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Sept, you snuck up on me!

Really, September?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

icon You sneaky monkey.
(this pic is from our Home By Dark concert at Chukkar Farm, I had so much fun singing with Billy Montana and the crew!)

Greetings friends and fellow music lovers! August was a whirlwind of emotion and travel and extremely gratifying experiences, and I’m SO excited for what Sept has in store for me after I catch my breath and do some laundry! :)

I wanted to send this out before everyone heads out for a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  Here’s what’s up…

Aug 29 – Interview on KWUF Radio – Pagosa Springs, CO

Aug 31- Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO

Sep 2-5  – Sisters Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 6-7 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

Sep 11 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR

Sep 13 – Clark County Folk Festival – Yacolt, WA

Sep 17 – Alberta Street Public House – Portland, OR

Sep 24 – Musicians Empowered Song Hour (online!)

Sep 26 – Quantam Arts Presents at the Soularium – Fort Collins, CO

Sep 27 – The Bull Moose – Guffey, CO

Sep 28 – Sundays at the Fork – Lyons, CO

1. GRATITUDE AND THE NEWS…This past month has been jam-packed and simply thrilling! I got to play with old friends and new in GA and CO and sing in celebration of Maggie & Glen’s wedding in KY. And in between all that singing I got to visit with family and friends and do a little fly-fishing and hiking in CO…which makes for one happy girl.

Thanks to Ann & Nan for making all the arrangements and to the Wood/Ochs/Hurt/Howe/Audlin/Van Voorhis clan for another great year! Thanks to Chris & T & G for the wonderful visit and to Jen & Suz and E for sharing in our Colorado adventures! Extra special thanks to all these folks for making August so awesome… to James & Karen Casto and all the crew at Home By Dark, Billy Montana, Carole & Nessa Ford, Matt Blanchard & Jim Hettinger for two roof-raising nights at Chukkar Farm. Thanks to Gabrielle & Chris and friends for a truly magical house concert in the canyon overlooking the twinkling lights of Denver. Thanks to Carol, Mercury Lounge, LoveHopeStrength and all the musicians who sang their hearts out for the benefit concert. And thank you to Chris & Lee, Maggie & Glen, The Delaney family, and all of Maggie & Glen’s family and friends who made me feel so welcome and appreciated!

In addition to getting to sing beautiful songs by Randy Newman and Justin Davis, Georgia Middleman and Sarah Zimmerman, I had the thrill of playing Maggie’s favorite BW songs at hers and Glen’s wedding reception. When I started to play my song “All Yours”, Maggie and Glen spontaneously walked on to the dance floor and shared a sweet slow-dance all by themselves. It was a thrill and I think we were all having an emotional moment! To know that my music meant that much to someone touched me deeply and brought a tear to my eye. All my years of hard work may not be rewarded by lots of radio play or record deals or Grammy awards, but none of that matters that much to me anyway. That moment with Maggie and Glen dancing was a reward that I will cherish always and draw upon when I start to lose faith.

I am thrilled to be a part of two wonderful festivals coming up – The Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs, CO on Labor Day weekend and the Sisters Song Academy and Folk Festival the following week and weekend. I. Can. Not. WAIT!!! Folks in the Four Corners FF community have already started welcoming me on facebook, by email, and in person, which can only be foreshadowing of a wonderful time to come. And you all know how I feel about Sisters. It is my musical spiritual home and an absolute honor to be part of that family of creative folks! This year is going to be off the charts amazing! After that I get to return to a sweet wine bar in Eugene and play for a new festival – the Clark County Folk Festival held at ?? winery, followed by a show in Portland and a short run in CO…woohoo!

Well I can hardly believe it, but I ran my first marathon and survived! It was one of the most exhilirating and humbling experiences of my life. I am so grateful to everyone in my circle for cheering me on and supporting me throughout the journey of training and race day! It was a personal goal and an absolute thrill to experience. Lots of folks are asking if I will run another one and I don’t have clarity on that yet. I’m still soaking it in and getting some rest. :) But I’m happy to say my love and respect for running remains intact and I am conitnually inspired by new my hometown, of Eugene and its gorgeous trails!

2. SHOWS — The Details

(Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!)

Aug 29 – Interview on KWUF 106.1 FM – Pagosa Springs, CO.   Tune in to the KWUF website for live streaming! 2 pm Mountain time.

Aug 31- Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO. Four Corners Folk Festival is a magical festival and gathering in the san juan mountains with camping, kids programs, workshops, campfire jams and more. The Four Corners Folk Festival’s storied Main Stage has hosted some of the finest musicians in the Americana, Bluegrass, Folk and Newgrass genres. BW will take the stage at 11 am. 877-472-4672 for ticket info. Also playing is Sam Bush Band, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Elephant Revival, Sarah Jarosz, Sons of Fathers, Paper Bird, Heather Maloney/Darlingside, Baskery, Caravan of Thieves, Marley’s Ghost, Shook Twins, Sunliner, Beth Wood, Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys and more!! BW plays the main stage at 11 am. Songwriting workshop at 1 pm.

Sep 2-5 Sisters Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR. The Americana Song Academy is an exciting, comprehensive workshop with an emphasis on songwriting, lyric development, guitar technique and accompaniment. Designed for musicians, writers and songwriters of all ages and abilities who are interested in lifelong learning and acoustic American music in its finest traditions. As always, the Academy will be held at Camp Caldera, high in the Cascade Mountains just a few miles northwest of Sisters, Oregon. Located on Blue Lake, Caldera is a beautiful site surrounded by pine trees and snow-capped mountains. The setting alone is inspirational. Come join the community of folks that call “Song Camp” home each year for a pilgrimage back to your creative self! BW is honored to be on staff a the ASA!

