photo of a seagull (yes I’m a birdy girl!), and when I looked it up to see who the artist was, it was an Oregon photographer! Special thanks to MaryAnn and Dee Mairs of Mairs Photography for working with me on this cover. You can check out their work here. And here’s the gorgeous photo that is on the cover…can’t wait to show you the finished product!

I am  super excited about collaborative shows and new venues this month. These two Portland songwriters-in-the-round shows will be stellar! I’m excited to be playing with some of my favorite songwriters: Anna Tivel, Kelly Bosworth, Richey Bellinger, Cal Scott, and Richard Moore. If you’ve never been to an in-the-round show, it’s a really fun way of hearing lots of songwriters share stories, harmonies, and spontaneous moments of improvisation as they go around the circle swapping songs. Also I’ll be playing a California series that is new to me…Fiddler’s Crossing in Tehachapi (can anyone teach me how to say it?!?). Looks like it is right up my alley and I can’t wait to meet and sing for the good folks there. And I am thrilled to be playing the legendary folk club Freight & Salvage in Berkeley with my good friend Steve Meckfessel! Not only is this going to be a great show…this will be an evening of community gathering and support as proceeds will benefit four local non-profit organizations: Bread and Roses (Bread and Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society), California Coast Music Camp (CCMC envisions a world that treasures and supports people of all ages making music. CCMC inspires people to bring music and creativity into their lives and communities through educational and related activities.), Crowden Music Center (Crowden combines music and education to nurture, develop, and inspire students of all ages, and provides essential support to the musical life of the community.), and Freight & Salvage (a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.) Plus there’s a  pre-show wine tasting event in the lobby at 6 pm. Did I mention great music AND free wine AND community support? Bay area peeps, invite all your friends because his is a win/win/win! Scroll down for details…

Last year, I had the opportunity to play on Bozeman, MT radio station KGLT’s show “Live from the Divide” with the great Sarah Sample. Sarah is one of my favorite humans, singers, and songwriters. We had so much fun and I am so delighted that we can all hear it now. The show is posted here… thank you, “Live from the Divide”!

This year’s Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City was epic! Thousands of musicians, presenters, radio DJs, industry folks and music lovers gathered in a swanky hotel to bask in the love of music and tiny soaps and shampoos for a few days. Judy Collins gave a wonderful keynote speech. It was so inspiring and humbling to consider her long and successful career, and I was surprised to learn how downright funny she is! I really treasure my fellow artists for our friendship through the years. I love how we lift each other up and support each other in this community. And I love this gathering because it reminds me of this very thing that I can lose sight of as I rack up the miles driving solo across this great land.

Renee and I  are SO excited to announce that I have been invited to play at this year’s Moab Folk Festival…woohooo!! This festival has been on my wish list for many years, and I so so thrilled that I will be heading to this stunning desert spot in November.

Also, here’s a super cool video about house concerts put together by friends and Cayamoans and house concert hosts Giles and Jacqui McCrary. They are mindfully and artfully making a documentary about house concerts, and I’m so honored to be a part of it! If you’ve ever wondered what house concerts are about, or if you already love house concerts, check this out!

4. MARCH TOUR DATES. Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Fri, Mar 11 – Fiddler’s Crossing – Tehachapi, CA. 206 E. F St. 661-823-9994. Fiddlers Crossing is an intimate acoustic music “listening room” in the mountain town of Tehachapi, in Eastern Kern County, CA., presenting traditional and contemporary Folk music, Bluegrass, singer-songwriters, Americana, Country, Western, Blues, Celtic, World and other styles. It has a distinctly “coffee house” feel but without all the noise and other distractions. Based on the house concert model, freshly ground and brewed coffees, teas and a variety of “goodies” are included in the ticket price. The vibe is cozy, friendly and warm. Come join us! $20. 7 pm.  

Sun, Mar 13 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA. 2020 Addison Street. 510-644-2020. The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world. The Freight is an all-ages performance venue located in Berkeley, California. Coffee, teas, sodas, desserts, light snacks, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Youth are admitted at reduced price. Senior discount is $2.00. BW shares the stage at this legendary venue with the great Steve Meckfessel! This is a special evening of community gathering and support as proceeds from this concert will go to community non-profit organizations! When arriving to the show, audience members will be asked to put their ticket stub in a can to benefit one of the following non-profits: Bread and Roses, California Coast Music Camp, Crowden Music Center, and Freight & Salvage. Each non-profit will receive the ticket value plus an approximate 4x matching donation, so the organization would receive a total donation of $100 per ticket stub! Also, come early for a free pre-show wine tasting event in the lobby at 6 pm. Music at 7. $20 in advance/$22 at the door.  

Sat, Mar 19 – Songwriters in the Round at 18th Ave Peace House – Portland, OR. 2116 NE 18th Ave. A special evening of Songwriters-In-the-round with Richey Bellinger, Anna Tivel, Kelly Bosworth, and BW. To reserve seats, email richbell@spiritone.com or call 971-400-3718. $20. 6:30 doors/7:00 music. 

Sun, Mar 20 – 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 with a lovely view of Budd Bay. We serve potluck refreshments; most people bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage to share. Because seating is limited, advanced reservations are necessary for all concerts. For more information, email olymusic_at_comcast.net (substitute @ for _at_). Hope you will join us for this Sunday afternoon show! 4 pm.   

Ohmygosh, the loveliness quotient for this show is very high. These are some of my favorite people, let alone musicians, in the world. And we live in the same city now. So we’re practically neighbors! 

I can’t wait to sing my heart out in Tehachapi and hopefully I’ll figure out how to say it between now and then…

 Hmmm…I wonder what inappropriate song I might have just sung by request at Artichoke?? Thanks, Elizabeth Campbell for your wonderful photos, as always… 

We had so much fun at Folk Alliance turning hotel rooms into little concert venues. I loved swapping songs with the great Johnsmith here in The Warming House showcase room, hosted by my friend the lovely Brianna Lane. Brianna and her hubby have created a listening room in Minneapolis, how cool is that?!! Can’t wait to play there! 

Ran into my buddy, heart-breakingly good singer-songwriter Robby Hecht at the hotel bar…hmmm, I wonder how I ended up there? thanks Neale for the great pic!

Well I did it. I amazon ordered some string lights for my office here at the new BethWoodMusic world headquarters. and I must say, it defintely makes sitting at the computer more fun!

 This Kansas sky gave itself over to me as I drove away from the Folk Alliance conference. It looked like a big, long sigh. 

