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February, short and sweet,

Monday, Feb 1, 2016

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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

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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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August Newsy News…more refreshing than a watermelon popsicle!

Hey August, I love ya

Friday Jul 31, 2015

icon but geez, cool your jets already!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

We are scorching up here in the northwest! Good thing I had lots of practice with heat like this growing up in west Texas, where the road tar bubbled up on summer days. May we all get our selves to the closest river or lake or pool of cool water ASAP!

Here’s what’s happening in steamy August…as always I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, news, show details, pics, and other musings!

 1. GRATITUDE.

Special huge thanks to these wonderful folks for making July so awesome: Karen & James Casto and all at Home By Dark, Jesse & Jess Terry, Chattanooga Market, Route 5 NW Wine Bar, Doug & Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, Moe Dixon, PJ, Tisdel family, Gary & Kathy Lynch and Camarillo Cafe folks, Gary & Terri Trobridge & Living Tradition folks, The Koles, Heidi & Vance & Erin and friends, Jeanette Lundgren, Chico Schwall, Scott & Tsunami Books, the Craven family and all at Rivertunes, and dear friends Misti O-P, Ocea and Mazenko family, Ara Lee, and Gentle Thunder.

2. THE NEWS.

I am fresh off of my first time to RiverTunes music camp, a four-day long musical community romp led by the incomparable, inexhaustable Joe Craven. What a BLAST we had there by the American River soaking up the creativity and the musical magic of our brothers and sisters! Big thank you’s to Joe & Pamela & Hattie Craven, and to all of the wonderful Rivertuners who made me feel so welcome and loved! My songwriting class adventurers made me so proud…I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it!

On that note I am thrilled to be co-leading a day-long songwriting workshop in Portland with the wonderful Matt Meighan in December. Stay tuned for details…

At the end of RiverTunes, I got the news that my poetry book is being printed while we speak! Some people dream of fame and fortune and owning their own jet…I dream of having my very own book of poetry! We are only doing a very short run at first so that we may hold it in our hands and scour with an eagle eye for typos and mistakes. Once we get that done, it’s off the races! I can’t wait to share this with you. Here’s a sneak peak of the amazing cover by Chris Everett!

August will bring me to the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School again, this time as a student. It was my birthday present to myself. I look forward to dipping my toes in the St. Vrain River and soaking up all the creative and musical wonderment that that surrounds that place. I’m thrilled for two very special Colorado concerts in Evergreen and Colorado Springs, and I will be bringing the Magical Fishing Pants of Destiny because I hope to sneak in some good fly-fishing time while I’m there.

Then I get to launch off to MN and WI for another whirlwind tour with my buddy Dave Stoddard! Dave is one of my favorite writers, musicians and humans. We laugh so much sometimes it’s unprofessional. :) Our tour is anchored by the wonderful Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI, which I have been hearing about for years. I’m thrilled to be able to experience it! If you’re anywhere near, here’s what to expect:

pixies unplugged (live - newport folk festival 2005)

In other news, Tyler Fortier and I are making another CD together! This time it will be a stripped-down, all-acoustic, just-me-and-my-guitar-and-voice kind of thing. We will record over the course of a weekend on the Oregon coast in October. There is no one else I would trust to produce this project and I’m excited to get the new songs down! I will share more details as they develop.

 3. AUGUST SHOWS

Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Sat, Aug 1 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR. 218 E. 5th Ave. 541-393-6551. Join us for wine and music on the beautiful patio from 6-8 pm.

Tue, Aug 4 – Private Party – Port Angeles, WA

Fri, Aug 7 – Concert at The Place – Evergreen, CO. 27888 Meadow Drive. House concert at The Place! Hosted by the Audlin family. 7 pm gathering, 7:30 pm music. A benefit the Evergreen Nature Center/Evergreen Audubon. More info here: http://tinyurl.com/nt8rq3d. 7:30 pm.

