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Hello, May!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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I’m so happy to see you.

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! Spring time in the south is in its full glory! I feel so blessed to be able to witness it.  Here’s what’s happening in May. I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the newsy news, random musings and photos and show details. 

Tue, May 1 – Private House Concert – The Villages, FL

Thu, May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL

Fri, May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA

Thu, May 10 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR

Fri, May 11 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

Sat, May 12 – Coastal Community Festival – Cannon Beach, OR

1. GRATITUDE...Oh my heart is so full! Thank you to all of these folks for making April so wonderful…Matt Miner, Cal Scott, Richard Moore and all at O’Connor’s Vault, Vicki Ambinder and all of our wonderful workshop participants, Milo and Bryan and the Jeffs and all at Chateau Ste. Michelle, John & Gigi and friends, John and Cheri and Loie and Nora, Sarah Siskind and Ara Lee and Chris Rosser and all at Songsmith Gathering and Song School, Bailey and Scott and Sarah and all at Sundilla, Dave and Terri and friends, Ellen Buckstel and friends, and Misti, Chuck, Aaron and Emily!

2. THE NEWS…Well the exciting news is that the new album THE LONG ROAD is so close to done I can taste it!! Mastering and artwork are complete, and now were are in the phase where we’re double and triple checking everything to make sure it’s just right! I hope to get it into producion by early next week and have them in my hands by the last week of May. This has been an epic journey and I am over the moon happy with how it came out. I can’t wait to share it with you! Click here for a little taste of the title track.

Good news…the first annual Songsmith Gathering and Song School in Brevard, NC was a total success!! Sarah Siskind and I had an amazing group of 13 song schoolers for our workshop, and we laughed, cried, ate like champs, wrote, played and sang, got chased by ducks, and became fast friends in just two short days. We are already dreaming on how we can make it better next year. I will announce the dates for next year’s fest and song school as soon as I have them. If you live in the southeast (or even if you don’t), and you are interested in creativity and songwriting in a beautiful setting, I hope you’ll consider joining us next year! 

Special thanks to Billy Kopp and Bold Life Magazine for doing a feature on my work and for shining a light on Songsmith Gathering and our first Songsmith Song School! Check out the article here!

And here’s a little video from my set at Songsmith gathering with my dream team Chris RosserAra Lee and Sarah Siskind. Three part harmony…swoon!

beth wood, ara lee, sarah siskind and chris rosser easy on me

Also good news…the character creation and performance workshop with Vicki Ambinder was amazing! We had eight brave and incredibly creative women participate and we all learned so much from each other. My favorite part is that we had so much fun we forgot to take any photos. 🙂 Vicki and I will be getting together soon to dream up some more fun stuff. 

At the end of this month I will be sending out all the goodies from my Kickstarter campaign!! My mom is even flying up to help me make granola and address envelopes…I’m bringing in the big guns! 🙂 We are super excited to send out new CDs and other goodies and lots of love to all the folks who made my new album possible. I will keep you posted!

Also this month, Ara Lee and I will be writing and rehearsing for our duo album, to be recorded in June in Porland with Steven Tracy producing (he produced “Nasty Woman”!). We are excited to flesh out our duo sound with cello and percussion and the lovely Anna Tivel on fiddle. Our band will be called “Stand and Sway” and we will be working on booking shows, too. We are not doing any kind of formal crowd-funding for this project, but if you have interest in contributing, holler at  me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

And finally, I am so excited be sharing a couple shows with Peter Mulvey!! If you haven’t heard Peter before, prepare to have your mind blown! He’s got a wicked blend of whip-smart lyrics, gravelly low voice, and a steady groove that never quits. Peter was kind enough to sing on a song for my new album…so I’m sure there will be some collaboration mischief going on. Come see us in Portland and Eugene, y’all! In Portland I’ll have Milo Fultz backing me up on bass and Paul Brainard playing pedal steel and we’ll be previewing some songs from the new album..woop!

