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November Newsy News!

 

Break out the fuzzy slippers…

Monday, Oct 30, 2017

icon November is here!
thanks David Lamote for this photo from Cary Theater sound check!

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

Wed, Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge MA

Thu, Nov 2 – Albany Pump Station – Albany NY

Fri, Nov 3 – University Club – Albany NY

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

Wed, Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton MA

Thu, Nov 9 – NERFA Conference – Stamford CT

Fri, Nov 10 – NERFA Conference – Stamford CT

Sat, Nov 11 – Private Event – West Chester PA

Sun, Nov 12 – House Concert – Annapolis MD

Sat, Nov 18 Open Door @ Ascension – Portland OR

Sun, Nov 19 Olympia Acoustic Concerts – Olympia, WA

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

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

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

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

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

the rye room sessions - anna tivel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Look out, world!

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

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

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

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

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

Anybody want a ride to the  barn concert?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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

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

Down the road a piece…

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

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

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Dec 9 – Artichoke Holiday Concert – Portland, OR

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

Jan 25 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

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

Feb 9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

Feb 10 – Sycamore Creek Concerts – Dripping Springs, TX

Feb 11 – Stallion Springs Concerts – Fischer, TX

Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

Special Announcement: Video Release of NASTY WOMAN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

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

 

Well hello there, October…

Tuesday Oct 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

Sat Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle WA

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

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

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

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

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

Sat Oct 21 – Private Event – Phoenix, AZ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nasty woman on rise up!

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

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

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

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

Here’s my private showcase schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat Oct 21 – Private Event – Phoenix, AZ.

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

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


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


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


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


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


Here’s a glimpse of the wonderful crowd there…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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

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

Down the road a piece…

Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

Nov 2 – The Albany Pump Station – Albany, NY

Nov 3 – University Club – Albany, NY

Nov 4 – Burlap & Bean – Newtown Square, PA

Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA

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

Nov 11 – Private House Concert -West Chester, PA

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

Nov 20 – Olympia House Concerts – Olympia, WA

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

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

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

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

September’s Newsy News is here!

Seriously, September…

Monday, August 28, 2017

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

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

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

Sat, Sep 2 – Songwriters Workshop – Enterprise, OR

Sat, Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

beth wood at the rooster's wife

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


view from the stage at Home By Dark


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


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


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


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

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

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

 and the lovely setting for our concert…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

Down the road a piece…

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

Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle, WA

Oct 13 – Cary Theater – Cary, NC

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

Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR

Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ

Oct 21 – Private Party – Phoenix,  AZ

Oct 28 – Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA

Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

Nov 2 – The Albany Pump Station – Albany, NY

Nov 3 – University Club – Albany, NY

Nov 4 – Burlap & Bean – Newtown Square, PA

Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA

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

Nov 11 – Private House Concert -West Chester, PA

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

Nov 20 – Olympia House Concerts – Olympia, WA

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

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

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

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

All the August newsy news!

Get over here, August!

Wednesdsay, Jul 26, 2017

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

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

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

Sun, Juy 30 – Lyons Fork – Lyons, CO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Last minute opener at the Alberta Rose..woop!

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

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

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


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

tom faulkner - the fried chicken skin song

 

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

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

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

Down the road a piece…

Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR

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

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

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

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

Sep 28 – Lellodgio House Concerts – Iron River, WI

Oct 1 – Winona House Concerts – Winona, MN

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

Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle, WA

Oct 13 – Cary Theater – Cary, NC

Oct 14 – Nasty Woman Video Release – Portland, OR

Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR

Oct 19 – House Concer – Phoenix, AZ

Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ

Oct 21 – Private Party – Phoenix,  AZ

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

July, you snuck up on me!

Monday Jul 3, 2017

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but I’m glad you’re here.

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

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

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

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

Sun, July 30 – Lyons Fork – Lyons, CO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


heart overflowing…


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


the beautiful scene at Feel Good House Concerts in Boulder


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


a wall of guitars is a dangerous thing…


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


Fishing was epic this year!!