Sun, Aug 9-Fri, Aug 14 – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School – Lyons, CO

Sat, Aug 15 – Pederson Backyard Concert – Colorado Springs, CO. The tradition continues with the great Tom Faulkner! One of the most beautiful outdoor concert settings hosted by good friends the Pedersons. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested in joining the fun.

Thu, Aug 20 – Concerts in the Park – Fergus Falls, MN. Roosevelt Park on Randolph Avenue. Free concert series at Roosevelt Park (across from Kennedy Secondary School). With the great Dave Stoddard! 6:30-8pm.

Fri, Aug 21 – Dalton Opera House – Dalton, MN. Summit Ave. An old historic opera house being lovingly restored. With the great Dave Stoddard. $15 at the door. All ages welcome. 7:30 pm.

Sat, Aug 22 – The Nave – Erhard, MN. BW and Dave Stoddard return to this beautiful outdoor venue. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com for details.

Wed, Aug 26 – The White Wall Sessions – Sioux Falls, SD. The White Wall Sessions is an innovative TV and radio program that showcases local, regional and national music acts performing original acoustic, americana, bluegrass, folk and blues in a laid back, intimate setting. The White Wall Sessions is recorded in a small studio in Sioux Falls, SD. The White Wall Sessions airs on Keloland TV Saturday nights at 10:30 CT, immediately following the local news, and again at 2 am . (9:30 & 1:30 MT). BW and Dave Stoddard. 6:00 pm.

Thu, Aug 27 – Lellodgio House Concert Series – Iron River, WI. With the great Dave Stoddard. Doors at 7, music at 7:30. $15 suggested donation. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com for details.

Fri, Aug 28 – Green Galaxy Garage Concerts – Hopkins, MN. 210 12th Ave North. Potluck begins at 6–concert at 7PM. $15.00 suggested donation. Please bring your own chair and your own choice of beer or wine. With the great Dave Stoddard!

Sat, Aug 29 – Great River Folk Festival – La Crosse, WI. Riverside Park – 100 Block, State St. Held the weekend before Labor Day is moving to the Riverside Park downtown La Crosse, the Great River Folk Festival is an interactive community event for all ages that preserves and promotes traditional and contemporary folk culture through music, crafts, dance and food. BW and Dave Stoddard will be performing at workshops and stages throughout the festival! Tickets $20-$50. 

Sun, Aug 30 – Great River Folk Festival – La Crosse, WI. BW and Dave Stoddard play the farewell concert Sunday at 4:30 pm. 

 

 So true…

Check out this motley crew! Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm was once again magical, insancely fun, truly heart-warming with many moments of musical transcendence. Love these guys, my musical brothers.

The Home By Dark stage…look how tiny we are! I guess technically we were not home by dark but who’s counting.This was the view from the stage at the beautiful Trout Lake Festival of the Arts! Took my breath away and then Moe Dixon’s music took us all on a joyful ride until the sun came out!

Check out this ad I saw in my Food Network Magazine! Anyone know someone important at Hilton?? I think they need a theme song. :)

Had so much fun in southern California, where it rained like crazy and everyone thanked me for bringing it with me from Oregon.

 I love the stage at Tsunami Books! So much poetry to lose myself in before and after the show…

 but this has got to be my favorite section of all!

Ahhh, the fun we had at Rivertunes!! My fellow songwriting adventurers were so wonderful…I loved sharing that time geeking out about how much we love songs!

ahhhh, the American River. Such a cool relief on those 100 degree days. I jumped in many times and secretly wished I could fish here. :)

Spent a day by the Fall River up near Bend, OR. Despite wearing the Magical Fishing Pants of Destiny, I did not catch fish. But I did spend a day by the river. Score one for the win column. 