 

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

Tue, May 1 – Private House Concert – The Villages, FL

Thu, May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL. RadioLive is a radio program with a live audience hosted by WUWF at the Museum of Commerce located in Historic Pensacola (205 E Zarragossa St). Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance at http://wuwf.org/radiolive or at the door if seats are available. Seating is first-come first-serve.With Ben de la Cour, The Arcadian Wild, and Callaghan. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

Fri, May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA. Calmes House Concerts promotes songwriters and performers of traditional and contemporary folk music in a living room setting. Public is welcome. Please email or call Robert for info at calmeshouseconcerts@gmail.com or 225-241-3172. $20 suggested donation. Music starts at 7 pm. 

Thu, May 10 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR. 3000 NE Alberta. 503-719-6055. The Alberta Rose is a mid-size, seated listening room where the audience can enjoy excellent lines of sight, outstanding acoustics and where every seat feels close to the stage and the artist. With the great Peter Mulvey! $19 in advance/$24 day of show. 8 pm. All ages are welcome. 

Fri, May 11 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. 2585 Willamette St. 541-345-8986. BW returns to Eugene’s beloved independent book store/community center/living room stage with the great Peter Mulvey! $17.50 in advance/$20 day of show. 7:30 pm. 

Sat, May 12 – Coastal Community Festival – Cannon Beach, OR. Cannon Beach City Park (207 N. Spruce Street). Cannon Beach’s first ever Coastal Community Festival is scheduled for May 12 with an outdoor marketplace featuring arts and crafts, food vendors, a farmer’s market, live music and a unique Blue Barrel chef’s cook-off planned for the daylong event at Cannon Beach City Park. The festival will feature a farmers market with arts and crafts as well as home/garden vendors. Haystack Rock Awareness Program will be selling their handmade jewelry as part of their “Trash Talk” project. Fashioned from micro-plastic marine debris, the unique jewelry pieces tell a story and inspire HRAP support. Visitors are encouraged to collect beach debris and bring it in to make a necklace for themselves. Artists from the coastal area will be giving classes on using unique mediums to create beautiful works of art throughout the day. Music throughout the day — BW plays from 3-5 pm. The Coastal Community Festival is free, sponsored by the City of Cannon Beach, and will be open to the public from 9:00 am- 7:30 pm.

 um…this was our green room at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery. I’m impressed that they trusted us in there with wine barrels with spigots. 🙂

oh my GOSH the flowers were exploding in Brevard, NC…

calm before the storm…the beautiful Brevard Music Center on the day before the Songsmith Gathering…

our amazing group of the very first Songsmith Song schoolers!

there was lots of porch pickin’ going on

Meanwhile the attack ducks lurked in the shadows. Despite his innocent appearance, that white duck chased down and bit every person who walked by. I chose to interpret it as a love nibble. 

A dream trio set at Songsmith Gathering with Chris Rosser and Ara Lee!

There was SO much amazing music all day long at the Songsmith Gathering. It was so good to see and hear Aaron Burdett again! If y’all haven’t heard him check his music out…he’s sooooo good!

 this is Ara after she saw Darrell Scott for the first time. Girl, I feel ya! 

 Ivy Jane contemplating what to throw on the grill later…

 It was so fun to return to the Shack in the Back, but this time in High Springs, FL… 

 And um…this guy. Unfortunately Tucker won’t fit in my suitcase so we will have to have a long distance relationship. He’s fine with it. 

 

4. THE FUTURE…So many exciting times ahead! I can’t wait to share my new album with you — it will be ready soon! And I hope to see you out there on the road. Thank you for reading and cheering me on and supporting my musical dreams all these years! With much gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Jun 15 – Eurosports – Sisters, OR

Jun 29 – Private Event – Denver, CO

Jun 30 – House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO

Jul 1 – Big River Music – Creede, CO – w/Bob Hemenger

Jul 11-15 – Summer Fishtrap – Joseph, OR

Jul 19 – House Concert – Rapid River, MI

Jul 20 – House Concert – Big Bay, MI

Jul 21 – Acoustic Fest – Manitowoc, WI

Jul 22 – 1st Annual Gergkin Festival House Concert – Crystal Lake, IL

Aug 3 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

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

Aug 17 – Harris Bridge Folk Festival – Philomath, OR

Aug 22 – Bellevue Downtown Assoc. Live at Lunch – Bellevue, WA

April newsy news smells like flowers!