 And this was waiting for me when I got home…so lovely to come home t0. 

5. THE FUTURE… It’s about to get real crazy in April. The whole month is jam packed with great shows from Portland to the southeast to Texas. I’ll be racking up some frequent flyer miles and doing my songbird thing all over the place! And May is pretty much the same thing with 2 BIG CD RELEASE SHOWS in Portland and Eugene, and a very nice midwest swing.

I feel so blessed every day to get to do what I love. Thank you to all of you who support that dream through your words of encouragement and feedback and applause! And thank you for reading. 🙂 Hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141
Portland, OR 97296

World Headquarters: 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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

Down the road a piece…
4/4 O’Connor’s Vault – Portand, OR
4/8 House Concert – Annapolis, MD
4/9 Six String Presents @ Cary Theater – Cary, NC
4/14 Isis – Asheville, NC
4/16 Fleur de Lis Acoustic Series – Louden, TN
4/17 Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room – Johnson City, TN
4/19 Folk at the Cannery – Dataw Island, SC
4/22 Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas, TX
4/23 Concerts at Betty’s – San Antonio, TX
4/24 Open Ears Concerts – Austin, TX
4/29 Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX
4/30 Honey Creek House Concerts – Celina, TX
5/6 PORTLAND CD RELEASE @ ALBERTA ST PUB
5/7 EUGENE CD RELEASE @ TSUNAMI BOOKS

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February short and sweet newsy news!

February, short and sweet,

Monday, Feb 1, 2016

icon and spelled so wrong…I love ya anyway.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers and happy new year!

Can you believe it is aready February? This is getting kind of ridiculous.

There is lots of fun stuff coming up as this year really gets rolling. This month I’ll playing in OR, MO, CO, NE, and KS. I hope you will scroll down for all the newsy tidbits, photos, musings, and show details. And hope to see you at one of these places…

Fri, Feb 5 – Black Box Theater at Corvallis High School – Corvallis, OR
Sat, Feb 13 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR
Wed, Feb 17-20 – International Folk Alliance Conference – Kansas City, MO
Sun, Feb 21 – Kansas City Folkfest – Kansas City, MO
Thu, Feb 25 – 4th & Main Downtown Grille – Wray, CO
Fri, Feb 26 – Rehmsworld Concert Series @ The Balcony – Loomis, NE
Sat, Feb 27 – Last Minute Folk – Topeka, KS
Sun, Feb 28 – UU of Topeka – Topeka, KS

1. GRATITUDE. 2016 is off to a great start! I rang in the new year with my mom and dad and my bro’s family. We celebrated my folks’ 50th wedding anniversary – such a joyful way to ring in the new year! January was wonderful, and it is all because of these fine folks: John & Gigi and friends, JoAn and friends, all the brave and creative souls who attended our afternoon songwriting workshop in Bend, Russell and Delle and all at 30A Songwriters Festival, my fabulous roommates at 30A  –  Sonia Kitchell  and Crys Matthews and Elizabeth, and Ed Mellnik at KBOO Community Radio in Portland.

2. CALL TO ACTION. Hey there, Califorinians, I’ve got a few dates to inquire about. Coming up soon, on Sat, March 12 I am looking for a place to play somewhere between LA and Berkeley. I would so appreciate any ideas..house concerts, your favorite venue that presents acoustic music, etc. Also looking for a house concert in northern California the weekend of June 18-19 for me and my buddy David Stoddard! Lemme know at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any ideas? Thanks!

3. THE NEWS. I’m so thrilled about the new acoustic CD is coming together! Scott Docherty and I are working on finalizing the artwork, which is spare and beautiful and fits right in line with the spirit of the project. And I just booked two CD release parties! The really fun part is that my friend, the amazing Anna Tivel, is also releasing a CD around the same time, so we decided to join together and celebrate both releases all at once! SO we will have double CD release parties on Fri, May 6 in Portland and Sat, May 7 in Eugene. Hope you will save the date!

I’m getting to know my new community here in Portland, where we are blessed to have a great community radio station, KBOO! Ed Mellnik interviewed me for the special singer-songwriter edition of his show the Monday Sampler. You can listen at 2 pm (Pacific time) Monday, Feb 1 in Portland (90.7 FM), Hood River (91.9), or Corvallis (104.3) or online here! The show will also be archived, so if you can’t listen when it airs, you can always tune in at your own convenience on the KBOO website.

This month also brings the International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City, always a fun and chaotic dose of folk greatness! I’m looking forward to connecting with new folks and hugging old friends and making some music along the way. I’m also excited to be a part of the Kansas City FolkFest, a one day indoor folk festival open to the public of all ages. Woohoo!

I’m thrilled to be sharing the stage with some amazing artists this month. On Feb 5 in Corvallis, I get to share the stage with Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin. Both of these artists are so inspiring to me. I admire not only their musicianship, but how much Jeffrey and Anna can do with just a few words, a few notes, and a quiet delivery. It is pure magic to hear them together, so I’m excited that we’ll be doing a couple songs all together. And at the end of February, I get to share a couple shows with folk star Connor Garvey! So many of my friends know and love Connor and this will be my first chance to meet him and work with him! Connor and I both work with the same booking agent, our wonderful Renee, so when the opportunity came up for us to play together, it fell right into place!

4. FEB TOUR DATES…life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

Fri, Feb 5 – Black Box Theater at Corvallis High School – Corvallis, OR. 1400 NW Buchanan Ave. 541-750-7990. Nationally touring singer-songwriters Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin, and BW join forces for a night of brilliant songwriting and story telling. $10 at the door. 7:30 pm.

Sat, Feb 13 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR. 3100 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland’s favorite listening room hosts BW for an evening of story and song! Seating is limited. Please call 503.232.8845 for reservations! $15. 8 pm.