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


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

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

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

Down the road a piece…

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

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

Aug 12 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR

Aug 13 – Paradise House Concert – Estacada, OR

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

Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR

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

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

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

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

 

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June, I need you

Thursday Jun 1, 2017

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bring me some sunshine!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

The scent of roses wafts gently through the Portland air as I walk around the neighborhood. I’m so grateful for the weather turning and for the return of our sun! And while basking in the sun here, I’m grateful for a little down time to rest and regroup (and go fishing). All good stuff!! As always I hope you’ll scroll down for newsy news, gratitude, random pics and musings, and show details. Here’s what’s coming up:

Mon, June 5 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR w/Richard Moore & Cal Scott

Sat, June 17 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR w/Ara Lee

Sat, June 24 – Feel Good House Concerts – Boulder, CO

Sun, July 2 – Big River Music – Creede, CO w/Bob Heminger

1. GRATITUDE…Big heapings of thanks to these fine folks for making May so wonderful: PJ, Jeff and Jeff, Steve and Peter and Ann and all at Ocean View House Concerts, Billy and Dodee and all at Blue Rock, Ara Lee, Dirje Childs, Donna and all at the wonderful Wildflower festival, Cathy & Rick, Ann & Bop and the Texas Wood family!

2. THE NEWS…Well now it is official – I have played in all 50 states! The house concert in Hawaii was so dreamy. Peter and Ann’s house sits upon vast fields of lava rock that went on and on until dropping into the ocean. It was a spectacular scene filled with warm and friendly folks and we watched the sunset together and shared in an evening of music. I have checked that one off my bucket list and I’m thinking Europe might be next…stay tuned!

In creative news, my 20/20 project is going strong! In case you haven’t heard, I am releasing 20 new works this year in honor of my 20 years in music. The 20/20 project is a subcription service to receive those new works. (Think of it like a CSA for music!) I have released 7 songs so far and shared 2 poems for mother’s day. I’m starting to map out how the rest of the year will look and I am having so much fun sharing my new creations with you! If you wnat to learn more, check it out here.

I’m excited for two local shows coming up here in Portland! On Monday I will be playing the songwriters-in-the-round series with Richard Moore and Cal Scott at O’Connor’s. This is the last show before they take a hiatus from the series..so I’m sure it will be a fun one. The bad news is it’s already sold out but the good news is that I’ve got a show coming up at beloved Artichoke Music with the great Ara Lee!! Ara and I have been collaborating lately and the result is so magical. So Portland peeps, I hope you’ll join us at Artichoke on June 17!


I’m super excited for a trip to Colorado at the end of June. Colorado in the summer is one of my favorite things in the world. I can’t wait to play at Feel Good House Concerts (well, backyard concerts, really!) hosted by wonderful musician and human Lisa Bell. I met Lisa several years ago at a conference and was blown away by her voice and her artistry and her warm spirit. If you live anywhere near Boulder, come join us on June 24! And finally after some family reunion and fly-fishing time, I will be playing in Creede with my friend, brilliant saxaphonist and human Bob Hemenger! I am SO stoked for this show!!

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

Mon, June 5 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR. In the round w/Richard Moore & Cal Scott. This show is SOLD OUT…woop! Thank you to Matt Miner, Cal Scott and Richard Moore for many great years of this wonderful series.

Sat, June 17 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR. w/Ara Lee. 3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 503-232-8845. Artichoke Music is a 40-year-old nonprofit music community center. We develop and support musicians, attract and educate audiences, and create a connected community of acoustic music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Artichoke Music is an integral part of the creative community of musicians in Portland, Oregon and in the Pacific Northwest. BW plays the Artichoke Back Stage with the great Ara Lee! This will be your last chance to see BW at Artichoke before it moves to the new space. $15. 8 pm. 

Sat, June 24 – Feel Good House Concerts – Boulder, CO. “Feel Good” hosts singer-songwriters from across the country in Boulder. Each of the concerts features live original music by musicians who aspire to make the world a better place through their music and messages. These house and backyard concerts (in season) are a great way to meet new like-minded friends and develop a thoughtful and positive community. The great Lisa Bell opens. $20 suggested donation. 7:30 pm.  

Sun, July 2 – Big River Music – Creede, CO. w/Bob Heminger. Join us for a listening room concert at Big River Music in beautiful downtown Creede!! With the great Bob Hemenger on saxaphone! $10. 

Woohoo, we did it!! my bestie and I  ran the Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon in northern CA among the redwood trees. it was spectular and we got in the car and drove 9 hours home right after which in hindsight probably wasn’t a good idea… but somehow we can’t wait to do it again!


working on my set list for the house concert in Hawaii…sigh…


this was the Ocean View house concert pre-game shot…you can kinda see the fields of lava in the background

hawaii sunset…sigh…


our favorite bar in kailua-kona


the scene outside my window at Blue Rock…sigh…


the wildflower festival in richardson, tx sets aside its most beautiful performing arts center stage just for us singer-songwriters. i love it there.


however they have really weird pre-show rules…


one of my favorite moments backstage right after rehearsing ‘easy on me’ with RJ Cowdery and Ara Lee…


and after the wildflower festival my bro took me to see U2 in houston. it was a profound and amazing experience for many reasons… they scrolled poetry on the giant screen before the show. those four friends have been making music together for over 30 years and that in itself is amazing. and the music rose up and reminded me of what it meant to me the first time I heard it. Magic!