Hello, April…

Monday, April 2, 2018

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thanks for bringing flowers!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers — and happy spring! 

April is bursting with abundance in so many ways! Here’s what’s coming up on the tour calendar in April/early May. I hope you’ll scroll down for musings, gratitude, the news, show details, and rando pics from the road!

Mon, Apr 2 – Songwriters in the Round @ O’Connor’s – Portland, OR (sold out)

Sat, Apr 7 – Women’s Songwriting and Performance Workshop – Portland, OR

Sun, Apr 8 – Women’s Songwriting and Performance Workshop – Portland, OR

Fri, Apr 13 – Sessions @ Chateau Ste. Michelle – Woodinville, WA

Sat, Apr 14 – House Concert – Sherwood, OR

Thu, Apr 19 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC

Fri, Apr 20 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC

Sat, Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

Fri, Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series – Auburn, AL

Sat, Apr 28 – Full Moon Farm Concerts – Floral City, FL

Sun, Apr 29 – Shack in the Back/Buckstel House Concerts – Gainesville FL

Tue, May 1 – Private House Concert – The Villages, FL

Thu, May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FA

Fri, May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA

Thu, May 10 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portand, OR w/Peter Mulvey

1. GRATITUDE…Well March was just over-the-top awesome! Special thanks to all of these folks who made it so wonderful: Matt and all at Anchor Coffeehouse, Joan and the amazing Aurora Chorus, Chris & LJ & Sam, Rebecca & Zach and friends in Waupaca, Dave & Lori and all at Bluff View house concerts, Tim and the Harmony for Mayo program, all at Artichoke Music and John Cook an friends and everyone who gave the great Tom Faulkner such a warm NW welcome, Matt & Sasha and the Northwind Arts Center, Jonathan and all at Dusty Strings, and Bill and Sue and Christopher Hayes and all at the Peninsula Arts Center!

2. THE NEWS…Oh there is so much to tell you

Firstly, I’m honored to be co-leading two very special workshops this month — a women’s songwriting and performance workshop with Vicki Ambinder here in Portland on April 7 & 8, and the Songsmith Song School with Sarah Siskind in Brevard, NC on April 19-20. Both of these workshops will create a safe, encouraging, space to play and work on your craft, and both are in breathtakingly beautiful settings. There are still a few spaces left – I hope you’ll join us! Here’s the info..



Secondly, oh there are some fun collabrations coming up! On April 13 I am delighted to be bringing my trio to beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle winery for their Sessions concert series. I will be joined by the insanely talented Milo Fultz on bass and Bryan Daste on pedal steel, and we’ll be previewing some songs from the new album, woop! And then…something I have been dreaming of for years…a songwriters’ festival in my beloved Brevard, NC! I am thrilled to be a part of the inaugural event for Songsmith Gathering, and I will be joined by Chris Rosser and Ara Lee for my set. Check it out!

Thirdly, the album is getting sooooo close to being done! We have final mixes and we are now listening to them on as many different types of speakers as humanly possible to make sure everything sounds right. The artwork is coming along beautifully and we are still on track for a May/June release!! 

Speaking of recording, in other exciting news, Ara Lee and will be recording a duo album together in June!! We have SO MUCH FUN singing together, and there is something so magical that happens when we share the stage, that we are inspired to push it further and explore where it takes us. We are thrilled to be working with producer Steven Tracy right here in Portland! Our duo will be called Stand and Sway. Recording an album is the first step and we hope to do lots of touring together in the future! And we dream of creating workshops and working with women and girls to share the power creativity and creative practice. Stay tuned for lots more news on this! Here’s a video from our Aurora Chorus rehearsal singing “Open Song”…

open song beth wood and ara lee

And finally, my new poetry book Ladder To The Light is here and is now up on my website. So if you’d like to read a little bit about it and also read the amazing things that my friend David Lamotte had to say about it, check it out here!