Sep 6 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. he Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass. The Festival is held every year in September, the weekend after Labor Day, in beautiful Sisters, Oregon. The Festival is home to ten stages, including an 900-seat venue at the Village Green Park in downtown Sisters, and 1,100 seats at Sisters Art Works. BW plays a festival set with her kick-ass band from Eugene on Saturday! Artworks Stage, 6 pm.

Sep 7 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. BW hosts the Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration. Free and open to all! 10 am.

Sep 11 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR. 218 E. 5th Ave, In the 5th Street Public Market. Route 5 NW Wine Bar offers northwest wines by the glass and bottle as well as local microbrews and gourmet snacks. Join us on the patio for some music! 6-8 pm.

Sep 13 – Clark County Folk Festival – Yacolt, WA. At Mounton Falls Winery, 31101 NE Railroad Avenue. At Moulton Falls Winery in Yacolt, WA. Music starting at 1-7 pm. Festival seating – please bring lawn chairs & blankets. $10 Admission. Children 12 and under, free! 10% of the ticket price goes to The American Cancer Society North Clark Relay for Life No outside beverages or alcohol, please. BW plays at 5 pm.

Sep 17 – Alberta Street Public House – Portland, OR. 1036 NE Alberta St. “Local Roots” Radio Show Live at the Alberta Street Public House. $5. BW plays around 8 pm.

Sep 24 – Musicians Empowered Song Hour – The Interwebs.  MESH is an acoustic online show that highlights up and coming and seasoned musicians in an intimate acoustic setting on the blog Musicians Empowered. The show’s format recreates a campfire style setting where musicians swap songs and stories. Hosts of the show will help create an atmosphere that keeps the show entertaining and moving.  6 pm Pacific Time.

Sep 26 – Quantam Arts Presents at the Soularium – Fort Collins, CO. 706 East Stuart St. All Quantum Arts shows are non-smoking and are for all ages (with some parental discretion). Seating is by general admission. Doors open approximately 1 1/2 hours prior to showtime. For questions or to buy tix by please call 970-412-6731 or email steve@quantamarts.net. $17. 7:30pm.

Sep 27 – The Bull Moose – Guffey, CO. 1245 Canon St. The Bull Moose is located in Guffey, Colorado, an old mining town nestled in a picturesque valley of the Rocky Mountains. Come in for a warm welcome, delicious meal, & enjoy the wonderful scenery and mountain air. This will be a seated show and BW’s 2nd time in Guffey! Please call 719-689-4199 for reservations. 7:30 pm.

Sep 28 – Sundays at the Fork – Lyons, CO. 450 Main Street. 303-823-5014. Join us on the patio for music, great food, insanely good margaritas and good friends in beautiful Lyons!

Hey y’all, it’s the finish line!!!!! Is that the face of triumph or relief?? :)

This crazy sky greeted me as I drove away from our Picnic In The Park show in Prineville, OR. Such a beautiful place and I loved singing with Dale & Mai — the BW trio!

One of my favorite views from  the stage. At Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta, GA

Chukkar Farm is a polo farm. For real. I don’t know what this word means but I love saying it… 

This crew blew the roof off at Chukkar Farm!!

Check out this loverly house concert setting…thanks to Gabrielle Louise & friends for making it look like a vintage postcard!

speaking of the lovely Gabs… thanks Reggie for the photo…

And finally, I didn’t take any pictures of the fish I caught in the beautiful streams of southwestern Colorado. They were too slippery. 

3. THE FUTURE...I’m looking forward to a southeast trip in Oct where I’ll visit some old favorite places and discover some new ones! Then it’s off to Oakland for the Far West Folk Alliance conference and back home to open for the great Peter Mulvey in Corvallis.  Life is good!!

In the mean time I’m trying to eat all the tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, eggplant, and jalapeno peppers that my garden is making! I think some salsa is in order…

Thank you for reading and for cheering me on! Hope to see  you out there on the road. Your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

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

 

p.s. check out this awesome pic of me and Dave Stoddard taken by Holly D — she’s amazing!!!


 

August, I already love you.

Hey August,Wednesday, July 30, 2014
icon I already love you.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! Summer is in full swing and I couldn’t be more tickled, especially considering all that August has in store for me! Here’s what’s up…7/30 – Picnic in the Park Concerts – Prineville, OR
8/1 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA
8/2 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA
8/3 – Gone Fishin’
8/17 – House Concert – Golden, CO
8/20 – BTO Anniversary Concert at The Mercury Cafe – Denver, CO
8/23 – Maggie & Glen’s Wedding! – Louisville, KY
8/31 – Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO

1.  CALL TO ACTION…I am seeking a show or house concert near Asheville or Greenville, SC on Sat, Oct 4.  Anyone in WNC/SC have ideas?? My toes are already dancing at the thought of being in WNC in October!

2.  GRATITUDE…Thanks to everyone who made July so incredibly fun! Thanks to Route 5 NW Wine Bar, Abecela Winery, and Silvan Ridge Winery – all wonderful places close to home that are supporting local music. Thanks to Dave Stoddard for the most fun tour ever, and to Beth & Rue, Tom H, Jim & Carla, Steve S and City of Rochester, Brandon & Heather, John & Marie, Betsy & Eric, the Stoddard family, Bill & Kate Isles, The Flyin’ A’s, Mike & Tracy, Karen & Mark & Evansville Arts Center, Cindy & Carol, Carle & Jeannie, and Molly & Emily & Sophie and the wonderful Fergus crew!