4. THE FUTURE…Oh this summer I am looking forward to some down time! Fishing and picnicking and playing tennis and hiking and reconnecting with all that makes me fee alive. I’m feeling the burn from all of this criss-crossing the country so I think a little time at home this summer is just what I need. I hope you have a little down-time to enjoy the beautiful summer that is ahead of us. And I hope you know how grateful I am for you!! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

Down the road a piece…

Jul 2 – Big River Music – Creede, CO

Jul 29 – Pederson Backyard Concert -Colorado Springs, CO

Aug 4 – Home By Dark – Alpharetta, GA

Aug 5 – Home By Dark – Alpharetta, GA

Aug 12 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Bend, OR

Aug 13 – Paradise House Concert -Estacada, OR

Aug 19 – Harris Bridge Winery – Philomath, OR

Sep 2 – Juniper Jam – Enterprise, OR

May Newsy Newsletter is here!

 

Hello, May…

Wednesday May 3, 2017

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you’re my favorite.

(photo by Rodney Bursiel)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! Spring has sprung and the northwest is expoding with green and flowers. I hope it is beautiful where you are!

I love this time of promise and new beginnings. As always I hope you’ll scroll down for newsy news, gratitude, random photos and musings, and show details. There is lots of fun stuff happening this month so here’s what’s coming up:

Fri, May 12 – Ocean View House Concert – Ocean View, HI

Thu, May 18 – Live from Blue Rock – Wimberley, TX

Sat, May 20 – Wildflower Festival – Richardson, TX

1. GRATITUDE. Oh man, there are so many wonderful folks to thank for the month of April! Special thanks to David Stoddard, Matt and all at Anchor Coffeehouse, Karen Impola and KUNI/Iowa Public Radio, Nancy Emrich and all in Mt Vernon, Palisades Cafe, Rose and Gary and all in Roca, Laurie McClain, Hope Dunbar and all at The Old Glory Theater, Bonnie at La Ruche B&B in Seward, NE (stay there if you can!!), Mike and all at the Green Guitar Folk House, UU Church in Lexana, Mare Wakefield and Nomad, Bobby Rymer, Heather Morgan, Stephen Mougin, Chuck Cannon, Linda and all at Chemeketa Community College, Jazz Alley, Lizz Wright and her band, Bill & Micki Lippe, Jeff Heiman and Jeff Ross, PJ and Brad Tisdel…woop! 

2. THE NEWS.

May is so full of awesomeness I can barely stand it. I am so excited to cross this one off of my bucket list – finally I am going to play a concert in Hawaii, the only state I haven’t played in! So if you find yourself on the Big Island on May 12, come and join us! 🙂 And I am over the moon about returning to Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in the Texas hill country for a concert with the great Ara Lee and Dirje Childs! Y’all know I recorded my CD “The Weather Inside” there so I have a very large place in my heart for Billy and Dodee Crockett and everyone at Blue Rock! And the cool thing is that if you aren’t able to be there in person on May 18, you can watch online from anywhere on Concert Window!! And finally I am so thrilled to be returning to the wonderful Wildflower Festival in Richarson, TX on May 20 with the great Ara Lee! The city of Richardson and the folks at Wildflower take such good care of us songwriters — they even let us play indoors in the air conditioned sanctuary of the Eismann Performing Arts Center while everyone else sweats outside! 

My 20/20 project is in full swing and I have released 5 songs so far. It’s not too late to get in on the fun!! If you want have a window in to my creative endeavors in my 20th year as a full-time musician, I hope you’ll sign up! I’ll get you caught up and continue sending you new works throughout the year! Rumor has it I might even send a new poem this month as a nod back to National Poetry Month, which was April but I hardly noticed because every month is poetry month to me 🙂

Y’all remember the song “Nasty Woman” that Ara Lee and Jen Hajj and I wrote? Well, that song is blazing a trail and coming to life in a huge way!! Ara gathered a bunch of Portland’s finest musicians and recorded it a few weeks ago, and now it is the most bad-ass funky anthem of woman power ever! I was on the road for the session so I got to go in and put my back-up vocals on it last week and we had a BLAST! A video is in the works and I can’t wait for you to hear this thing once it’s finished! 

I am so excited to share with you a new development – I have started working with the management team 2 Jeffs on Music (Jeff Heimann and Jeff Ross) out of Seattle! We met at last year’s FAR-West conference and have been in talks ever since. I am looking forward to their guidance and help going forward in finding new opportunities for me and my music! Woop!