3. APRIL/EARLY MAY TOUR DATES…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Sat, Apr 7 & Sun, Apr 8 – Women’s Songwriting and Performance Workshop – Portland, OR. Performing songwriter and teacher Beth Wood and music performance coach/artistic consultant Vicki Ambinder are teaming up to bring you an inspiring and empowering experience. This one-of-a-kind two-day workshop, presented exclusively by and for women, will give you the opportunity to settle in and explore character creation and performance in a safe, productive, and supportive environment. At a quiet, private location in the West Hills. $165 per person (includes both days). Registration is required. Limited to 12 participantsBegin the registration process by sending an email to vicki@vickiambinder.com. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day.

Fri, Apr 13 – Sessions @ Chateau Ste. Michelle – Woodinville, WA. At the Chateau Ste. Michelle Visitor Center, 14111 NE 145th Street. (425) 488-1133. SESSIONS, The Theatre is now hosting intimate nights of entertainment featuring local musicians, improv comedy nights and more. Food and wine will be available for purchase to enjoy before and during the show. Attendees must be 21 and over to attend. BW is thrilled to be bringing a trio for this special show! $45. 7 pm doors, 8 pm music.

Sat, Apr 14 – House Concert – Sherwood, OR. Open to all! RSVP to johnwestwind@gmail.com/503-502-3780. This event is generously sponsored by John & Gigi, and is a fundraiser for SEVA (http://www.seva.org). Gathering at 5:30 pm and after. Music at 7 pm. 

Thu, Apr 19 & Fri, Apr 20 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned songwriter and would like the opportunity to be in a supportive environment for creativity, the Songsmith Song School is a great opportunity to learn and expand your creativity and songwriting. Sarah Siskind and Beth Wood will lead you in your quest as they help foster inspiration and encouragement for artistic expression in communities. $350 – includes all meals starting Thursday with dinner and on Friday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and one General Admission Auditorium Ticket to the Festival on Saturday. If you would would like to participate or want more information email info@mountainsongproductions.com

Sat, Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC. Mountain Song Productions is proud to announce The 1st Annual Songsmith Gathering held on the beautiful campus of Brevard Music Center in Brevard NC. Songsmith Gathering is a bringing together of songwriters, not specific to genre, in a festival environment conducive to the listening experience. The Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium serves as the main stage for Songsmith Gathering. There are 1800 permanent seats under the covered section with ample lawn seating on both sides of the open air venue. Nestled into a beautiful cove with Pisgah National Forest as a backdrop it is an inspiring location for a great musical experience. (Please do not contact Brevard Music Center for more information about Songsmith Gathering.) With the Wood Brothers, Darrell Scott, Greg Brown, Clint Roberts, Sarah Siskind, Nicki Bluhm and more! BW will be joined by Ara Lee and Chris Rosser. Gates open at 11:30 am. BW plays at 1:30 on the main stage. 

Fri, Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series – Auburn, AL. 450 Thach Avenue. A not-for-profit, volunteer effort, the Sundilla series provides original, acoustic music in an intimate, gracious setting where it can be enjoyed by performers and listeners alike. Concerts held at the historic Unitarian Fellowship building. Advance tickets are available online at sundillamusic.com, and at Spicer’s Music and Blooming Colors. $12 adv/$15 door. 7:30 pm. 

Sat, Apr 28 – Full Moon Farm Concerts – Floral City, FL. Hosted by Dave & Teri Hartman. Please email info@fullmoonfarmfla.com to reserve tickets and get concert info. 7 pm. 

Sun, Apr 29 – Shack in the Back/Buckstel House Concerts – Gainesville FL. Shack In The Back / Bukstel House Concerts are a gathering of family and friends who bring their friends and …and so on..who love to listen to live acoustic music performed by artists who tour around the country. We host these concert four to fives times a year asking everyone to bring a dessert to share and suggest making a $15-$20 cash or check donation for the artist to show appreciation for bringing their beautiful music to these very special evenings. 7 pm. For reservations, call Ellen at 954-699-6092 or go to http://ellenbukstel.com/extras-5/

Tue, May 1 – Private House Concert – The Villages, FL.