3.  THE NEWS… My MN/WI tour with David Stoddard was a resounding success!! We had such a blast and the great news is we are already planning more tours. We’re thinking of doing some shows next August in the Midwest. I guess if we’re going to do lots of duo shows, we need a band name. Anyone?

TADA!!! Finally, my new website is up and running!! BIG thanks to Della Perry for working with me on this and for helping to make it a slimmer, more responsive, more elegant site that works well on computers, phones and tablets! On the face of it, things don’t look too different. But there are some fun changes so check it outhere when you get a chance!

August brings me back to the family vacation spot in southwestern Colorado that has fed my spirit for as long as I can remember. I am SO looking forward to quality family time, fly fishing, hiking, happy hours, and game nights by the fire. Of course, I have to support my fly fishing habit, so I’ve got a few really cool shows in CO coming up! Looking forward to a house concert in Golden, a benefit for LoveHopeStrength in Denver, and my first trip to the Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs!

In between all the fishing and hiking, I also get to play for three really special events in GA and KY.  I’m stoked to return to my favorite concert series in the world, Home By Dark hosted by James Casto at beautiful Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta for two nights with the insanely talented Mr. Casto, chart-topping singer-songwriter Billy Montana, killer sax man Matt Blanchard, and the amazing Jim Hettinger on keys. Watching James put on shows through the years has taught me how powerful it can be to present music in unique and beautiful setting. Hearing Matt’s sax ring out and echo over the hills at the polo farm at twilight is one of my favorite music memories. Looking forward to creating more! And every now and then, I get invited to sing for a wedding. It is such an honor and I am so thrilled to be a part of Maggie & Glen’s wedding in Louisville. Can’t wait!

And on a personal note, I’m so excited and grateful to say that I ran my first marathon on Sunday!! It was so fun to run in my hometown, the great running town of Eugene, and be cheered on and supported by Marty and friends along the way! Thanks to my coaches Bella & Erin, and everyone who supported and encourged me!! It was so hard but totally worth it. :)

4. AUGUST SHOWS…

7/30 – Picnic in the Park Concerts - Prineville, OR. At Pioneer Park. I’m thrilled to be playing for Picnic in the Park’s 10th anniversary season! Fostering partnerships for the benefit of the community, Picnic in the Park is made possible through the generous support of businesses that call Central Oregon home. Trio show with Dale Largent and Matt Hyman. FREE! 6-8 pm.

8/1 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. 678-665-0040. HOME BY DARK @ Chukkar Farm features the best performing songwriters and musicians in the country. 2014 will mark our 8th year of concerts and we are planning another outstanding series for you to enjoy. We rent tables that seat 2, 4, 6, and 8. If you need something larger than 8, let us know. We’ll do our best to make it happen. Table reservations include table and chairs. The potato salad is up to you. Events are rain or shine, hot or cold. All tables are located under the pavilion unless otherwise noted. General Admission seating is located outside of the pavilion. No seating is provided for G.A. tickets, so bring chairs, blankets, etc. NO TABLES in the General Admission area.Online sales accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Amercian Express. Got questions? Contact us at karen@homebydark.com With the great James Casto, Billy Montana, Matt Blanchard & Jim Hettinger! 8 pm. $17 general admission.

8/2 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. Same as above…another great night!!

8/17 – House Concert – Golden, CO. Hosted by the lovely Gabrielle and Chris, in beautiful Coal Creek Canyon. For info and reservations, please email bookgabriellelouise@gmail.com. $15 suggested donation. 7 pm potluck, 8 pm music.

8/20 – Behind The Ogden Anniversary Concert at The Mercury Cafe – Denver, CO. BTO is an intimate house concert in a private home in a spacious loft near downtown Denver, graciously hosted by Carol & Jeffrey. BTO celebrates its 5th anniversary at The Mercury Cafe with a benefit concert for Love Hope Strength! Since 2007, LHS volunteers have conducted thousands of bone marrow donor drives (including two at BTO, resulting in TWO matches). They have added over 58,000 people to the world wide bone marrow donor registry, resulting in over 937 potentially life saving matches for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. With Gabrielle Louise, Brodie Kinder, Megan Burtt, Rabbi Joe Black, Jesse Garland, Scott Doser, Breanna Boswick, the Folkatones, BW and more! $15 in advance/$20 at the door. All proceeds go to Love Hope Strength.

8/23 – Maggie’s Wedding! – Louisville, KY

8/31 – Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO. Reservoir Hill Park. Four Corners Folk Festival is a magical festival and gathering in the san juan mountains with camping, kids programs, workshops, campfire jams and more. The Four Corners Folk Festival’s storied Main Stage has hosted some of the finest musicians in the Americana, Bluegrass, Folk and Newgrass genres. BW will take the stage Sunday at 11 am. 877-472-4672 for ticket info. Also playing is Sam Bush Band, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Elephant Revival, Sarah Jarosz, Sons of Fathers, Paper Bird, Heather Maloney/Darlingside, Baskery, Caravan of Thieves, Marley’s Ghost, Shook Twins, Sunliner, Beth Wood, Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys and more!!

what a blast we had on our “Damn The Mosquitos” MN/WI tour!! Thanks Mark Weise for the great photo above from Evansville Arts Center, and thanks Holly for this pic taken at Mike & Tracy’s barn…such a gorgeous place!