The folks at my favorite concert series HOME BY DARK have started a podcast called “A Song Can Change Your Life”!! Isn’t that the truth?! We had so much fun on my last visit to Roswell, GA sitting down and talking about my song “Wide Mouth Jar”. You can listen to the podcast here, and check out our version of the song live at HOME BY DARK!

home by dark with beth wood / wide mouth jar (full version)

 (video produced by Walker Whited and W2 Media  – www.wsquaredmedia.com

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

Fri, May 12 – Ocean View House Concert – Ocean View, HI. Potluck at 5:30, music at 6:30. Suggested donation $10. 

Thu, May 18 – Live from Blue Rock – Wimberley, TX. Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio is a jaw-droppingly beautiful place in the Texas hill country celebrating artists, music, creativity, and community. Blue Rock has a special place in BW’s heart as she recorded “The Weather Inside” there. BW is excited to be a part of the intimate concert series at Blue Rock! You can attend in person or watch online anywhere here in the world! Reservations can be made here: http://www.bluerocktexas.com/rsvp/. $25. With the great Ara Lee and Dirje Childs.  

Sat, May 20 – Wildflower Festival – Richardson, TX. 2351 Performance Dr. Wildflower! Festival is a 3-day family festival with multiple stages, including a singer-songwriter stage inside the beautiful (and air-conditioned) Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. $25 single day adult pass, $40 three day pass. Kids $5 (under 4 free). BW will play the singer-songwriter stage at 5:45 pm. With the great Ara Lee. 

This was our first stop on the tour at Creekhouse Concerts where the mascot Shoes welcomed everyone with this sweet little face


David Stoddard and I have so much fun singing together!


What a blast we had with the great Hope Dunbar in Seward, NE! Her songs will melt your heart.


We got to be on the coolest radio show called Friday Live, thank goodness there was coffee cuz it was early, y’all!


If you are driving along and you see a sign for Iowa’s largest frying pan, you have to stop, right?


We might have done a little beer research at Granite City Brewery in Cedar Rapids, IA.


Ohymygosh, hey look it’s Chris Rosser!! He’s playing in Lizz Wright’s band and they are soooooo amazing.


colorful sound check at Jazz Alley..


Me and Ara Lee…hey Texas, we can’t wait to sing for you!


4. THE FUTURE…I am looking forward to a little more time at home in the coming months! I’ve got some really fun Portland shows coming up, and I’m super excited for our family fishing trip at the end of June, where I always recharge and gain inspiration. I can’t wait to see what this summer will bring! As always, I welcome your feedback and I am ever grateful for your support and presence! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

Down the road a piece…

June 5 – Songwriters in the Round at O’Connor’s – Portland, OR

June 17 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR

June 24 – Feel Good Music Concerts – Boulder, CO

July 2 – Big River Music – Creede, CO

July 29 – Pederson Backyard Concert -Colorado Springs, CO

August 4 – Home By Dark – Alpharetta, GA

August 5 – Home By Dark – Alpharetta, GA

August 12 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Bend, OR

August 13 – Paradise House Concert -Estacada, OR

Bonus video: why David Stoddard and I will name our new album “Lebb’m Days”…

bw and dave stoddard's new album title

April is full of news that smells like flowers.

Hello, April!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I’m sitting in Brevard, NC, one of my favorite spots in the world, on a beautiful spring day. The trees are blossoming and the white squirrels are out and about doing their squirrel stuff. I am feeling very grateful for these couple days off in my old home town! There’s so much fun stuff coming up. Here’s the scoop! As usual, I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, random pics, show details, and musings.

Fri March 31 – Creekhouse Concerts –  New Brighton, MN

Sat April 1 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

Sun April 2 – The Folk Tree on Iowa Public Radio – Cedar Rapids, IA

Mon April 3 – The LilFest House Concert – Mt Vernon/Lisbon, IA

Thu April 6 – Templeton Acreage House Concert – Roca, NE

Fri April 7 – The Old Glory Theater – Seward, NE

Sat April 8 – Green Guitar Folk House – Lexana, KS

Wed April 19 – Chemeketa Community College – Salem, OR

 

1. GRATITUDE…Special thanks to all these folks who made March so wonderful: Kerani, Brad, and all at the Sisters Folk Festival Americana Song Academy for Youth, to Tyler, Flood, Levon & Topper, to Coach Bob and all the familes at our PTE workshop, to James & Karen, Matt, Mike, Jim, Carole, Nessa, Jerrod & Jesse Terry and all of the Home By Dark family, to Sarah Siskind, Chris Rosser, John Felty, the DFR room and Ann for taking such good care of me!