Thu, May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL. 205 E Zarragossa St. RadioLive is a radio program with a live audience hosted by WUWF at the Museum of Commerce located in Historic Pensacola. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance online or at the door if seats are available. Seating is first-come first-serve. With Amy Speace and The Arcadian Wild. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

Fri, May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA. Calmes House Concerts promotes songwriters and performers of traditional and contemporary folk music in a living room setting. Please email or call Robert for info at calmeshouseconcerts@gmail.com or 225-241-3172. $20 suggested donation. Music starts at 7 pm. 

Thu, May 10 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portand, OR w/Peter Mulvey. The Alberta Rose is a mid-size, seated listening room where the audience can enjoy excellent lines of sight, outstanding acoustics and where every seat feels close to the stage andthe artist. With the great Peter Mulvey! BW will be previewing songs from the new album! $19 in advance/$24 day of show. 8 pm. All ages are welcome.

 Oh my. What an honor it was to sing with the Aurora Chorus in celebration of International Women’s Day…we went to church, y’all!!


This is Joan Szymko, the Aurora Chorus’s fearless leader, and definite Nasty Woman. 🙂


The best merch crew ever was there! Ocea (Merch Queen) and V and Jett are all permanently hired!


This was on the door at our house concert in Waupaca, WI hahahahaha!


And i had SO MUCH FUN playing with my friend Chris Kokesh! (and LJ Booth killing it on sound, not pictured…)


This is Artemis, she helped me sell merch.


From the front row at Bluff View House Concerts…if only I had seen that accordion…


I can’t even tell you how much it meant to me to play some Oregon shows with my buddy Tom Faulkner!!


Putting some emotion into it after visiting with Phil on KPTZ radio…

Oh we had such fun at Northwind Art Gallery in Port Townsend!


Um…I think Athena might be a little bit spoiled. BUT THOSE EYES!!


This is Maggie leaning in for a hug.


And this guy, Benny. I mean come on! He ate one of my slippers but I still love him.


4. THE FUTUREOh man, there is so much to look forward to. I can’t wait to finish this album and let it go out into the world. I can’t wait to write some tunes and make an album with Ara Lee! I can’t wait to sing for more folks and collaborate with more amazing musicians and meet more cute dogs along the way. 

Thank you for reading and for being invested in my artistic endeavors. It means the world to me! Now go out and smell some flowers!

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

May 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

Jun 15 – Eurosports – Sisters, OR

Jun 29 – Private Event – Denver, CO

Jul 11-15 – Summer Fishtrap – Joseph, OR

Jul 20 – House Concert – Big Bay, MI

Jul 21 – Acoustic Fest – Manitowoc, WI

Aug 3 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

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

Aug 17 – Harris Bridge Winery – Philomath, OR

Aug 22 – Bellevue Downtown Assoc. Live at Lunch – Bellevue, WA

March Newsy News is here!

Hello, March!

Monday Feb 26, 2018

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Your breath smells like lion.

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! Wow, what an exciting time this has been. THANK YOU to all of your support for my Kickstarter campaign! We reached our goal and then some and I couldn’t be more grateful! More about that later… but for now, here’s where I’ll be in March. I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, show details, and random pics and musings…

Sat, Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

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

Fri, Mar 9 – Private House Concert – Waupaca, WI

Sat, Mar 10 – Bluff View House Concert – Holmen, WI

Mon, Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN

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

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

Fri, Mar 23 – KPTZ 91.9 FM – Port Townsend, WA

Fri, Mar 23 – Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA

Sat, Mar 24 – Singing Workshop at Dusty Strings 

Sat, Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA w/Christopher Hayes

 1. GRATITUDE…BIG THANK YOU to all of your collective energy and support in helping me reach, then exceed my Kickstarter goal! And thank you to these peeps for making Feb’s shows really fun: Dana and all the crew at Pilot’s Pub, John Wynn and friends, Nancy and Joel and friends, Jenny and Oakley, Ann and Bop (awesome roadies!), Cathy and Rick, Lane and the crew at The Bugle Boy, Thomas & Gayle and all at Sycamore Creek, Rob & Tanya and friends, Bill and Mickie Lippe and friends, Mark and Jeanne and friends, and the great Tom Faulkner and Ara Lee.