 4. THE FUTURE

I can’t believe we are staring down the coming of autumn of this beautiful year! Many changes abound and many changes ahead. I am ever grateful to you for support of me on my musical journey. If you are new to this mailing list, thank you for your interest in my shenanigans – musical and otherwise. And if you have been reading these newsy updates for a while, thank you for believing in me and investing your time in my mission. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Great stuff down the road a piece…

9/4 Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR

9/5 Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR

9/8-11 Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

9/12-13 Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

9/25 Jim Parker’s Songwriter Showcase – Huntsville, AL

9/26 – UU Coffeehouse Concert Series – Columbia, SC

9/27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC

10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL

10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL

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

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Hey July, let’s celebrate!

Hey July, let’s celebrate!Monday Jun 29, 2015
icon I believe some fireworks are in order.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!The heat is on here in Eugene! Summer is blazing and I hope you are staying cool and enjoying these long days wherever you are.  I will keep it short and sweet because who has time to read emails when there are summer adventures to be had!? I wanted to let you know what’s coming up in July!  Here goes…1. GRATITUDE2. THE NEWS

3. JULY SHOWS

4. THE FUTURE

1. GRATITUDE. Extra special thanks to Bill & Pat, Jim & Gordon, Neil & Lynn, Colleen and all at the University Club in Albany, to the Schulz family and their generous friends, to Dylan and Mike & all at Artsville NY, to Jen & Scott & Annie & Phil and all the wonderful partipants at the Wood and Stone Retreat, to the City of Crisfield, to Steve & friends for fun times and great singing, and to Route 5 NW Wine Bar for supporting local musicians.

2. THE NEWS. July is jam packed with greatness – I’m smiling just thinking about it! It starts off with two shows at my favorite concert series ever with some of my favorite musical cohorts ever! Can’t wait for two fabulous nights at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta, GA, followed by a Sunday afternoon visit to the Chattanooga Market. Then it’s on to another great local wine bar show, and a  new festival in Trout Lake, WA, some new fabulous venues in southern CA, a local fundraiser for the FAR West Folk Alliance, and finally Joe Craven’s Rivertunes Music Camp, where I’m thrilled to be teaching and learning with all the folks there alongside the south fork of the American River…whew!

What a profoundly awesome time we had at the Wood and Stone Retreat in Crisfield, MD! Jen and Scott Smith (of the duo Naked Blue) were wonderful and gracious hosts to us at beautiful Jane’s Island State Park. They even treated us to a crab feast on our last night! I loved my time there getting to know all the couragous folks who came to spend a few days in the woods and explore to their creativity. I’m super excited to be invited back as an instructor again next year…woop! 

Charlie Paparella from WBOC TV came and spent some time with us at the Wood and Stone Retreat. Click on the link here to check out this cool piece he put together!

My time at the Wood and Stone retreat got my wheels spinning in the most wonderful way. What if I took the leap and hosted a creative retreat? Where would that be? Who would join me? My mom has already volunteered to be our chef so that alone makes it an amazing experience! :) It was inspiring to see Jen & Scott’s vision put into action, and it was a great reminder of the power of dreamers that DO!! Stay tuned for more brainstorming…and holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have ideas…your thoughts and feedback are welcome!

Here’s one more thing I wanted to share. In the spirit of the Rivertunes music camp coming up, whose mission is “to validate, encourage and promote the creative music abilities of all people with informally learned American Roots Music,” I wanted to share this article I came across. It turns out that everone CAN sing, as I have long suspected! It’s one of the reasons I’m passionate about sharing my love for singing. Because like many skills, singing is not just for people who make it look easy. It’s for everyone and it can be learned and developed! Duh! 

3. JULY SHOWS

Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Fri, July 3 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. HOME BY DARK is a songwriters in the round concert event unlike anything you’ve seen or heard. We feature the best performing songwriters in America accompanied by the best instrumentalists on the planet. Hear the stories behind the songs and witness powerful performances as honest and as authentic as they come… from the writers themselves. Chukkar Farm is a gorgeous polo farm and stunning setting for these concerts! In the round show with James Casto, Jesse Terry and BW and some of the finest musicians in the world! $19 general admission. See Home By Dark website for or ticket info. 8 pm. 