Betsy & Eric’s house concert in Manitowoc right on the ocean, I mean Lake Michigan. I couldn’t resist getting a balcony shot at sound check!

Best band photo ever. This guy sat in with us at Beth & Rue’s house.

Another reason I love Minnesota…


gorgeous view from the stage at Silvan Ridge Winery…


hey look!  it’s a Ranger photobomb… 


Oh lord, what have I done?

Triumph at the finish line!

soon…oh soon…hey there little fishy I don’t even want to eat you, just meet you for a minute…

5. THE FUTURE…I’m looking forward to my favorite week of the year — the Sisters Americana Song Academy and Folk Festival. It’s gonna be so awesome I can barely contain it! Super excited to be playing a band set at the festival with my killer band from the CD release party! WOOP!

In the mean time, I can’t wait to enjoy a few tomatoes from my exploding garden! They’re starting to turn just now…

I hope your summer has been fruitful and filled with adventures that feed your mind, body, and spirit. Thank you for supporting my musical journey and I hope to see you out there on the road soon!! With much gratitude from your fan,

 

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

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

 

 

This is the view of Mt Baldy Cinco from the front porch of the cabin in CO…my heart sighs a blissful sigh just thinking about it!  

July’s Newsy Newsletter is here!

Wow, things are really heating up!

Monday Jun 30, 2014

icon July, I welcome your sweaty awesomeness, but not your mosquitos.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

What a fabulous time this is! Summer is in full swing, the veggies are exploding in the back yard, the new CD is blooming, and fun things just keep on happening!

Welcome to my newsy newsletter – I’m so pleased that you are here!! I like to tell you straight away where I’m playing, and then if you’re so inclined (and I hope you are!), you can scroll down for all the juicy show details, musings, gratitude, and news.  In July, I will be these fabulous places…

Tue, Jul 1 – PK Park (National Anthem) – Eugene, OR
Thu, Jul 3 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR
Sat, Jul 5 – Abacela Winery – Roseburg, OR
Wed, Jul 9 – House Concert – Chatfield, MN
Thu, Jul 10 – Thursdays on First & 3rd – Rochester, MN
Fri, Jul 11 – House Concert – Pine Island, MN
Sat, Jul 12 – Cafe Carpe – Ft Atkinson, WI
Sun, Jul 13 – House Concert – Manitowoc, WI
Wed, Jul 16 – House Concert – Kent, MN
Thu, Jul 17 – Evansville Arts Center – Evansville, MN
Fri, Jul 18 – Outdoor House Concert – Erhard, MN
Sat, Jul 19 – Barn Raising Concert – Fergus Falls, MN
Sun, Jul 20 – Sun Dog Farm Concerts – Maple Plain, MN

1. GRATITUDE.  June was out of this world and I’m still absorbing the awesomeness. Our CD release celebration at Cozmic was one of the most fun times I have ever had -making music or otherwise.  Thank you to the best band evah: Peter Perdichizzi, Merlin Showalter, Milo Fultz, Tyler Fortier & Erin Flood-Fortier and to Thaddeus Moore for killer sound. Thanks to Alec and staff at Cozmic for the hospitality and for working to make it a great show. Thanks to KLCC, KRVM, The Eugene Register-Guard and the Eugene Weekly for helping get the word out. Thanks to Ocea, killer merch queen! Thanks to Gabrielle & Brodie and to everyone who showed up to help us celebrate!! I’d also like to thank everyone who helped make my buddy Nathan Brown’s northwest tour a fabulous reality! Thanks to Margie, Suzan, PJ, Keith Greeninger, and Matt Meighan. Thanks to the folks at the Secret Garden/NW Portland Hostel for another fun evening, and to the Eugene Emeralds for encouraging me in my weird hobby of singing the National Anthem! And thanks to Tiff, Andrew, Stanley & Frank for our wonderful boat trip!

2.  THE NEWS.  In case you missed it, my new CD “Sometimes Love” is here!! I am so incredibly proud of this one, y’all. There are many ways to check out the new music and help support my musical journey at the same time!  CDBaby, ITunes, Amazon, Paypal, Mail Order (check for $15 to PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440), and good ol-fashioned in-person sales are some of my favorite ways. Also, if you already have the new music and have a minute and to go above and beyond, you can write a review on CDBaby, Itunes, or Amazon!  Thanks to everyone for supporting this album!

July is jam packed with insanely wonderful shows, including a triumverate of local winery gigs (YAY!), a MN/WI tour with my friend Dave Stoddard, one of the funniest and most talented humans I have ever met (YAY!), and an outdoor show in the park in central OR with percussionist Dale Largent and multi-instrumentalist Mai (YAY!). And then the August of travel insanity begins…  :)

Also new…BW T-shirts!! Designed by Marty and Danny Cowley, modeled by Ocea, these cuties feature a BW guitar symbol on the front and a killer illustration by Danny on back. We’ve got women’s and men’s sizes, a gorgeous grey color in softie 100% cotton. To check em out, click here!

In other random news, on July 27 I will be running my first marathon. There have been a few days in my training that I have wondered why the hell I had this hair-brained idea. But it’s not so crazy, really. I like to run. I like to have goals and work to reach them. There is so much uncertainty and so much that is out of my hands in the music biz that it’s tough to set and meet goals there. So why not set them in my regular life? Besides, Eugene is a great running town (one of its nicknames is “Track Town” after all). I figure the Eugene Martahon is a cultural experience I should be a part of. Plus I can eat all the pasta I want. Win!