2. THE NEWS…The biggest news of all is reaching and exceeding our goal on my Kickstarter campaign so that I can finish and promote album #11!! I must admit I was nervous about asking for your help, but you guys answered me with a resounding YES and I could not be more thrilled or grateful! We are in the mixing phase of the album right now, which means that all the recording is done (except for one cello part we are waiting on for Mai Bloomfield to do when she gets home from tour…woop!). Matt is diving in to the mixes at The Rye Room and it is sounding amazing! I will keep you posted on things as they develop.

Next piece of amazing news is the my 2nd book, “Ladder To The Light” is here! I stopped by Mezcalita Press when I was in Texas and got to pick up a few copies. It was such an amazing feeling to see my vision realized into this book! I’m super excited about the cover — thanks to Jen Blair for her great work on the graphics! And thanks to Nathan and Ashely for patiently working with me to see this book through to the finish. I will be working on getting this new book up on my website. In the mean time, I will have them at shows, or you can order one from me here.

I’ve got a few things coming up on my home turf that I am over-the-moon excited about! FIRTSLY, Ara Lee and I have been invited to be the special guests of the Aurora Chorus, a women’s choir here in Portland, this coming Sunday at their concert in celebration of International Women’s Day! We will sing a few songs, then the choir will do their program and then back us up on our song “Nasty Woman” and another couple songs. Wowza! THEN my good friend and one of my musical heros Tom Faulkner is coming to Oregon! Tom and I have played tons of shows together over the years, and he is one of my favorite artists and writers of all time. It has been a dream of mine to share his music with folks up here in the northwest, so please come show him some Oregon love! We’ll be playing at the lovely Artichoke listening room on Sat, March 17 and at John Cook’s Songwriter Series House Concerts in Bend (this one is already sold out so thank you, John and please come see us at Artichoke). Check out one of my favorite videos of me and Tom (with special guest my cousin John David on washboard!)

tom faulkner, beth wood, jd hurt

and one of my all-time favorite Tom Faulkner songs from one of his Troubdaour, TX appearances…

tom faulkner - angelina

AND THEN I am also super excited about a workshop here in Portland that I will be co-leading with Vicki Ambinder on April 7 & 8! Vicki has been a part of the folk community for many years and does amazing work as a performance coach. Her positive energy and approach along with her theater background and experience make her a wonderful coach to work with in addressing musical performance. Vicki and I have dreamed up a two-day songwriting and performace workshop for women songwriters that we will lead together. It is called Go Outside(Yourself) and Play: A Character Creation and Performance Workshop for Women Songwriters. It will be 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day at a quiet, private location in the West Hills, woop! Cost is $165 per person (includes both days). Registration is required and is limited to 12 participants. I hope you’ll join us! If you have questions or to begin the registration process, please email Vicki at vicki@vickiambinder.com. You can read more about it here!

Speaking of workshops, my cup runneth over this year with workshops! I am so honored to be leading a singing workshop at Dusty Strings in Seattle on Sunday, March 24. The workshop is open to all levels of singers, and we will be focusing on the breath and how to use breath as a tool to support relaxed, natural singing. And in April I will be co-leading the first annual Songsmith School in Brevard, NC with the great Sarah Siskind! My friend John Felty and his company Mountainsong Productions are putting on the first Songsmith Gathering – a songwriters festival at the beautiful Brevard Music Center. John and Sarah and I have been dreaming on the idea of a song school for a long time, and it is finally coming true this April! We will be leading a one-and-a-half day workshop gathering on April 19 & 20, and then we will sail right into the Songsmith Gathering on a wave of creative joy! Click on the beautful poster below to read more about Songsmith Gathering and Songsmith School!

And finally this blows my mind that I was invited to lead songwriting workshops at this year’s Summer Fishtrap Gathering in Joseph, OR. Fishtrap is a week-long writer’s conference located in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains at the south end of Wallowa Lake – with workshops in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, special workshops just for youth, and songwriting! Somebody pinch me please!