Wed, Feb 17-20 – International Folk Alliance Conference – Kansas City, MO. The Folk Alliance International Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Celtic, Cajun, Appalachian, Traditional, World, and Singer-Songwriter).The annual February conference (now in its 28th year) draws over 2,000 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. BW will be playing several showcases throughout the week. You must be a member of Folk Alliance to attend the conference but here is a link to events that are open to the public: http://www.folk.org/?page=PublicEvents

Sun, Feb 21 – Kansas City Folkfest – Kansas City, MO. The Kansas City Folk Fest (a revamped version of FAI’s Music Fair) is a one day indoor folk festival open to delegates and the public alike form 10am to 5pm on Sunday Feb 21st at the Westin Crown Centre, KCMO. Multiple stages, a gospel session, a square dance with caller for all ages, an artisan’s marketplace (think First Friday’s, indoors), and an epic closing concert. Artist performing include: Eric Andersen, Alison Brown, Peter Case, Los Texmaniacs, Robbie Flukes, Ensemble Iberica, Underhill Rose, Johnsmith, Young Novelists, Moors & McCumber, Beth Wood, Jellyman’s Daughter, Ayllu, Jessica Paige, Sara Morgan, Under The Big Oak Tree, Lisa Sanders, Blind Boy Paxton, Making Movies, Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Session…and many more. BW’s set time TBA. $30. 10 am- 5 pm.  http://www.folk.org/?page=musicfair

Thu, Feb 25 – 4th & Main Downtown Grille – Wray, CO. 402 Main St. 970-332-3385. Built in the early 1900’s, 4th & Main was the I.O.O.F Hall for the towns of Yuma & Wray. Host to many community and private events, the spirit of the building carries on as 4th & Main Downtown Grille! $35 dinner and show/$20 show only. All ages welcome. Dinner from 6-7, music at 7:30. Co-bill with Connor Garvey! 7:30 pm.

Fri, Feb 26 – Rehmsworld Concert Series @ The Balcony – Loomis, NE. 10775 Clifton St. Hosted by Tim & Bev Rohm. Co-bill with Connor Garvey! for reservations and more details, please go to www.rehmsworld.com. $18 adv/$20 door. 7:30 pm.

Sat, Feb 27 – Last Minute Folk – Topeka, KS. 4775 SW 21st Street, at UU Fellowship of Topeka. Last Minute Folk is a true listening room setting, offering exceptional acoustics and concert style seating. The stage and sound system are arranged without restriction to sight lines and no seat in the house is more than 40 feet from the stage, adding to the intimacy of the performance. The evening consists of two 45-minute sets of music with an intermission to provide an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and interact with the musicians. All ages are welcome. $15. 7:30. 

Sun, Feb 28 – UU Fellowship of Topeka – Topeka, KS. BW will perform special music for the Sunday morning serice.

 

Cool poster for our Feb 5 show in Corvallis. I hope that dog can come, too.

We had so much fun at John & Gigi’s house concert in Sherwood! The great Cal Scott and the great Richard Moore sat in with me on a few tunes…pure fun and pure jazzy magic!


This is what greeted me as I pulled in to the driveway at JoAn’s House Concerts in the Glen at Newport Hills. I knew right then it was going to be a wonderful afternoon/evening!


we cracked each other up all night

such a warm and wonderful place filled with gracious people. I hope all of 2016 can be like this!


Look who I ran into at the 30A Songwriters Festival!?! I got to share a set with the always luminous Betty Soo, and Lindsey Lee and Deb Rouse came to cheer us on! Lindsey and Deb are the camp hosts for the Kerrville New Folk Finalists at the Kerrville Folk Festival. They make everyone feel so welcome, just like family, and their support and loving kindness for the artists just keeps going go on and on long after the festival is over. 


Thanks, Lindsey for this pic from Amavida Coffee at 30A Fest. It was my favorite venue…so intimate and beautiful sound, and great coffee!


I went to see my roommate Crys Matthews play at this venue called Cuvee and this was lining every single wall in the place. Drool!!


Look who else I ran into at 30A! The great Don McCollister produced my “Late Night Radio” album and co-produced my “New Blood” album with Kristian Bush. Those were amazing experiences and we had SO much fun back then. Who knows… maybe we’ll work together again someday!? hmmmmm….

5. THE FUTURE.  There is much to look forward to in 2016! The release of my 10th album, the continuing exploration of the journey of my poetry book, teaching at wonderful retreats and workshops, more co-writing in Nashville and beyond, and who knows what else that I can’t even imagine right now. I hope to run another marathon this year (we’ll see…or at least a half!), try a few new things, find volunteer opportunities in my new community, and as my dear grandmother used to say, ‘keep on singing’!

Thank you for cheering me on and for your investment in my career. I am ever grateful and always remain…

your fan,

Beth Wood
PO Box 10141
Portland, OR 07296

World Headquarters: 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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

Down the road a piece…
3/11 Fiddler’s Crossing – Tehachapi, CA
3/13 Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA
3/19 18th Ave Peace House – Portland, OR
3/20 Olympia Acoustic Concerts – Olympia, WA
4/4 O’Connor’s Vault – Portand, OR
4/8 House Concert – Annapolis, MD
4/9 Six String Presents @ Cary Theater – Cary, NC
4/14 Isis – Asheville, NC
4/16 Fleur de Lis Acoustic Series – Louden, TN
4/17 Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room – Johnson City, TN
4/19 Folk at the Cannery – Dataw Island, SC
4/22 Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas, TX
4/23 Concerts at Betty’s – San Antonio, TX
4/24 Open Ears Concerts – Austin, TX
4/29 Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX
4/30 Honey Creek House Concerts – Celina, TX
5/6 PORTLAND CD RELEASE @ ALBERTA ST PUB
5/7 EUGENE CD RELEASE @ TSUNAMI BOOKS

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Hey 2016, welcome to the party! Here’s the latest news…

Hey, 2016…

Saturday Jan 1, 2016

icon welcome to the party!
 

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! It’s hard not to wax philosopical about new beginnings on a day like this, the first day of 2016! I know this year holds adventures we can’t even imagine. What could be more fun than that?! Nothing beats a clean slate if you ask me. Of course the trick is that every day is a clean slate, but you already knew that. 🙂

As usual, January is pretty calm in my touring world. Winter is a time to go inward, wear slippers, sip coffee, write, and make big pots of soup. This winter is also a time of great change for me. More on that later. But here are January’s happenings… I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, news, show details, musings and photos!

1/9 – Private House Concert – Sherwood, OR
1/10 – Afternoon Songwriting Workshop – Bend, OR
1/10 – House Concerts in the Glen at Newport Hills – Bend, OR
1/15-17 – 30A Songwriters Festival – South Walton, FL

1. GRATITUDE. What a wild ride 2015 was, and I am grateful for every precious moment! December wrapped up beautifully with a songwriting workshop and two wonderful shows in Maryland. Much gratitude to Matt Meighan, Artichoke Music, and our fine group of creativity explorers; to Scott & Paula Moore and the fine folks at Moore Music, and to Jeff and Traci King and all at Deer Creek Coffeehouse for warm hospitality and for much hard work in maintaining successful concert series. Check out this awesome video created by “Out and About” about Deer Creek Coffeehouse Concerts!