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

Tue, Jul 1 – PK Park (National Anthem) – Eugene, OR. BWsings our National Anthem at 7 pm for Eugene Emeralds vs. Spokane!! Also Military Appreciation Night, Bi-Mart Tuesday, and Hoppy Tuesday — it’s gonna be a good one!!

Thu, Jul 3 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR. 248 E. Fifth Ave (in the Fifth Street Market). BW will play music on the patio from 6-8 pm. Grab a glass of NW wine and enjoy the sunshine!! Free!

Sat, Jul 5 – Abacela Winery – Roseburg, OR. 12500 Lookingglass Rd. Join us on the back patio for some gorgeous views, insanely good wine, music and community!! 6pm.

Wed, Jul 9 – House Concert – Chatfield, MN. Graciously hosted by Beth R. Email riley.beth@mayo.edu for info and reservations. With the great Dave Stoddard! 7:30 pm.

Thu, Jul 10 – Thursdays on First & 3rd – Rochester, MN. Thursdays on first & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays on first & 3rd is an event that unites the Rochester community and provides a free option to simply enjoy life, feel a sense of place, and interact with others! Sit back and relax with friends and family as live dance and performing arts are featured from 11:30-12:30PM. Stick around for the Music Festival performances at 5:00PM and 7:00PM on two stages! If you feel like getting your hands dirty, be sure to head to Historic 3rd Street for Arts & Culture LIVE! This area will feature different interactive art options each week. BW and Dave Stoddard will play the opening set for this free summer concert series! 5 pm.

Fri, Jul 11 – House Concert – Pine Island, MN. Hosted by Brandon and Heather Sampson. For info & RSVP please email heatherrit@yahoo.com. With the great Dave Stoddard!

Sat, Jul 12 – Cafe Carpe - Ft Atkinson, WI. 18 South Water St. West. BW returns to this fine listening with the great Dave Stoddard! 8:30 pm.

Sun, Jul 13 – House Concert – Manitowoc, WI. John Doll opens. 3 pm potluck. $15 suggested donation. For reservations and directions, please contact Betsy at allesbetsy@gmail.com or 920-912-6149. With the great Dave Stoddard!  3 pm.

Wed, Jul 16 – House Concert – Kent, MN. Hosted by Mike & Tracey. Please call 701 671 6769 or email bohemian@rrt.net for information and directions. $15 suggested donation. With the great Dave Stoddard! 7:30 pm.

Thu, Jul 17 – Evansville Arts Center – Evansville, MN. 111 Main Street. BW and Dave Stoddard return to the wonderful Evansville Arts Center for an evening of story, song & fun times. Free admission, donations will be accepted. 7 pm.

Fri, Jul 18 – Outdoor House Concert – Erhard, MN.Outdoor House Concert near Maplewood State Park. 33923 Hwy 27. 218-205-1107 or email crjohnson_cindy@yahoo.com for info. $15 suggested donation. No RSVP necessary. For your comfort, please bring a folding chair and insect repellent. We will provide cold beverages and a simple dessert. You’re welcome to bring finger-food-dessert to share. BYOB if you wish. No pets, please. With the great Dave Stoddard! Rain or shine! 7 pm.

Sat, Jul 19 – Barn Raising Concert – Fergus Falls, MN. It’s a Concert at Dave Stoddard’s HOUSE! The Big Barn Raising! $20 suggested donation. Also Featuring Pat Lenertz! email david_stoddard@hotmail.com to RSVP and get the address and details.

Sun, Jul 20 – Sun Dog Farm Concerts – Maple Plain, MN. Email sundogfarmconcerts@gmail.com or call Carla at 763-479-4396 for reservations or information. $15 suggested donation. Open to all, all ages welcome. With the great Dave Stoddard! 7 pm.

Fri, Jul 25 - Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR. 27012 Briggs Hill Road. Join us at beautiful Silvan Ridge Winery for their Friday Night Concert Series!! BW will play from 6-8 outside!

Wed, Jul 30 – Picnic In The Park Concert Series – Prineville, OR. At Pioneer Park.  BW is thrilled to be playing for Picnic in the Park’s 10th anniversary season! Fostering partnerships for the benefit of the community, Picnic in the Park is made possible through the generous support of businesses that call Central Oregon home. FREE! 6 pm.

Fun stuff…

here’s our flyer for the MN/WI Damn, The Mosquitos Tour…

most aweome band show/CD release party evah!!

these were our pre-show rawk faces… (warning: dork alert!!)

look who I found lurking in the shadows at KRVM…Keith Greeninger!

Here’s the great poet Nathan Brown rocking out at KLCC and making poetry sound cool!

we got to take the most amazing boat trip among the San Juan Islands thanks to Tiff & Andrew.  sunsets like this just kept showing up. And we saw orcas, and I screamed with joy!!

boat buddies Frank & Stanley…

wow this was so cool!!

this is Abacela winery…the place I get to play July 5…happy sighhhhh…

4. THE FUTURE..Well the future of my summer looks pretty bright!  In August I get to return to one of my all-time favorite concert series, Home By Dark’s Concerts at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta, GA for two glorious nights. And then I’ll head to Colorado for a family gathering/fly-fishing/hiking extravaganza, followed by singing at lovely Maggie S’s wedding in Kentucky and my first appearance at the Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs, CO…whew!!!  Renee and I are working on building a great fall tour schedule with Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy in Sept, a southeast trip in Oct and California in Nov, along with more great NW stuff.  WOOHOO!!