3. MARCH SHOWS AND HAPPENINGS…life is so uncertain, please call ahead! 

Sat, Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA. Located in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave. Anchor Coffee House is a relaxed, intimate, family-friendly venue featuring local, regional and nationally known folk, bluegrass and blues artists. In addition to great music, delicious fair trade coffee, fresh hot tea and homemade desserts are available to delight your taste buds while you enjoy the music! Free childcare is provided at each performance by a trained childcare provider. $15 advance/$20 door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all shows begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Sun, Mar 4 – Aurora Chorus Concert for International Womens Day – Portland, OR. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park. Since 1992, Aurora Chorus has honored the strength and beauty of women’s lives through the fine art of choral singing. Aurora was founded on the belief that music can be a powerful instrument of peace—locally, globally, and in the hearts of all who sing and all who listen. Directed by renowned choral composer Joan Szymko, Aurora Chorus is comprised of more than 90 singers from the Portland/Vancouver metro area. As the special guest artists for this special concert called “Sisters You Keep Me Fighting,” BW and Ara Lee will perform a 15-20 minute set and be accompanied by the choir on their anthem “Nasty Woman”. For more information, call 503-287-6721. $12. 4 pm. 

Fri, Mar 9 – Private House Concert – Waupaca, WI.

Sat, Mar 10 – Bluff View House Concert – Holmen, WI. A lovely house concert series hosted by the Schippers! For reservations, email Dave at dave@luckydog.band. Suggested donation is $15.00 each. 7:30 pm. 

Mon, Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN. Lips Atrium, Charlton Building-Subway Level. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Concert series is a weekly music program sponsored by Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, initiated through the generosity of Rosemary and Meredith Willson (the “Music Man.”) 12:10 pm. FREE.

Sat, Mar 17 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR. w/Tom Faulkner. 2007 SE Powell. Join us at the new Artichoke listening room for a foot-stompin time! with the great Tom Faulkner!! 8 pm. Advance tickets here: https://031718.brownpapertickets.com/

Sun, Mar 18 – Songwriter Series House Concert – Bend, OR w/Tom Faulkner. A beautiful house concert hosted by John Cook. With the great Tom Faulkner!! 4 pm potluck, 5 pm music. You may RSVP by calling John at 972.741.3251 or emailing johnmcook@gmail.com. $20. 

Fri, Mar 23 – KPTZ 91.9 FM – Port Townsend, WA. BW will visit KPTZ for a conversation and some tunes! 1 pm (Pacific Time). FREE – it’s radio! Listen live here: https://kptz.org/listen/

Fri, Mar 23 – Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA. 701 Water St. Matt Miner Presents Songwriter Showcase features musical performances in an intimate art gallery atmosphere. $12 in advance/$15 at the door. 7 pm. 

Sat, Mar 24 – Singing Workshop at Dusty Strings – Seattle, WA. 3406 Fremont Avenue N. Join us for a two hour vocal workshop – Breathing for Singing: Breath as a Tool for Natural Singing. Breathing is the foundation of singing. Explore how to breathe in a way that helps support your singing. Learn exercises to develop this tool and to think about songs in terms of breath. Use these exercises to raise your voice in song with others in this class for all levels of singers! $40. 1:30 pm. 

Sat, Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. 504 Pacific Ave N. BW is thrilled to return to the beautiful Peninsual Arts Center in Long Beach, this time with Christopher Hayes on guitar! Concerts at The Peninsula Arts Center presents the best and brightest in the Northwest music scene in an intimate house-concert-style setting with professional production and staging. Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. The Peninsula Arts Center is a Fair Trade Music venue. 7:00 PM (doors at 6:30) and tickets are $15. Beer, wine, and other refreshments are available. 

 ohmygosh this place Pilot’s Pub was so awesome! check out the bar stools y’all.

and I had the best roadies ever for my Texas trip!

This is the beautiful Sycamore Creek barn…designed specifically for concerts…it was such a joy to sing there!

we stopped by Mezcalita Press headquarters for a very important meeting with their CEO Cayenne (and to pick up my new books)!

Kira was very excited about our house concert in McKinney

And this is Oakley. THIS FACE!

and this ol gal!

and this is how I always feel leaving texas. 

and OMG, Ara Lee and I got to rehearse with the Aurora Chorus last night for our upcoming concert!