2. THE NEWS.

The big news is there has been much progress on my new CD! Thaddeus over at Liquid Mastering in Eugene did an amazing job AGAIN, and we are all done with the mastering process. What we have is an intimate collection of acoustic songs that sounds like you are sitting right next to me around a fire at the beach. It is more beautiful than I ever imagined, and I’m so thankful to Tyler Fortier for once again producing an album I am very proud of. I have settled on a title: Spring Tide. And of course, we will have a spring release. I am excited to be working with Scott Docherty at Redhare on the graphic design. I’m such a fan of his work! Stay tuned for more details!

Other news…I would like to continue offering private lessons in 2016. What a great joy it has been to work on vocals, guitar, songcraft, and performance with many folks of all ages! If you are in Oregon, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to see if we can work out a plan! And if you are not in Oregon, I have not done Skype lessons yet but I am definitely open to it. 🙂 I generally ask $30 for 45 minutes and I am open to trades and other ideas.

Other fun news for the year, I will be teaching again at the Wood and Stone Retreat in Maryland in June with the great Scott & Jen Smith and Wyatt Easterling. We had SUCH a blast last year and I absolutely loved the intimate nature of the retreat – only 15 participants, 4 workshop leaders, and of course the great Annie, our chef. It was simple magical!  I’m also thrilled to be joining Matt Meighan in co-leading two songwriting camps on the Washington coast in July. Matt and Chris Kokesh started the Zigzag Songwriting Camp a few years ago (now called Hidden River Songwriting Camp) and it has grown into a wonderful community/creativity-exploring gathering. I am honored to be there in Chris’s stead this year, and I absolutely can’t wait to experience the magic!

 

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

Sat, Jan 9 – Private House Concert – Sherwood, OR. I’m delighted to be returning to the Harpers for a house concert among their gracious friends. It was a great way to kick of 2015, and I am thrilled to kick off 2016 in the same fashion!

Sun, Jan 10 – Afternoon Songwriting Workshop – Bend, OR. Hosted by the lovely JoAn at House Conerts in the Glen at Newport Hills, we will explore our creativity and engage in the craft of songwriting in this three hour afternoon workshop! All ages and levels of experience welcome. Bring something to write on and your instrument, if you like. Afternoon tea and snacks provided. $35 for the workshop only/$45 for workshop plus evening concert. To reserve your space, please contact JoAn at HouseConcertsInTheGlen@gmail.com or 541-480-8830. 1:30 pm.

Sun, Jan 10 – House Concerts in the Glen at Newport Hills – Bend, OR. Hosted by the lovely JoAn (pronounced “Jo-Ann”) Mann, BW is thrilled to return to this wonderful house concert series! You’re invited to experience a warm gathering, bringing Artists and an appreciative community together. As always, all proceeds go to the artists and community charities. In the spirit of sharing, bring something to share (appetizer/ dessert/ beverage- I’ll have BBQ Chicken…) and a donation, (suggested $15-20/ person, as you can). Seating is limited, kindly RSVP early to HouseConcertsInTheGlen@gmail.com to reserve your seat, or contact JoAn, 541-480-8830. Open to all! Potluck at 6, music at 7.

Fri, Jan 15-Sun, Jan 17 – 30A Songwriters Festival – South Walton, FL. The 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL is known throughout the music community as a destination where writers who perform their own music, and performers who write their own songs, come together for an extended weekend to perform varied genres of music ranging from country, blues, folk, soul and Americana. For audiences, it’s a rare chance to connect with their favorite artists in a more intimate, informal setting. 30A transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 400 indoors and 4,000 outdoors.  This year’s festival will feature headline performances from esteemed artists Jackson Browne, Grace Potter, Shovels & Rope and Wine, Women & Song featuring Matraca Berg, Suzy Bogguss & Gretchen Peters, as well as Ani DiFranco, Emerson Hart (Tonic), Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Shawn Mullins, Jay Farrar (from Son Volt),Bob Schneider, David Ryan Harris (John Mayer band), Chris Stills, Jim Lauderdale, Heather Maloney and many more! Schedule TBA…

 We had so much fun at Deer Creek Coffeehouse! Love their logo!

Jeff & Traci of Deer Creek CH, my gracious hosts! 

 This is the scientific process of deciding on song order for a CD…

Got to spend the holidays in San Diego with Mom and Dad and my bro’s family.  such a spectacular sky!

I love this, thought I would share. It is from the Brave Girls Club. Hallelujah, Amen!!

 

4. THE FUTURE…
2016 holds infinite possibility for us all! And it brings great change to my life. I am starting a new life on my own in Portland, OR, a community that already holds so many dear friends and memories. 2015 saw the close of my marriage and the beginning of a new chapter. Many of you have reached out and offered support, and for that I am so grateful. Please know that my spirit is light and I am exactly where I need to be!

I can’t wait to fall in love with my new city, explore beautiful places, make new friends, and find new musical cohorts. I hope to explore and create local teaching opportunities while maintaining a life of creating, performing, touring, recording, collaborating, and generally getting myself into mischief that will help me grow. I’m learning to hold on less tightly to the idea of what my life should look like and embrace what lights me up. Most people’s eyes glaze over when I say I wrote a book of poetry, but I don’t care. I just smile in wonder at how much I love that stuff, and the poems just keep coming. 🙂 Speaking of poetry, scroll down for a New Year’s Day poem…

So thank you for supporting my creative endeavors and for cheering me on. I am a very lucky woman and I know it. I wish you an amazing 2016, and I hope to see you out there on the road with new songs in tow in this new year! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: 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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

 

Down the road a piece…

Fri, Feb 5 – Black Box Theater at Corvallis High School – Corvallis, OR               (with Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel)
Sat, Feb 13 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR
Wed, Feb 17 – Folk Alliance International Conference – Kansas City, MO
Thu, Feb 18 – Folk Alliance International Conference – Kansas City, MO
Fri, Feb 19 – Folk Alliance International Conference – Kansas City, MO
Sat, Feb 20 – Folk Alliance International Conference – Kansas City, MO
Sun, Feb 21 – Folk Alliance International Conference – Kansas City, MO
Thu, Feb 25 – 4th & Main Grille – Wray, CO (with Connor Garvey)
Fri, Feb 26 – Rehmsworld – NE (with Connor Garvey)
Sat, Feb 27 – Last Minute Folk – Topeka, KS

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY

 

I am not the antelope

whose staccato steps quicken

at any sound, her very

skin etched with electricity

and dust

 

Nor am I the kingfisher

shaped like a blade

made to slice the surface

of the deep and take his prey

in an instant

 

You would think by now

I could say what I am

 

Instead I walk through this fog

shapeless in the unfolding

New Year’s Day

and I wonder how to tell you

what I am lonely for

and why I can’t name it

 

I suppose any explanation

would do, but I can’t find one

I stumble and I wait, I

muddle through in wonder,

 

What’s one more year in

the scheme of things

 

December’s Newsy Newsletter is here!