2. THE NEWS…My 20/20 song subscription project is going strong! We’re three songs in to new unreleased material and adding new folks every day. Think of it like a song CSA…you pay a little bit and I will deliver fresh home grown music to your inbox for the rest of the year! Check it out here.

Awesome news — Ara Lee is heading in to the studio with some of Portland’s finest musicians on April 8 to record “Nasty Woman”, the song that we wrote with Jen Hajj at our Artist in Resience in January!! I will be out on the road but we couldn’t pass up this chance to get this song recorded. I will add my vocals when I get home. For your amusement, I just shared Ara’s awesome rehearsal video from our little tiny cabin on board Cayamo on to my Facebook page..check it out!

Other super cool news…after a half marathon the first weekend in May, I will be headed to Hawaii and Texas! It will be my first time to play in Hawaii (the only state I’ve never played in) — woop!! And I am THRILLED to be returning to Blue Rock Live in Wimberley for their concert series! Reservations are open now and if you can’t be there in person, you can watch the concert online! And I am so thrilled to return to the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival in Richardson. It will be a special year as we celebrate the life and legacy of Al Johnson, long time festival director and music supporter. I’ll be bringing special guests with me to both Texas shows!

Great news for our Portland music community – Artichoke Music has a new home! After much hard work by the board led by Bob Howard and many volunteers, the new 5 year lease has been signed! The properties are located at 2001-2007 SE Powell Boulevard in Portland’s Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood. Artichoke’s store, school and performance venue will all operate together in the new facility. The goal is to occupy the new space as close to July 1st as possible. There will be a special celebratory Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm pm in the Artichoke Cafe if you want to stop by and celebrate!! Also please note…my show coming up at Artichoke with Ara Lee has been moved to June 17. Can’t wait to see you there!

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

Fri March 31 – Creekhouse Concerts –  New Brighton, MN. Overlooking the beautiful Rice Creek in northwest St. Paul, is Creek House, the newest best kept secret in town.  Creek House is part art gallery and part sonically wonderful listening room. The musical mission at Creek House is to present the audience with the best in local and national artists playing folk, blues, roots, classical and jazz as well as storytellers, poets, and authors. BW will share the stage with the great David Stoddard! For reservations, please call or e-mail at phone: 651.633.5353 or glenn at elvig.com. He will send confirmation with address and directions.  $15-$20 suggested donation. 7 pm doors, 7:30 music.

Sat April 1 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA. 4114 Allison Ave, Corner of Beaver & Franklin, located in Westminster Presbyterain Church. The Anchor coffee house is a listening room patronized by people who love live acoustic music. We offer a variety of flavored coffees & teas and an assortment of desserts to enjoy during the show. Tickets are available at the door, or at Uptempo Music, 2714 Beaver Ave, 515.277.0145, or by stopping in or calling the church office, 515.274.1534. We can take credit card orders over the phone & either mail your tickets or you can pick them up at the door. Free child care is available at each show. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.  Doors at 6:30, music at 7.

Sun April 2 – The Folk Tree on Iowa Public Radio – Cedar Rapids, IA. KUNI studio is located at University of Northern Iowa, 322 Communication Arts Center. Host Karen Impola features music that is rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions, including blues and bluegrass; singer-songwriters new and old; rockers getting back to their acoustic roots; plus excursions into Celtic and world music. The show also features exclusive recordings made at venues throughout the IPR listening area, and occasionally, live musical guests in IPR’s very own studios. BW will play with the great David Stoddard! Taped live with a studio audience so come on by! 2 pm. FREE — it’s radio!

Mon April 3 – The LilFest House Concert – Mt Vernon/Lisbon, IA. Please call Nancy in advance at 518-576-9513 to hold seats and to be given the address of the concert.(Knowing what you are bringing to the pot luck, if you chose to do it, also helps with planning the treats.) With the great David Stoddard! Suggested contribution: $12. 5:30 pm gathering for optional BYOB and shared goodies; 6:30 music.

Thu April 6 – Templeton Acreage House Concert – Roca, NE. Admission $15 – all proceeds go to the artists. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 402-421-7678 for reservations and info. With the great David Stoddard! 6:30 pm doors, 7 pm music.

Fri April 7 – The Old Glory Theater – Seward, NE. Goehner Centennial Players Present: BW and David Stoddard! Call Lloyd Schulz for tickets at 402-523-5025 or 402-641-5525. $10. 7 pm.