Sat, July 4 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. Same as above!

Sun, July 5 – Chattanooga Market – Chattanooga, TN. @ First Tennessee Pavilion – 1829 Carter Street. A local staple, the Market blends a farmers and artists market with community ties. Every Sunday, Chattanooga Market features farms and food artisans selling produce, meats, cheeses, breads and specialty prepared foods, keeping the selection varied and fresh. Additionally, we host local and regional artists and crafters offering unique finds such as pottery, jewelry, photography, apparel, home and beauty products…. fresh cut flowers are a big draw too.At Chattanooga Market it’s either grown, baked, sewn or made by our vendors; we’re a producer only market. Live music, with trending musicians, is featured on the EPB stage for two free shows each Sunday. Admission and parking are always free – come see why we are the region’s largest most authentic public markets. BW plays on Peach Festival day! 12:30 pm.   

Thu, July 9 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR. 218 E. 5th Ave. Join us for music and wine and delicous grub on the beautiful patio from 6-8! 

Sat, July 11 – Trout Lake Festival of the Arts – Trout Lake, WA. Since its inception in 1996, Trout Lake Arts Council (a 501©3 nonprofit organization) has organized and presented a two day Festival on the second weekend of July. All the work of organizing the Festival is accomplished by volunteers. Our vision is to provide a venue for artists to display and sell their work in a beautiful setting with outstanding amenities including music, food, and children’s art projects. BW will play two sets… 11 am and 1 pm. 

Fri, July 17 – Camarillo Cafe – Camarillo, CA. 1605 E. Burnley St. 805-907-8318. A smoke-free and alcohol-free coffeehouse-style concert series sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Recreation Park District and hosted by Gary & Kathy Lynch. Although not an actual dining establishment, the Camarillo Café is a delightful, intimate coffeehouse-style concert series in Camarillo, California. On the third Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November, the finest singers, songwriters and musicians from the Southern California area and beyond will entertain you. $15 suggested donation. All ages welcome. 8 pm.

Sat, July 18 – The Living Tradition Concert Series – Anaheim, CA. The Anaheim Downtown Community Center 250 E. Center St. (714) 955-3807. The Living Tradition is a non-profit organization working to support and preserve traditional music and dance in Southern California. We host contra dances, contemporary and traditional folk music concerts, and traditional music jams nearly every month at the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center in Anaheim. All of our events are family-friendly and are open to the public. Admission prices for dances and concerts are modest, and children under 18 years are free with a paid adult. Bring your friends, make new friends, get some exercise (dancing), or just relax and enjoy traditional American music. The Living Tradition events are partially funded by a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council. For reservations, concert information and booking inquiries, please contact Gary Trobridge at concerts@thelivingtradition.org or (714) 955-3807. $16 per person ($13 with Living Tradition membership discount). Children under 18 FREE with paid adult. Free Parking. 7:30 pm.

Sun, July 19 – House Concert – Chino Hills, CA. Email bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com for info.

Fri, July 24 – FAR West Folk Alliance Benefit at Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. Mother Hen Promotions Fundraiser to raise awareness of Folk Alliance Region West in the PacNW as well as funds for the use at FAR-West (Folk Alliance Region West) 2015 conference Howard Larman Scholarship (to pay registration fees for artists who might not otherwise be able to attend the conference) and the Venue Sponsorship Fund. FAR-West’s ongoing mission (since 2002) is to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the Western United States and Canada.Featuring Chico Schwall and BW. $5-$20 donation at the door. 7:30 pm.