 

Way to go, 2015!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Whoa–oa–oa, my guitar’s on fire. Thanks Uncle Dave for the photo!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

There is much to be thankful for, indeed. Here are my happenings in the month of December. I hope you’ll scroll down for news, gratitude, musings, random photos, and show details!

Sun, Dec 6 – Songwriting Workshop with Matt Meighan – Portland, OR
Fri, Dec 11 – Moore Music – Rockville MD
Sat, Dec 12 – Deer Creek Coffeehouese – Darlington, MD

 

1. GRATITUDE…Oh we had so much fun in November! BIG THANKS to Deanna & Mason & David Lamotte for making it possible for me to come and celebrate Jimmy Landry’s birthday (and Mason’s birthday and Halloween!) in Black Mountain, NC, a place that is so dear to my heart. Also dear to my heart is Jimmy Landry. Thank you to Jimmy for the invitation to play and for being a wonderful friend through the years. Thank you to the White Horse Black Mountain for hosting the show and to all who came out to celebrate. Thanks to my friends in the amazing band Darlingside for inviting me to be their guest at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland where they opened for Patty Griffin…what a night!! It was so fun to see those four lovely humans kicking ass, as they always do, to a packed house of adoring and delighted new fans. Thank you to Tyler Fortier and the Fortier family for hosting our recording sessions at the wonderful Lincoln City house. Thank you Flood for making home made mac n cheese. Thank you Tyler for making my dream for this new album come to fruition. Thank you to Jimbo & Susan and Kelley Mickwee and all at Memphis House Concerts for a fabulous night. Thank you to Mare Wakefield & Nomad for the comradarie and for hosting me in Nashville, and to Bobby Rymer, Melissa Fuller, Kim Richey, and Phil Madeira for making my recent co-writing experiences so amazing…three songs in three days…woop! Thank you to the Hurt family and friends for hosting the best party barn concert ever, and to Tom Faulkner for an endless supply of awesome. Thank you to Jeff & Judy to and Darren & Niki Groce and all who came out to The Old Firehouse, it was a lovely night! Thanks to Uncle Tom for being my roadie, and to Aunt Nancy & Uncle Dave for putting me up so many times I can’t count. Thank you to all who have ordered my poetry book…this makes me so happy!

2. THE NEWS. Well the big news is that Tyler is working on mixing the new album…woohoo! So far it sounds like you are sitting right next to me in a living room..exactly what we were hoping for. Still zooming in on a title and cover design. Stay tuned for updates. I’m hoping to have these in Feb.

Other good news, I just got the invitation to play the 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, FL in January! Special thanks to Renee for staying on it and making it happen. 30A is a gathering of hundreds of singer-songwriters and music lovers who revel in and celebrate the music for three jam-packed days. Headliners are Jackson Browne and Grace Potter. Pinch me!

Thank you to all who have supported my poetry book and have so graciously recieved it! You can get your copy of “Kazoo Symphonies” directly from me by clicking here. I have loved hearing from folks who are enjoying the book. Almost without exception, folks have told me they like to read only a few poems a day…savoring the discovery and letting the book unfold slowly over time. I love this! What an unexpected gift that a book of poems can be an invitation to slow down. Amen!

On the teaching front, I am so looking forward to co-hosting another Portland songwriting workshop with Matt Meighan on Dec 6. There is only one spot left…could it be you? 🙂 Matt has also invited me to co-lead the Hidden River Songwriting Camps with him in July in beautiful Long Beach, WA! I’m super excited for this opportunity to explore creativity and celebrate community. Doesn’t get any better than that.

 

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

Sun, Dec 6 – Songwriting Workshop with Matt Meighan – Portland, OR. At Artichoke Music, 3130 SE Hawthorne. 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. Topics will include: Finding inspiration and song ideas, how to get un-stuck, editing with heart, use of concrete imagery, putting words to music, rhyme, alliteration and sound play. 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. Details/registration, contact Matt: matt@mattmeighan.com. Only one spot left!

Fri, Dec 11 – Moore Music – Rockville MD. Scott and Paula have been presenting their favorite acoustic singer-songwriters since November 1997. That’s more than 120 concerts and 5,000 listeners in the basement, family room and backyard of their Rockville home! The atmosphere is intimate and comfortable; a chance to get to know the performers and hear their songs without the smoke and distractions of more traditional venues. For RSVP and directions: scott@mooremusic.org or 301-461-3600. $20 suggested donation. 8 pm.

Sat, Dec 12 – Deer Creek Coffeehouse – Darlington, MD. 1022 Main Street. Deer Creek Coffeehouse Concerts are intimate, candle-lit concerts held at the Episcopal Church Parish Hall. For info, 443-877-7125 ordeercreekch@zoominternet.net. $15. 7:30 pm.

 cool flyer for our songwriting workshop!

It’s a songbird sandwich with dear friends Jimmy Landry & David Lamotte..love these guys!

here is the mobile studio set up at the Lincoln City house where we barely moved for 3 days except to eat and drink beer and whiskey. Thankfully we had this guy as our studio mascot to help us relax.

BUT this was the view out the window!! I stared at the waves all day as i sang, sang, sang…I wonder if the whales heard me?

 and here’s Tyler working his magic and ruining his posture at the same time

 this is the scene in front of the house where I went running in the mornings.

my good buddy Tom Faulkner rockin out with me at the Party Barn concert!!

Omygosh, I had my own billboard at the party barn train-set village! (yes that is also me standing on the billboard). Thanks JD!

 and we had a very special guest sit in with us on washboard!! JD rocked the house with his washboard stylings!