Sat April 8 – Green Guitar Folk House – Lexana, KS. The Green Guitar is a music series featuring nationally touring singer-songwriters. The music styles include folk, Americana, country, roots, bluegrass, and international roots music. Main stage performers are professional musicians who tour nationally and internationally. Green Guitar Folk House events are held in the sanctuary of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church. The venue is sponsored by SMUUCH, but is not a church event. The series is open to the public. BW will share the stage with the great David Stoddard! Make a reservation by email at mike@greenguitarfolk.com or call 913.304.4816, all tickets are paid for at the door. $15 with a reservation, or $17 without; Students $3.00; kids through 8th grade Free. 7 pm.

Wed April 19 – Chemeketa Community College – Salem, OR. Details TBA…

we’re gonna have so much FUN!! 

Coach Bob leading our family music workshop at Portland Tennis & Education. I led a songwriting workshop next door where I helped a student write her first song. It was about a panda and it was awesome!

Tyler and I got so excited when I recorded some new songs at his studio that we might have had a beer at lunch.

Getting stuff sound checked at Home By Dark at Roswell Historic Cottage, a beautiful venue that I learned used to be the old post office. It was so gorgeous with exposed brick, glass chandeliers, and a balcony. Super classy joint!

Here we are..the Home By Dark band for March 23-25: Jesse Terry, Vanessa Connor, Matt “New Dad” Blanchard, Mike Shetler, lil ol me, James Casto and Carole Ford. What a killer band!!!!

This is my coffee companion every day at camp Casto…her name is Peabody but I like to call her Sweetpea cuz I mean come on, just look at that face! Her sister Dora (equally as cute) was probably busy during this picture licking pastry crumbs off the floor.

 All for…

Couldn’t resist capturing these beauties on my run in Brevard…I’m ready for ya, spring!

 

4. THE FUTURE…it’s gonna be a great summer with some shows and some fly-fishing in OR, CO, GA and more are shaping up every day. I hope I can take time to stop and smell the roses a little bit this summer and explore the beautiful area I live in. I also look forward to some writing time alone and with Ara Lee as we would love to do more shows together…woop! There has even been some talk about working on a new book of poetry this summer. I’m so excited!

THANK YOU for supporting my twentieth year in music. I am so grateful and I couldn’t do it with out you! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

 

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

March 2017 Newsy Newsletter!

Hello, March, so sorry I’m late!

Wednesday Mar 8, 2017

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(my dog ate my homework…)

(thank you Will Byington for the awesome Cayamo photos!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

February, though short and sweet, was packed full of insanely awesome moments. I’m still floating high on cloud 9 from our amazing experience on Cayamo, the world’s sweetest floating music festival. I’m back home on land now and the ground has finally stopped swaying! Here’s what’s coming up this month…

3/23 Home By Dark at Roswell Historic Cottage – Roswell, GA

3/24 Home By Dark at Roswell Historic Cottage – Roswell, GA

3/25 Home By Dark at Roswell Historic Cottage – Roswell, GA

3/26 Songsmith Series – Brevard, NC

3/31 Creekhouse Concerts – St Paul, MN

4/1 – 4/9 Midwest tour in IA, NE, KS – scroll down for details!

1. GRATITUDE… There are so many people who made February amazing!! Special thanks to Larry & Karen Murante, Craig Lund and Seattle Folklore Society, Sherrie Wolf & Peter Lovely, Anne Weiss, Avery Hill, Jeff & Ann Wolf and friends, Matt and Andy and all of the Sixthman/Cayamo team, Ara Lee & Erin & Ocea for being the greatest cruise team EVAH, Becky and Tom Abel and friends, and all the students and instructors and staff who made Sisters Folk Festival American Song Academy for youth SOOO magical! 

2. CALL TO ACTION…Hey I’ve got a favor to ask you. Do you listen to music on Spotify?? (and I’m guessing you do cuz pretty much the whole world does now!) If so, will you please go to my artist page and hit the “follow” button? I am learning about Spotify and what an amazing tool it is for discovering new music. For whatever reason, 250 is the magic number of followers I need to have in order to become a verified artist so I can create and post playlists. SO the good news is that I’m super close with 163 followers (thank you guys!), so I only need a few more. Thank you!

And secondly, I have Friday, May 19 and Sunday, May 21st open in Texas, so I wanted to throw some feelers out there and see if y’all have any ideas or interest for a house concert. There is even the possibility that I will have a special guest sitting in with me that week, but that is still TBA… 🙂 I’ll need to be in Richardson at the Wildflower Festival on Saturday morning, so I would need to be within a couple hundred miles of the Dallas/Ft Worth area on Friday night. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have ideas!