4. THE FUTURE…Wow, the future is looking quite full of awesome adventures!! We will keep working hard on this album and I will keep you posted on our progress. As always, I am in awe of your encouragement and support. THANK YOU for showing up, reading my silly yet newsy newsletters, and supporting my creative dreams. With much love and gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood
 

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE

Apr 2 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR

Apr 7 & 8 – Songwriting/Performance Workshop – Portland, OR

Apr 13 – Sessions at Chateau Ste. Michelle – Woodinville, WA

Apr 19 & 20 – Songsmith School – Brevard, NC

Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concerts – Auburn, AL

Apr 28 – TBA – Gainesville, FL

May 1 – House Concert – The Villages, FL

May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL

May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA

May 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

 

 

Hello friends — thanks to 270 generous folks, hereafter known as my Kickstarter family — WE DID IT!!

Thank you with all my heart for supporting this project and my creative dreams! More project updates soon… but for the moment I just want to express my gratitude. YOU ROCK!!

With a very full heart,

Beth

Super Speedy Update – My Kickstarter Halfway Point!

We’re halfway through my Kickstarter campaign…

Thursday Feb 8, 2018

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here’s a super speedy update!

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

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

kickstarter update - halfway through!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beth

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

Feb newsy news and call to action!

February, so short and sweet…

Sunday Jan 28, 2018

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and yet so mighty.

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

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

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

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

2/2 – McKinney House Concerts – McKinney, TX

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

2/9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kickstarter is a fundraising platform for creative projects. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AND HERE IS THE LINK FOR SHARING: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Game on, nasties!


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


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


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


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

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

Beth Wood
 

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE

Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

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

Mar 9 – Private Event – Waupaca, WI

Mar 10 – Bluff View House Concerts – Holmen, WI

Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN

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

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

Mar 23 – Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA

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

Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

Apr 19 & 20 – Songsmith School – Brevard, NC

Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concerts – Auburn, AL

May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL

May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA

SPECIAL NEWSY ANNOUNCEMENT!!

 

Testing one, two, three…announcing

Wednesday Jan 24, 2018

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

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

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

Kickstarter is a fundraising platform for creative projects.

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

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

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

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

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

HERE’S WHAT I’M ASKING:

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

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

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

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

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

AND HERE IS THE LINK FOR SHARING:

HERE’S WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO:

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

LET’S DO THIS!!! 

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

This is me pressing the launch button!!!

 

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December Newsy News and also cute dogs.

December is already here!?

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

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

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

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

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

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

Dec 9 – Artichoke Holiday Concert – Portland OR

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

Dec 31 – First Night Tacoma – Tacoma, WA

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

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

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

the rye room sessions - beth wood

the rye room sessions - beth wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and now for some random photos…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

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

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

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

Down the road a piece…

Jan 25 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

Feb 2 – TBA – TX

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

Feb 9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

Feb 10 – Sycamore Creek Concerts – Dripping Springs, TX

Feb 11 – Stallion Springs Concerts – Fischer, TX

Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA

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

Mar 10 – Bluff House Concerts – Holmen, WI

Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN

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

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

Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

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

Apr 19-21 – Songsmith School- Brevard, NC

Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

November Newsy News!

 

Break out the fuzzy slippers…

Monday, Oct 30, 2017

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

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

Wed, Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge MA

Thu, Nov 2 – Albany Pump Station – Albany NY

Fri, Nov 3 – University Club – Albany NY

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

Wed, Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton MA

Thu, Nov 9 – NERFA Conference – Stamford CT

Fri, Nov 10 – NERFA Conference – Stamford CT

Sat, Nov 11 – Private Event – West Chester PA

Sun, Nov 12 – House Concert – Annapolis MD

Sat, Nov 18 Open Door @ Ascension – Portland OR

Sun, Nov 19 Olympia Acoustic Concerts – Olympia, WA

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

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

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

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

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

the rye room sessions - anna tivel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Look out, world!

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

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

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

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

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

Anybody want a ride to the  barn concert?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: PO Box 10141, Portland, OR 97296

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…

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!