Good buddies. Seriously, Tom is one of my musical heroes. Apparently he still likes me even after all the times I make fun of him for lengthy sound checks. 🙂

Check out this video of Tom’s song “Do Bea’s Dance” with the great JD Hurt on washboard!

tom faulkner, beth wood, jd hurt
4. THE FUTURE. Well, December and January are typically my hibernating time and I treasure that. I will soak in some quiet down time for sure, and then some things have come together in January that are too wonderful to pass up! So I’m looking forward to a Portland area house concert and a half-day workshop and house concert at JoAn Mann’s in Bend! And then of course the 30A Festival. Heck, there’s plenty of time to hibernate later. 🙂

I’d like to close with a poem of gratitude. I’m sitting here at my folks’ house in Texas listening to mixes for the new album and my heart is overflowing with it. I am so very grateful to you for supporting my artistic dreams! May this season shower you with blessings!

 

THANKSGIVING DAY PRAYER
For this day I bow down and give thanks.
For yesterday and each yesterday that came before.
For the blessings that are obvious and for
the good sense to recognize and celebrate them.
For the blessings that are downright ugly,
the lessons learned the hard way, well of
cleansing tears and grief, necessary counter-
weight to joy. For the blossoming of flavors on
my tongue and for the savoring. For these dear
humans who created me and raised me with intent,
and for their good health. For the love that is alive
in my heart, for the ability to give it away and never
empty it out, and for the ability to receive it, too.
For all who share my blood and for all who are gone.
For dear friends (chosen family) and for our priceless
laughter, shared sorrow, bright joy. For the hands
that forged these utensils, the hands that grew and
prepared this food and for all the life-force that
has gone into this very meal. For the knowledge that
this moment is all we have. For this breath
and for the next I give thanks. Cinnamon, salt,
cranberry, thyme, this is what gratitude tastes like.
Amen.
Hope to see you out there on the road soon. Your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

BW’s poetry book is here!!

 

 

 

 

Well the big news is that my poetry book is here! Titled “Kazoo Symphonies”, it is a dream come true for me. BIG THANK YOUs to Mescalita Press and Nathan & Ashley Brown for making this possible, to Chris Everett for the beautiful graphic design, to Bill S for helping to make it possbile, to Bob and Ann for feedback, and to everyone who helped with proof-reading.

KazooSymphoniesCover

I have been a poet most of my life, even before I was a songwriter. For me there is a freedom in poetry that is not present with songs. Economy of words is paramount. It’s a perfect little puzzle to try and tell a story in just a few lines, and I LOVE it!! I hope you will love it, too.

I will begin weaving a few poems in to my live shows. My friends and mentors Nathan Brown, Jim Chastain, and Tom Kimmel have taught me about the magic of weaving music and poetry together. If you haven’t connected with poetry before, I hope you’ll think of it like story-telling and give it a chance!

Many folks have been asking how they can buy a book. The best ways are to come to a live show and buy one from me, or to order here through Paypal ($15 plus $2.50 for shipping). Be sure to include your address for shipping!

November’s big, exciting news y’all!

Hello, November,
icon you are kind of a big deal.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers — I can’t believe I just typed the word “November”! Ahhhhh, autumn is here and I am smitten already. And I can’t believe my poetry book is here!!!

Dear Autumn,

Thank you for your rain-soaked fruity-pebble leaves stuck to the street, your chilly dark mornings, your chimney smoke smell, your warm mug of coffee that I wrap my hands around day after day. And thank you for bringing me my very first poetry book. I’m a little bit excited.

Hope you’ll stay for a while. Sincerely,

BW.
Ok much is happening these days so here goes. These are the places I will be singing my heart out in the near future. I hope you’ll scroll down for details, news about my poetry book, and musings.

Sun, Nov 1 – White Horse Black Mountain – Black Mountain, NC
Sat, Nov 14 – Memphis House Concerts – Memphis, TN
Fri, Nov 20 – Private Barn Concert – Mansfield, TX
Sat, Nov 21 – The Old Firehouse – Edom, TX
Sun, Dec 6 – Songwriting Workshop – Portland, OR
Fri, Dec 11 – Moore Music – Rockville, MD
Sat, Dec 12 – Deer Creek Coffeehouse Concerts – Darlington, MD
1. GRATITUDE…Thank you to the whirlwind that was October. Thank you to these folks for making it so wonderful: Pat and all at WUWF, Elizabeth T and friends, Beth & Don and friends, Misti OP an family, Nathan and Ashley, Ann and Bop, Dave and Dave and the Goddard Center, JT and Lori and friends, Bob Howard and all at the Open Door Coffeehouse, the Mazenko family.

2. THE NEWS… Well the big news is that my poetry book is here! Titled “Kazoo Symphonies”, it is a dream come true for me. BIG THANK YOUs to Mescalita Press and Nathan & Ashley Brown for making this possible, to Chris Everett for the beautiful graphic design, to Bill S for helping to make it possbile, to Bob and Ann for feedback, and to everyone who helped with proof-reading.

I have been a poet most of my life, even before I was a songwriter. For me there is a freedom in poetry that is not present with songs. Economy of words is paramount. It’s a perfect little puzzle to try and tell a story in just a few lines, and I LOVE it!! I hope you will love it, too.

I will begin weaving a few poems in to my live shows. My friends and mentors Nathan Brown, Jim Chastain, and Tom Kimmel have taught me about the magic of weaving music and poetry together. If you haven’t connected with poetry before, I hope you’ll think of it like story-telling and give it a chance!

Many folks have been asking how they can buy a book. The best ways are to come to a live show and buy one from me, or to order here through Paypal ($15 plus $2.50 for shipping). Be sure to include your address for shipping!

I’m excited to head back to Nashville in a couple weeks for some co-writing and visiting friends. That place is overflowing with talent in every corner and it is always inspiring to be there! Can’t wait to see what songs come out of this next adventure…

And finally, Tyler Fortier and family and I will be headed to the coast next week for our recording extravaganza also known as my next album. The Fortiers are some of my favorite people in the world and I am so excited to be working with them on this project. Also, Topper the Fortier-family-wonder-dog will be attending, so there’s that little piece of goodness. This is how he looks when you try to interrupt his nap:

 

3. TOUR DATES…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

Sun, Nov 1 – White Horse Black Mountain – Black Mountain, NC. 105C Montreat Rd. 828-669-0816. Join us in this beautiful listening room for Jimmy Landry’s birthday bash! $10 in advance/$12 at the door. In the round with Jimmy Landry and David Lamotte! 7:30 pm.

Sat, Nov 14 – Memphis House Concerts – Memphis, TN. For info and reservations please email or call at 901.277.0806 or jimbo@memphishouseconcerts.com. $20 suggested
donation. Kelley Mickwee opens. Doors at 7 pm, music at 8.