3. THE NEWS… My 20/20 project is going strong! Thank you to all of you who have signed up, and it’s not too late to sign up if you haven’t already! 2017 marks my 20th year as a full time musician, and I am celebrating all year long with new works! I am releasing 20 new things (songs or poems or videos) in 2017, and I’d love to share them with you. I’m calling this project 20/20, and it’s sort of like my Song of the Month club that I did a few years ago, but with even more songs! If you would like to sign up for 20/20 and get access to all the new works I will release this year, you can do that on my website store page. I’ve thought about it a lot, and I want to leave it up to you to decide what you’d like to pay for this project. I had thought of asking $20, but I want to be inclusive. So when you check out, just click on the Paypal button and you can write in the amount. Any amount is great! No judgment, just gratitude! Then once you’ve signed up, I will send you the new works throughout the year (separate from my newsy newsletter). Let’s do this!  

I am super excited to do another spring tour with my good friend David Stoddard! I trust Dave implicitly as a musician and friend, and I have so much fun when we tour together! I’m anticipating an uncontrollable giggle-fest or two. 🙂 Starting on March 31, we will be playing in MN, IA, NE, and KS. If you are anywhere near those places, I hope you will come see us! Details are below…

I don’t even have words for how amazing Cayamo was!!?!? My friend the amazingly soulful and talented Ara Lee joined me for my three sets, and for me it was simply transcendant. We played in a small, intimate club venue with crystal clear sound on the first full day. Then the next evening we played outdoors on a sport court overlooking the sunset over the ocean. And on the last full day of the cruise, we played at the large seated listening room to a wonderful crowd. The amazing and gracious Lori McKenna sang with us on “Easy On Me” and I felt like I was floating listnening to hear beautiful voice and Ara’s blend into a 3-part harmony so delicious I can still taste it!! Another highlight was when lots of folks joined us at the end for our finale of our song “Nasty Women”!! Check it out, y’all!!

nasty woman

As a fan, my musical highlights were many, but I have to say Richard Thompson’s solo and band sets blew my mind!! And I also really loved Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, Glen Phillips and his band, Sarah Jaroz, and Aoife O’Donovan, and I could go on and on and on!! Another favorite memory was an impromptu late night poetry/hot toddy party with our friends Emma and Bevin…swoon! My heart is overflowing with gratitude for the experience and  I still can’t believe it happened! I gotta warn ya there are so many fun pics I’m gonna overload you!!

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

Thu, March 23 – Home By Dark at Roswell Historic Cottage – Roswell, GA. HOME BY DARK is a songwriters in the round concert event unlike anything you’ve seen or heard featuring the best performing songwriters in America accompanied by the best instrumentalists on the planet ! Home By Dark believes a song can change your life! BW and Jesse Terry are the featured songwriters for three evenings at the Roswell Historic Cottage. Tickets available here: https://squareup.com/store/home-by-dark/. Doors at 6:30, music at 8. 

Fri, March 24 – – Home By Dark at Roswell Historic Cottage – Roswell, GA. Same as above!

Sat, March 25 –  – Home By Dark at Roswell Historic Cottage – Roswell, GA.  Same as above!

Sun, March 26 – Songsmith Series – Brevard, NC. 36 E Main St. Mountainsong Productions presents Songsmith Series – An evening of song and story with Chris Rosser, Sarah Siskind, and BW!! At the DFR Room at Ecusta Brewing. More info and tickets at www.mountainsongproductions.com. 7:30 pm.  

Fri, March 31 – Creekhouse Concerts – St Paul, MN. Overlooking the beautiful Rice Creek in northwest St. Paul, is Creek House, the newest best kept secret in town.  Creek House is part art gallery and part sonically wonderful listening room. The musical mission at Creek House is to present the audience with the best in local and national artists playing folk, blues, roots, classical and jazz as well as storytellers, poets, and authors. BW will share the stage with the great David Stoddard! For reservations, please call or e-mail at phone: 651.633.5353 or glenn at elvig.com. We will send confirmation with address and directions. $20 suggested donation. 7 pm. 

Sat, April 1 – The Anchor Coffeehouse Concert Series – Des Moines, IA.4114 Allison Ave, Corner of Beaver & Franklin, located in Westminster Presbyterain Church. The Anchor coffee house is a listening room patronized by people who love live acoustic music. We offer a variety of flavored coffees & teas and an assortment of desserts to enjoy during the show. Tickets are available at the door, or at Uptempo Music, 2714 Beaver Ave, 515.277.0145, or by stopping in or calling the church office, 515.274.1534. We can take credit card orders over the phone & either mail your tickets or you can pick them up at the door. Free child care is available at each show. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. Doors at 6:30, music at 7.   