Sun, July 26-Thu, July 30 – Rivertunes Music Camp – Coloma, CA. American River Resort – 6019 New River Road. RiverTunes is a small community-based volunteer assisted Music Camp, whose purpose is to validate, encourage and promote the creative music abilities of all people with informally learned American Roots Music. We are three and a half days of acoustic music instruction, performance opportunities, evening activities, jamming, dance and more in a breathtaking outdoor setting in the heart of California’s beautiful gold country. It’s an opportunity to study with a variety of string, voice, percussion and keyboard-based instruments in a variety of genre. Traditional and Contemporary Folk and Americana, Blues, Pop, Hawaiian, Tin Pan Alley, Bluegrass, Old Time, Swing and Dance are just some of the styles delved into. Improvisation, Rhythm, Songwriting, Theory, Performance Craft and Jamming are a few of the popular topics.Camping out under the stars,making new friends and reuniting with friends of RiverTunes past, eating delicious/nutritious catered food, tons of laughter, very little sleep, and so much more, are what await us every year.

check out the greeting committee at our West Chester house concert!! Seriously y’all, the Schulz family throws the BEST party, and they know how to make a girl feel welcome!

 well looky here what my friends Pat & Mini-Cooper Bill gave me…woop!!!


A mysterious light-lined cruise ship window appeared behind me in Brooklyn at Artsville, NY!

the crew from the Wood and Stone retreat…SO much fun!

my little house in the woods at Jane’s Island State Park. If that doesn’t say ‘writer’s retreat’ I don’t know what does! 

 democracy in action! Here we are deciding our schedule for the last day…


loved singing with Phil Madeira and  Naked Blue!

 our delious back porch crab feast thanks to Jen & Scott & Annie (our fabulous chef)…welcome to Maryland! Thank you Sam Segal for the great pics from the concert and retreat!

 took my breath away…

 Hey, Route 5 Wine Bar, I love the new sign! :) 

can’t wait to be a part of this fest! even if i weren’t playing i would still want to go to there.


4. THE FUTURE. The rest of the summer holds many more travels for me. I’m thrilled to be heading to CO and then doing some more shows with the great Dave Stoddard, including closing out the Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI. Woop! 

I’m still plugging away at my poetry book, trying to get the art work just right. I’m letting things percolate a bit on the song of the month club and next project – a live acoustic album. I have learned over the years that I am slow to process sometimes, but that’s ok with me (see “Backroads”). :)  All will happen in good time, exactly when it should. Sometimes a seed takes time to grow!

Thank you for cheering me on and for supporting me in my musical journey! May your summer be long and filled with adventures!  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!

 

Down the road a piece…

8/1- Eugene, OR – Route 5 NW Wine Bar 

8/4- Port Angeles, WA – Private Party 

8/7- Evergreen, CO – House Concert at The Place 

8/9  – Boulder, CO – Columbine Unity Church – special music

8/10-14 – Lyons, CO- Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School

8/15 – Colorado Springs, CO- Pederson Backyard Concert w/Tom Faulkner 

8/20 – Fergus Falls, MN – Concerts in the Park w/Dave Stoddard

8/21  – Dalton, MN- Dalton Opera House w/Dave Stoddard

8/22 – Elizabeth, MN- The Nave w/Dave Stoddard 

8/27 – Iron River, WI- Lellodgio House Concert Series w/Dave Stoddard 

8/28  – Hopkins, MN- Green Galaxy Garage Concerts w/Dave Stoddard

8/29 – La Crosse, WI- Great River Folk Festival w/Dave Stoddard

8/30 – La Crosse, WI- Great River Folk Festival w/Dave Stoddard 

9/4 – Eugene, OR- Silvan Ridge Winery 

9/5 – Portland, OR – Art in the Pearl

9/8-11- Sisters, OR – Americana Song Academy 

9/12 – Sisters, OR – Sisters Folk Festival

9/13 – Sisters, OR – Sisters Folk Festival 

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June Newsy Newsletter is here!

Hello June!

Tuesday May 26, 2015

icon Welcome to the blooming rose party!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring as much as I am! The roses here in Eugene are in their full glory. It simply takes my breath away. So I’m walking around breathless thinking I should tell you about what’s coming up!