Zooming out, I will be formulating a plan for getting “Sometimes Love” out into the world. Radio, press, licensing…there are so many opportunities and so many avenues. I will reach as many as I can with the resources that I have, and then I will reach out for help with the ones that are beyond the reach of my little hands. I don’t know how we’ll get there, but we’ll get there!

Many thanks to all of you for reading my musings, for encouraging me, and for showing up with open hearts! I hope your summer is as wonderful and abundant as my little garden out back!

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

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

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New awesome BW T-shirts are here!

The New Beth Wood T-shirts are here!
I’m so excited, y’all! The new BW T-shirts are here!! Thanks to Marty Ochs and Danny Cowley for the design! We’ve got womens S, M, L & XL (the run a tad bit small, ladies…I would probably get a L or a M) and mens sizes M, L, XL, XXL. Thanks to my fabulous model Ocea!! These are a gorgeous grey color and super soft…woohoo!

I will have these at shows and you can also order here:


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Hey it’s my June Newsletter Y’all and a Big Announcement!!

Holy cannoli, June is here, and so is my new CD! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

and so is my new CD!!!!
Greetings friends and fellow music lovers!! Well I can hardly believe it but June is here. This is a very special time for many reasons. At the top of that list is the arrival of my new CD, “Sometimes Love”, the culmination of a year and a half of hard work and collaboration!! Can’t wait to tell you more below.. 

But first, I want to tell you right away about these awesome shows coming up. Scroll down for all the details..

Fri, June 6 — Eugene, OR — House Concert with Nathan Brown

Sun, June 8 — Portland, OR — House Concert with Nathan Brown

Mon, June 9 — Portland, OR — Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel

Sat, June 14 — Eugene, OR — CD RELEASE PARTY WITH TYLER FORTIER AND A KICK-ASS BAND!

Tue, June 17 – Portland, OR — Secret Garden Concerts Opening Night

1. GRATITUDE…WOW. My trip to Texas was epic. Thank you to all y’all who helped me on my musical journey! Thank you to Nan & Dave, Ann & Bob, Michael & Liza & Kenedy & Keane, Laura & Mark & Elise & Rachel & Stephen, Mindy & Shawn & Jenna , JD & Chris & Ryan & Jordan…I loved seeing you all! Thanks to Steve & Ginny, Uncle Calvin’s crew, Dirje Smith, Stacy and all at Hot Springs Village, John & Kathy Cook, Judy & Moody, Jaci & Giles & friends, Pam & Jack & friends, Al & Pat Johnson & Donna Hanson and all at Wildflower! Festival! Thanks to Steve Gibson, Mike Meyer and everyone who took part in the Bob Dylan’s birthday celebration/benefit concert for Food For Lane County Dining Room and Opportunity Village…it was a huge success! And thanks to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes!

2. THE NEWS…Well folks, it is finally here! My ninth CD, “Sometimes Love” produced by Eugene’s own Tyler Fortier with the finest musicians in the west. I almost called this CD “Stone By Stone” because we recorded it one song at a time, a very different approach from the way albums are typically made. The whole time, it felt like we were building something, but it was slow work and took a while to see our progress. Now when I step back and take it all in, I am so proud and amazed!!

It all started with a few seeds that, with time and care, have grown into beautiful flowers!

–Tyler emailed me and said he wanted to start producing more, and could he produce a song for me for free, to gain experience? I said sure. That song was “Whiskey” and it turned out bad-ass. Seed #1 planted.

–Right around this time I had a conversation with my friend Peter Perdichizzi, real life rock star and wise one, in which I was wondering out loud how I was ever going to make another CD, I had no dough, and besides the music biz is changing. Peter took a sip of his beer and said, “Change is good.” Seed #2 planted.

–I got creative and launched my Song Of The Month Club to provide funds for the recording, and lots of you jumped on board with enthusiasm and encourging words! Seed #3 planted and watered.

So thank you to all of you who have helped me make this dream come true!! The Song of the Month Club was such a success that I plan to launch it again once I’ve had a chance to catch my breath. Woohoo!

The official release party is going to be Saturday, June 14 at Cozmic here in Eugene. It will be a very special night as Tyler Fortier is also celebrating a release of his own CD, “Black and White Heart”. That’s right, it’s a DOUBLE CD RELEASE PARTY! We will share a band and rock it in celebration of new works. Eugene peeps, this is such a special, important night for Tyler and me. We hope you’ll come out and support us, and if you can’t, tell your friends!! Thanks to Danny Cowley for the most awesome concert poster ever!!

June 10 is the date that the CD will be available online for sale at CDBaby. I am also a big fan of the old-fashioned person to person method of transaction, so if you would like to buy the CD directly from me, you can do so here at Paypal. I have submitted the CD to Itunes, Amazon, all the various download sites, but it sometimes takes a while for them to process. I will keep you posted! You will be able to download from CDBaby on June 10.

This is also a very special time because my friend Nathan Brown will be in the Northwest, and we will be collaborating on a couple of shows. I am a huge fan of Nathan’s poetry, songs, and musicianship, and he makes a mean margarita. :) Nathan is current Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, and he knocked our socks off at last year’s Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy. Nathan’s poetry is accessible, humor-filled, poignant and real, and I promise you will love it. We will be doing shows in Eugene and Portland, and Nathan will be leading a creativity workshop in Portland as well. Details are below..

3. CALLS TO ACTION…Eugene friends, we need all the help we can get publicizing our CD release show at Cozmic. Holla at me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com if you’d like to help hang posters, spread the word, etc.