Fri, Nov 20 – Private Barn Concert – Mansfield, TX.

Sat, Nov 21 – The Old Firehouse – Edom, TX. 8241 FM 279. Our small, intimate, smoke-free and alcohol-free “Coffeehouse” music room is host to singer/songwriters from all over the country who stop in Edom to entertain with their original music. With concerts approximately once each month, most of the money collected for ticket sales will go to the artist. Coffee, Soft Drinks, and Desserts are available before and during the concerts. Since our room is relatively small (around 50-70 seats), we strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to insure seating. If you purchase in advance, you will be on the “Early Entry List” and be the first to enter the music room! $12 in advance/$15 at the door. Doors Open 7pm, Concert Begins at 7:30.

Sun, Dec 6 – Songwriting Workshop – Portland, OR. At Artichoke Music, 3130 SE Hawthorne. BW and Matt Meighan team up for another workshop exploring the wonder of song creation. 10 am – 4 pm.  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. Topics will include: finding inspiration and song ideas, how to get un-stuck, editing with heart, use of concrete imagery, putting words to music, rhyme, alliteration and sound play. 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. Details/registration, contact Matt: matt@mattmeighan.com

Fri, Dec 11 – Moore Music – Rockville, MD. Scott and Paula have been presenting their favorite acoustic singer-songwriters since November 1997. That’s more than 120 concerts and 5,000 listeners in the basement, family room and backyard of their Rockville home! The atmosphere is intimate and comfortable; a chance to get to know the performers and hear their songs without the smoke and distractions of more traditional venues. For RSVP and directions: scott@mooremusic.org or 301-461-3600. $20 suggested donation.

Sat, Dec 12 – Deer Creek Coffeehouse Concerts – Darlington, MD. 1022 Main Street. Deer Creek Coffeehouse Concerts are intimate, candle-lit concerts held at the Episcopal Church Parish Hall. For info, 443-877-7125 or deercreekch@zoominternet.net. $15.

 

 Loved this fun crowd at the Day’s house in FL!

here’s the whole super awesome bunch

We had a blast at the Open Door Songwriter Series in Portland! Got to sing some harmonies with Bob Howard and Rod Ewald..woop! Special thank you to Elizabeth Campbell for the awesome pics!

It was a beautiful upright with no middle foot pedal… my feet hardly knew what to do with themselves! Thank you again Elizabeth Campbell.

This is what a post-poetry book editing party at Nathan & Ahsley’s looks like! Tasted pretty damn good too.

This is the face you make when the poetry book you have always dreamed of making shows up at your front door!

And this is the ever-so-cool back cover. Thank you to Dr. Brown for the good words…

 

4. THE FUTURE…Well, we are heading in to winter, and I am ready to embrace its chilly charms. We’re heading in to the hibernating time, time to reflect and recharge. But before that, I’ve got some super awesome shows in MD and a Portland workshop in December!

Thank you for keeping up with my newsy news and for cheering me on every step of the way in my artistic journey. I am so blessed. I hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

October, I love you already.

Hello, October…

Thursday Oct 1, 2015

icon I love you already.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers – time for a quick update from the road. September has simply flown by in stellar fashion, and I continue to feel blessed every day for my life making music. I will keep it brief as I must rest up for a big driving day and show tomorrow. Here’s what’s coming up in October…

10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL

10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL

10/4 – Sarasota show cancelled

10/9 – Goddard Center Gardens – Ardmore, OK

10/10 – Private Party – Dallas, TX

10/17 – Open Door Songwriter Series – Portland, OR

1. GRATITUDE…Extreme gratitude to the following for making September possible and great: Silvan Ridge Winery, Art in the Pearl, Brad Tisdel and all staff, instructors, and participants at the Americana Song Academy, Sisters Folk Festival, Ann & Bob Wood, Do Mi & Tricia, Ocea and family, Heather Morgan, James & Karen Casto, Bluebird Cafe, Jim Parker, Steve and UU of Columbia, Kelle and all at BK House Concerts, and Pat Crawford and WUWF.

2. THE NEWS…Next week is our final meeting regarding the poetry book. Thank you to all who have given proofreading input. Very soon it will be REAL! Here is a new poem from my last trip to Minnesota just for fun.

Tyler Fortier and I have set aside three days at a house on the Oregon coast in early November to record my next album. This will be album number 10. It will be elemental and acoustic. New songs are pouring in. Working title is “Paper Kites”. More coming soon…

3. OCTOBER TOUR DATES…Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL. Lovely outdoor house concert hosted by Elizabeth T. Open to all fans of BW! Gathering at 6, music at 7. Suggested donation $15-$20. Please call 904.314.6090. for info and reservations. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, a snack to share, and/or your beverage of choice.

10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL. A house concert in The Villages hosted by the Days. Please email zoeday51@hotmail.com for info. $15 suggested donation.

10/4 – Sarasota show cancelled

10/9 – Goddard Center Gardens – Ardmore, OK.  401 1st S.W. A lovely outdoor concert at the Goddard Center gardens! $15 suggested donation.

10/10 – Private Party – Dallas, TX

10/17 – Open Door Songwriter Series – Portland, OR. at the Historic Ascension Episcopal Chapel, 1823 SW Spring St. 5:30 potluck and gathering. 6:15 music. suggested donation of $15. All ages welcome.

11/1 – White Horse Black Mountain – Black Mountain, NC. 105 C Montreat Rd. I’m thrilled to be playing this show with David Lamotte and Jimmly Landry to Jimmy celebrate his birthday! More details to come…

CUTE PICS OF RANDOM STUFF…

ahhh the glory that is the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy. It is my great privilege and pleasure to be a part of both of these amazing events! This was our line-up for the Sunday Community show… seriously!?!?! So awesome I almost fainted. I’m about to faint right now thinking about it.

i was so excited that my mentor and favorite singer-songwriter Chris Rosser got to come to Sisters this year! It was a blast to share the stage with him!


this was the backstage view from the Five Pines stage at Sisters Folk Fest…breathtaking!


it was a blast to return to the UU Coffeehouse in Columbia, SC! here is where i learned about a spicy ginger ale made in SC that is so good with bourbon it should probably be illegal.


the beautiful grand piano at WUWF in Pensacola, FL, where the folks have been so good to me i hardly know how to thank them.