Fri, May 29 – University Club Fundraiser & Concert – Albany, NY

Sat, May 30 – Private House Concert – West Chester, PA

Sun, May 31 – Artsville NY House Concert – Brooklyn, NY

Thu, Jun 4 – Mon, Jun 8 – Wood and Stone Retreat – Crisfield, MD

Sat, Jun 6 – City Dock Serenade Concert – Crisfield, MD

Fri, Jun 12 – Private Vocal Workshop – Eugene, OR

Tue, Jun 23 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR

Sat, Jun 27 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR

1. GRATITUDE. Special thanks to these wonderful folks who helped make May so magical…Ann & Bob, Terri & Sarah, and all of the amazing team and supporters of Brazos Valley House Concerts, Tom & Cindy Faulkner, Danny Green and all at Patrick’s Place, Freddy & Francine and Axe & Fiddle, Ben Debaldo and the amazing musicians and supporters at Rogue Valley Roots Festival, Ginger & Larry, Bill & Sue & Scott and all a Peninsula Arts Center, Ocea and family, and to everyone who made my birthday so special.

2. CALL TO ACTION. I’ve got a couple of dates to fill so thought I’d shout it out and see if anyone has ideas or interest in hosting a house concert! Firstly, I’m looking for a southern California show on Sunday, July 19. Anyone have ideas? And secondly, my friend David Stoddard will be doing an August tour in WI and MN. We’re looking for a house concert or other super cool event on fri, aug 28. It needs to be close driving distance to La Crosse, WI, where we are playing at the Great River Folk Festival on 8/29 and 30!

3. THE NEWS.

The big news of my summer is teaching opportunities. I am THRILLED to be leading workshops at the Wood and Stone Retreat coming up next week in MD and also at Joe Craven’s Rivertunes music camp in CA in July. There are a few slots left at the Wood and Stone retreat so come on and join us if you can! I’m also honored to be asked to lead another private vocal workshop here in Eugene this month. It is a fun 45 minute long exploration of breathing for singing and ways to access natural and easy singing! If anyone has interest in this workshop, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com!

In other news, I’ve got a really sweet run of northeast shows coming up.. a wonderful fundraiser concert for the University Club in Albany, a private house concert in West Chester, PA, and the amazing Artsville NY house concert series in Brooklyn. If you have peeps in Albany or New York City, please feel free to pass along the info!!

And I’m excited to be continuing my weird hobby of singing our National Anthem at opening night of our Eugene Emeralds baseball team and also on the Sat, June 23! I had a chance to sing it for our soccer team, Lane United’s opening game and it was a blast.

I was so fortunate to be playing at the Peninsula Arts Center in Long Beach, WA at the same time that the great Scott Docherty was filming for their promotional video. Scott set up several cameras and we even toyed with the idea of having a doggie cam but decided it might be too distracting! :) Here is the end result after Scott’s masterful editing. It’s a realitively new song called “Gone Too Soon”.  and another one of “Whiskey”! Thank you, Scott!

beth wood - gone too soon

beth wood -whiskey

 

Well my poetry book is in motion! I have decided on a title: “Kazoo Symphonies”, and I saw some cover ideas from wonderful graphic artist Chris Everett. Now it is in the fine-tuning stages…can’t believe it’s really happening! Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me to share my poetry…be careful what you wish for! :)

And finally I turn my thoughts to the folks in Texas who are reeling from this epic weather and flooding. I turn my prayers to those devastated by this and to friends who are coming together to help their community. I turn my heart toward Texas where it was formed and began beating. Texas is strong and will rebuild. In the mean time I’m sending my love there. I recorded my “The Weather Inside” CD in Wimberley at Blue Rock Studio and it was a transformative experience. Billy and Dodee are ok and reaching out and helping their neighbors. I’ll be donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief, which I know is a small gesture but it is something I can do. You can find info here.