Sun, April 2 – The Folk Tree on Iowa Public Radio – Cedar Falls, IA. KUNI studio is located at University of Northern Iowa, 322 Communication Arts Center. Host Karen Impola features music that is rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions, including blues and bluegrass; singer-songwriters new and old; rockers getting back to their acoustic roots; plus excursions into Celtic and world music. The show also features exclusive recordings made at venues throughout the IPR listening area, and occasionally, live musical guests in IPR’s very own studios. BW will play with the great David Stoddard! Taped live with a studio audience so come on by! 2 pm. FREE – it’s radio!   Listen online here! 

Mon, April 3 – The LilFest House Concert – Mt Vernon/Lisbon, IA.Please call Nancy in advance at 518-576-9513 to hold seats and to be given the address of the concert.(Knowing what you are bringing to the pot luck, if you chose to do it, also helps with planning the treats.) With the great David Stoddard! Suggested contribution: $12. 5:30 pm gathering for optional BYOB and shared goodies; 6:30 music.  

Thu, April 6 – House Concert at Temptelton Acreage – Roca, NE. Admission $15 – all proceeds go to the artists. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 402-421-7678 for reservations and info. With the great David Stoddard! 6:30 pm doors, 7 pm music.

Fri, April 7 – The Old Glory Theatre – Seward, NE. Goehner Centennial Players Present: BW and David Stoddard! Call Lloyd Schulz for tickets at 402-523-5025 or 402-641-5525. $10. 7 pm.   

Sat, April 8 – Green Guitar Folk House – Lenexa, KS. The Green Guitar is a music series featuring nationally touring singer-songwriters. The music styles include folk, Americana, country, roots, bluegrass, and international roots music. Main stage performers are professional musicians who tour nationally and internationally. Green Guitar Folk House events are held in the sanctuary of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church. The venue is sponsored by SMUUCH, but is not a church event. The series is open to the public. BW will share the stage with the great David Stoddard! Make a reservation by email at mike@greenguitarfolk.com or call 913.304.4816, all tickets are paid for at the door. $15 with a reservation, or $17 without; Students $3.00; kids through 8th grade Free. 7 pm.   

Action shot! Ohmygosh Larry Murante and I had so much fun playing at the Seattle Folkore Society!

And our backstage came with dragons! The concert was at a community center and our green room was a Montessori school classroom…

 This is Tucker. He runs sound at Wolf Howl House Concerts. (he looks very strict, but he’s really a sweetheart once you get to know him, ha!!)

 aaaaand…this was the scene when we walked onto the ship our first day of Cayamo!! Brandi Carlisle and her band on the deck stage rocking us out! (Photo by Will Byington)

 Our first show was so lovely and intimate…they even let me read poetry! (photo by Will Byington)

 Here we are singing our hearts out as the sun sets into the ocean…truly one of the most beautiful nights of my life. And yes, that is a net behind us..sport court!!

 This woman inspires me so much. The great Ara Lee singing “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”….

 With my BFF and tour manager in Cozymel!! She is permanently hired!

 

 At our Spinnaker lounge show ticklying some ivories..Thank you Lisa Costantino for the lovely pics!

Glen Phillips and Amber Rubarth are funny!! Especially when you invite them on stage to sing a song they’ve never heard before! (they killed it!)

 

We invited our towel friends “Buddy” and “Miller” to sit in with us on our last set. (um, yep. we may have been loopy from sleep deprivation…)

Post-show triumph! I love this woman…

 last day silliness with our new friend Bevin from Trout Steak Revival…

My crew!! These ladies made it the most fun week of my entire life. THANK YOU Ocea, Ara, and Erin!!

 and we had the best time at Among Friends house concert in Lakeland the night after the cruise ended. I somehow managed so sing through an entire evening even though the ground was moving…

 i am SO STOKED for this show… love this beautiful poster! 

 5. THE FUTURE…well this spring is shaping up so nicely. I am excited for nice balance of a little time at home and some amazing shows in OR, TX, and Hawaii!! I’m looking at opportunities in Colorado, Utah, and Montana this summer (cuz you know I gotta get my fishing in.) 🙂 And I have a feeling there just might be more shows with Ara Lee… 

THANK YOU for being a part of my musical journey, for reading my silly ramblings, for spreading the word and coming to shows, for supporting the release of my new works, and for showing up for me time and time again. And as always, I love hearing from you! With boatloads of respect and gratitude,

Beth Wood

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