4. THE FUTURE…I am so blessed to be making music. November and December will hold some wonderful shows and creative endeavors, and then the end of the year will wind down to that quiet winter hum that I so crave and enjoy. Thank you for reading, for showing up, for telling your friends, for clapping, and for giving my music a home in your hearts. I could not do this with out you. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

 

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

September, I’ve been waiting for you!

Hello there, September

Monday Aug 31, 2015

icon I’ve been waiting for you!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

What a whirlwind the past month has been with stops in WA, MT, CO, MN and WI…I’m excited to head back west to catch my breath and get ready for September! Here’s where I’ll be in September. I hope you’ll scroll down for more details, musings, news and stuff!

Fri, Sep 4 – Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR

Sat, Sep 5 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR

Tue, Sep 8-Fri, Sep 11 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sat, Sep 12-Sun, Sep 13 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

Thu, Sep 24 – Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN

Fri, Sep 25 – Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series – Huntsville, AL

Sat, Sep 26 – UU Coffeehouse – Columbia, SC

Sun, Sep 27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC

 

1. GRATITUDE. Wow, where to begin. August was full of blessings, great shows, and much needed time with friends. Much gratitude to all these fine folks for making it wonderful. Chris & Nadia, the Meadows family and friends, Renee, T & Chris & G, Mendhi & Shawn & Jenna and all at the Evergreen Nature Center benefit, all at Columbine Spiritual Center in Boulder, Steve S and all the staff and instructors at Song Schook, Sarah Sample, Mai Bloomfield and my song school family, Tom Faulkner and the Pedersen family, Dave & Molly Stoddard, Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, The Dalton Opera House, Cindy & Carol at the Nave, Tom and everyone at the Whitewall Sessions, Union Pizza & Brewing, Barb & Jan and all at Lelladgio, Kent & Heidi at Green Galaxy Garage, Ron and Margaret and all at the UU of La Crosse, and Dave and Matthew and all the wonderful folks at the Great River Folk Festival!

2. THE NEWS. The poetry book is here! We did a very short run so that we could get some eyes on it for proofreading purposes. Someone recently asked me, “how do you proofread poetry?”. An excellent question indeed! Mainly we’re looking for blatant typos, errors in alignment and layout, etc. Once that is done we will be ready to go to press for real!

Dave Stoddard and I had such an amazing tour…we’re hoping to do that again very soon! Thanks to all the kind folks in MN, WI & SD who cheered us on. We celebrated the grand finale of our tour at The Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI, a magical, sweet, warm gathering of music loving folks along the riverside. We heard music that blew our minds and made new friends…what a blast!!

Well it’s almost time for the Sisters Folk Festival and Song Academy! It’s my favorite week of the year and I can’t wait for another amazing experience. I’m super excited that my friend and mentor Chris Rosser will be coming to the festival and academy to share his music and wisdom. If you haven’t seen Chris before, prepare to be blown away and deeply touched!

This fall will be super busy with shows and adventures, and I am looking forward to collaborating again with my friend the insanely talented Tyler Fortier on a new project of new songs. Stay tuned on that!

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

Fri, Sep 4 – Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR. 541-345-1945. 27012 Briggs Hill Road. I’m excited to return to beautiful Silvan Ridge’s Friday Concert Series. 6-8 pm. Free.

Sat, Sep 5 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR. Art In The Pearl®, Portland Oregon’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. The 19th annual festival will occur on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5th, 6th & September 7th, 2015 in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is FREE and requires NO TICKETS for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country (source: Art Fair Source Book). Our festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. BW will play the Art in the Pearl Stage at 1 pm!

Tue, Sep 8-Fri, Sep 11 – 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. BW’s favorite week of the year. 🙂

Sat, Sep 12-Sun, Sep 13 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. The Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass. 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 plays at the Five Pine Stage on Saturday with the great Chris Rosser at noon! And don’t miss the Sunday Community Celebration Sunday at 10 am – BW hosts!

Thu, Sep 24 – Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN. 4104 Hillsboro Pike. 615-383-1461. In the round at the famous Bluebird Cafe with James Casto, Heather Morgan and Michael Logen. Reservations are open to the public beginning one week before the show and can be made on line at www.bluebirdcafe.com.

Fri, Sep 25 – Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series – Huntsville, AL. At Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St. 256-533-1953. At the Von Braun Center Playhouse. BW is the special guest for this long-running songwriters show! Tickets at www.vonbrauncenter.com. 6:30 pm.

Sat, Sep 26 – UU Coffeehouse – Columbia, SC. 2701 Heyward Ave. The Coffeehouse is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. We offer a family friendly, smoke-free listening environment for the appreciation of original singer/songwriter music. Featuring musicians who tour nationally and internationally, the UU is a favorite performing and listening room for musicians who bring unique original music to the Columbia area. Tickets are $17 for adults at the door and $15 bought online in advance, or with reservations. $3 for students regardless. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the main show starts at 8 p.m. We encourage you to buy your tickets in advance by following the “Buy Tickets Online” link below. You’ll pick up your tickets at the door. Or, reserve your seats online through our online form or by calling (803) 200-2824.

Sun, Sep 27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC. To ensure you have a seat, we recommend you contact either Kelle at kelle.olwyler@gmail.com, or Betty at bfriedrichsen2650@charter.net to make reservations. $15 suggested donation. Potluck begins at 6 – feel free to bring a dish to share. 7 pm music.

this gorgeous sky greeted me as I left beautiful Port Angeles.

loved my time in Evergreen, CO, check out the slide show!

sweet Sarah Sample at Song School. Loved singing with her and Mai Bloomfield! She was our camp hostess with the mostest.


Gorgeous setting singing with Tom Faulkner in the Pedersens’ back yard.


and then THIS happened… WHAAAAT!?!?!


so here’s where we ended up. 🙂 what a great night, not for the faint of heart!


check out our tour thank you gifts!!


beautiful Fergus Falls concert in the park. We opened up for the original “Footloose” movie. 


Boulder flowers… yes.

4. THE FUTURE…It will be a busy touring fall and then taper off into a calm winter…just like I like! Looking forward to seeing you all out there on the road. Thank you so much for reading my musings and engaging with my music. I simply could not do it without you! With gratitude from your fan,

 

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

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

 

Down the road a piece….

10/1 – Private Event – Pensacola, FL

10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL

10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL

10/4 – Turtle Rocks the House Concert – Sarasota, FL

10/9 – House Concert – Ardmore, OK

10/10 – Private Party – Dallas, TX

10/17 – Open Door Songwriter Series – Portland, OR

11/1 – White Horse Black Mountain – Black Mountain, NC

 

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