4. JUNE SHOWS…Life is so uncertain. Please call ahead!

Fri, May 29 – University Club Fundraiser & Concert – Albany, NY. 141 Washington Ave. 518-463-1151. The University Club of Albany was founded in 1901 by prominent citizens of the Albany area in order to “establish and maintain assembly rooms, promote social activities among the members and cultivate and maintain university spirit in the City of Albany.” More than one hundred years later, the history and tradition endures. The University Club continues to attract the best and brightest from all walks of life and to offer services and facilities that respond to the current social and business needs of a diverse and unique membership. BW is thrilled to be a part of the 5th Annual Pinkster Celebration and Fundraiser evening! This concert is a fundraiser for repairs to the National-Register listed University Club building! All are welcome! $25. The 2015 Pinkster Celebration will feature a cocktail reception with light fare and cash bar from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the concert by Beth Wood. Two levels of tickets are available for the Pinkster Celebration with Beth Wood: $25 per person for General Admission or $50 per person for Preferred Seating. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or tickets may be purchased online at www.universityclubalbany.com.  7 pm.   

Sat, May 30 – Private House Concert – West Chester, PA. 

Sun, May 31 – Artsville NY House Concert – Brooklyn, NY. Artsville hosts intimate live music experiences called house concerts. Tickets are $15. Doors at 7:30 pm. Music at 8:00 pm. Tickets available now here: http://www.welcometoartsville.com/tickets/2015/5/31/beth-wood-artsville-house-concerts-ny  (You get the secret address when you buy a ticket. Seating is limited.) This season in Artsville NY we’re recording each House Concert and releasing a special live EP from each show! Every ticket holder will receive a free download code at the show!! $15 suggested donation. 8 pm. 

Thu, Jun 4 – Mon, Jun 8 – Wood and Stone Retreat – Crisfield, MD.Jane’s Island State Park (The park is located in Somerset County near Crisfield and may be reached by MD RT 13 to Westover; RT 413, approximately 11 miles to Plantation Road (right turn), 1 1/2 miles to park entrance (Alfred Lawson Drive, right turn). The Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat was dreamed up by musicians Scott & Jen Smith (of the duo Naked Blue) to continue and celebrate the learning and community that takes place in their Baltimore studio. Every June, Scott & Jen host their Songwriting Retreat at Jane’s Island State Park in Crisfield, MD, as well as assorted Day Workshops in a variety of locations. BW is thrilled to be a part of this year’s retreat along with Scott, Jen, and the great Phil Madeira. Let the fun begin!! There are a few spots left!! Info about registration is here: http://www.woodandstoneretreat.com/registration_info.html   

Sat, Jun 6 – City Dock Serenade Concert – Crisfield, MD. 1300 W. Main Street. City Dock Serenade…Join songwriters and performers Phil Madeira and BW, plus duo Naked Blue, for a free concert on the City Dock. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of stories, songs and a Chesapeake Bay sunset. 6 pm.    

Fri, Jun 12 – Private Vocal Workshop – Eugene, OR

Tue, Jun 23 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR. Opening day for the Eugene Emeralds! Tickets available at the Emeralds website. Go Ems! 7:05 pm.

Sat, Jun 27 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR. Tickets available at the Emeralds website. Go Ems! 7:05 pm.

My dad Bob giving announcements at the final Brazos Valley House Concert. Like his t-shirt?!! :)

Me and my buddy the great Tom Faulkner having some serious fun!

Pure singing joy

and this was the wonderful crowd!

the gorgous setting at Patrick’s Place Music Series. I got a very weird sun tan. 

This was the sunset on our drive back to PK Lake. I miss that big Texas sky. Don’t worry, Bob was driving.

 and yet another gorgous sky waiting for me in Ashland…from my hotel balcony!

 the beautiful and intimate Peninsula Arts Center

 love this pic fromScott Docherty’s editing station!

 

5. THE FUTURE…It’s going to be a great summer full of wonderful events, learning experiences and collaborations. I can’t wait for it to unfold, and I can’t wait to see you out there on the road. As always, thank you for reading and for believing in me and my music. 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!

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