Also, I have heard from many fabulous Cayamo alums asking if I will return next year. I would LOOOOVE TO, but it’s really not up to me. If you have a minute, please reach out to Andy and/or your friends at Sixthman and let them know you’d like to see me return! You can reach them here on Facebook or here on Twitter. Let’s do this!

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

Fri, June 6 – House Concert – Eugene, OR. House concert in south Eugene hosted by the lovely Margie. Folks are encouraged to bring a snack to share. $10-$15 suggested donation. Please email Margie for reservations and info at margjam57 [AT] gmail.com. An evening of words and music with BW and Oklahoma Poet Laureate (and singer-songwriter) Nathan Brown! 7 pm gathering, 7:30 concert. Here’s our flyer…


Sat, June 7 – Nathan Brown Poetry Reading at Paulina Springs Book Store — Sisters, OR.252 W Hood Ave. 6:30 pm. 541-549-0866. (I’m not playing at this event but I wanted to tell you friends in central Oregon about it!!). Singer-songwriter, storyteller, photographer and poet Nathan Brown will present his newest book of poetry, “Less is More, More or Less” at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. $5.00 admission will be refunded. Come on down before you head out the The Barn for the Keith Greeninger/Dayan Kai concert!

Sun, June 8 – Suzan’s SE Studio – Portland, Or. Creativity Workshop with Nathan Brown, followed by house concert with Nathan Brown and Beth Wood. Workshop from 3-6 pm, followed by dinner at the local food cart court, followed by concert from 7-9 pm. $45 for workshop plus concert; $15 for concert only. Pay at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. For reservations, call 503-206-8868 or email 2muse1014 [AT] gmail.com. Here’s the flyer…


Mon, June 9 – Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel – Portland, OR. 303 S.W. 12th Ave. 503-972-2670. BW and Nathan Brown will be joining the great Matt Meighan during his weeklong residency at Al’s Den. 7-10 pm, no cover.

Sat, June 14 – Cozmic – Eugene, OR. 199 W. 8th Ave. 541-338-9333. BW AND TYLER FORTIER DOUBLE CD RELEASE PARTY WITH A BAND! (I’m kind of excited, can you tell?) $10 at the door. Colorado singer-songwriter and sustainability activist Gabrielle Louise opens.

Tue, June 17 – Secret Garden Concerts – Portland, OR. At the Northwest Portland Hostel – 425 NW 18th Avenue. 503-241-2783. The beautiful garden is the perfect setting for a summer evening of music and a barbecue. Everyone is invited to sign up to play a song, and featured artists (BW) will play a solo set. German barbecue, with vegetarian options, and beverages are available. Join people from all over the world in the hostel’s beautiful garden for an evening of good music! 6:30-9:30 pm. Free admission, donations appreciated!

Some fun stuff from May…

Uncle Calvin’s was such a blast (as always) with Dirje Childs!! Thanks Ira for the great pic…

I had SO much fun in Ft Worth Jaci & Giles’s house concert!!! Fellow Cayamo fans, music lovers, awesome guacamole makers and very generous folks!

p.s. they have a dog named Sam Bush. Also a cat named Bonnie Raitt who never made an appearance.

Also had a blast at the Neville’s house concert! Such warm and generous and fun folks…


and I even got to do a sound-check version of “Wheels on the Bus”!

MAJOR fun at Wildflower! Festival with Dirje Childs!!!

and more major goofball fun with Ellis, Robby Hecht, Betty Soo & Butch Morgan!

In other news, I planted my garden. I realize this is a hopelessly hopeful gesture as I will be out of town a lot this summer and I hardly know anything about gardening. But what can I say, veggies make me happy! P.s. I love how innocent the zucchini looks right now.

 

5. THE FUTURE…This summer promised to be jam-packed with awesomeness. I am super excited for another midwest tour with the great Dave Stoddard in July, some gigs around home, my first marathon, and lots of criss-crossing of the country in August along with a little family down time and fly fishing.

In the future I will try to reach as many folks as I can with my new work through live shows, outreach to media, and word of mouth. I am so proud of this CD and I can’t wait for you to hear it!! As always, I thank you for cheerign me on and for following my musical journey. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

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

 

 

P.S. Here is a poem for today…

 

Miss Calypso

 

 

There is a light in the world

called Maya Angelou

that cannot be extinguished

or even dimmed

but burns bright as ever,

same as the sun

 

There was a child

who so fiercely objected to

injustice that she stopped

all speaking. The words

grew there in her head,

she let the dough rise

a good long time until

it was ready

 

Then she sang and sang and

never stopped singing the song

for her heart, for all of our

hearts before she knew it.

Everyday she sings a song

that sounds like the light

of the world. Miss Calypso,

bright bird, flown now but

hardly gone.

 

New CD is here!! Song-of-the-Month Club Members get first dibs!

Hey look, it's the new CD!!!

Whaaaaaaaat?!?! I can’t believe the new CD is finally here!! Special thanks to my Song Sponsors and Song-of-the-Month Club members for getting this thing off the ground!!

Song Sponsors and Song Club members who joined at $15 and over, your CDs are in the mail and on their way to you!!! (If you haven’t yet sent me your address, please email to me at bethwoodmusic[AT]hotmail.com)

If you joined the Song-of-the-Month Club at under $15 and would like a CD, I would love to send you one for just $5! Just click on the Paypal button and please don’t forget to include your mailing address!


 

 

 

I am so grateful to you for supporting my music!!

Beth

May is gonna be awesome, and here’s why…

Hello, May.
icon We’re gonna have a blast together!

 

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! I am so excited about what’s coming up. I’ve been in Texas for a week now and I’m already saying “fixin’ to” all the time. :) Had some really fun times and there are many more to come!

Here’s what’s happening…

1. Gratitude

2. The News

3. May Shows in Dallas, Ft Worth, Richardson, Eugene

4. The Future

 

1. GRATITUDE… I have so much to be thankful for! There are so many folks behind the scenes and in the scenes who help me do what I do and make it more enjoyable. Special thanks to these kind folks for making April awesome: Rebecca and Misti O-P and family, everyone at RadioLive in Pensacola, the Calmes house concert friends, Matt & Cal & Richard and everyone at O’Connor’s, Anne Weiss and everyone at Tsunami Books, Eric & Michael and KLCC, Aunt Nancy & Uncle Dave, Mom & Dad, Michael & Liza & Kenedy & Keane, Kim & Matt Hammer, Roark and KPFT, Sharman P, and the crew at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck.

2. THE NEWS…Well, well, well…I can’t believe it, but my NEW CD will be here in a matter of days!!! What a journey this has been creating it, a journey which has humbled and inspired me. Tyler Fortier and Peter Perdichizzi are responsible for getting me out of my shell and into the studio where we made some of the finest recordings I’ve ever been a part of. This was truly a labor of love and patience over time and I am so thankful to all the musicians who worked on it and all the song club members and song sponsors who helped make it happen! I’ve been working withJess Terry on the graphic design and I couldn’t be happier with how gorgeous it looks! As soon as I have it, I will let you know how you can get your copy!

As it happens, May is my favorite time to be in Texas. I’ve already had wonderful shows in Corpus Christi, and I am REALLY excited to return to Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse in Dallas and the Wildflower! Festival in Richardson, woop!! These two venues have been so important to my musical journey. I can remember my first gig at Unlcle Calvin’s…I think it was back in 1997…opening for Don Conescenti…and how freaked out I was at how quiet the audience was!! I was so used to playing in bars and noisy places. And now I absolutely LOVE playing in listening rooms. The folks at Calvin’s have been so encouraging and supportive ever since and I love them every single one!

If you haven’t been to the Richardson Wildflower! Festival, I encourage you to go because it is truly a special festival. Never in my 17 years of touring have I run across a city festival that is so supportive of singer-songwriters. Al Johnson and his crew have built one of the most enjoyable festivals I’ve ever been a part of. The cool thing is that it has everything a big city festival usually has…the giant outdoor stages with bands, the funnel cakes, turkey legs, art vendors, and activities for kids; but it also has a beautiful, modern performing arts center with air conditioning where the singer-songwriters get to play! It’s truly the best of both worlds. Also my friend and mentor Chris Rosser will be playing at the festival this year and he is not to be missed!

I’m thrilled to be sharing the stage this week with one of my favorite musicians and humans ever… cellist Dirje Childs!! Dirje will be joining me at Uncle Calvin’s and also at Wildflower! Festival on my Saturday set. Dirje is intuitive, expressive, naturally in tune with what every song needs. Here’s what my friend Billy Crockett says about Dirje, and I couldn’t agree more! “Dirje’s cello sings of a deep river. Her smile does too. It’s something about intuition and courage. She finds an immediate path to the heart of the song.”

Back to Oregon, I’ve been invited to be a part of a fundraiser on May 24 called SHELTER FROM THE STORM: Opportunity Village & Food For Lane County Benefit. I am a huge believer in Food For Lane County as I have seen the great work they do at their Dining Room and beyond. I’ve been asked to play a Bob Dylan song and a couple of my tunes. Anybody have a favorite Dylan song suggestion for me to learn? There are so many to choose from I’m like a deer in the headlights trying to zoom in on which one! :)

And finally, JUNE is going to be a BIG month for me. Eugene folks, I hope you’ll save the date…Tyler Fortier and I are going to do a double CD release celebration on Sat, June 14 at Cozmic!! We will share a rockin band and will be celebrating our new CDs — I really hope you’ll join us!! I have heard Tyler’s new CD and it is killer…reminds me of a modern-day Tom Petty with tons of harmonies…sweet!

Also in June I’m thrilled that my good friend Nathan Brown will be back in the northwest doing workshops and concerts. Nathan came to the Sisters Folk Festival and Song Academy last year and knocked it out of the park! Nathan is such an inspiration to me. He was a traveling musician for 15 years, then went and got his doctorate in creative writing, and now he is on a mission to bring poetry back to the people. Nathan is currently poet laureate of Oklahoma, and he teaches creative writing at U of O (Oklahoma, not ours!) and beyond. My friend Margie has generously offered to host a house concert for Nathan in Eugene on Fri, June 6. I will play a few tunes and read a few poems, too,but the focus is on Nathan and I couldn’t be happier about sharing him with my community! Then the next day we’re heading to Sisters where he’ll do a reading at Paulina Spring Book Store, and then on June 8, our friend Suzan L has generously offered to host a workshop and concert at her place in Portland. WOOHOO!

 

3. MAY SHOWS

Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Fri, May 2 – Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas, TX. Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run live music venue, presenting concerts nearly every Friday night in the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. Our goal is to bring you the best possible environment for listening to music, with clear, pristine sound, free of smoke, alcohol, and conversation. General admission – no table reservations – advance tickets available. I am delighted to return to this home town favorite venue!! Daniel Makins opens, and Dirje Childs will accompany me on cello! Doors open at 7:30 pm, shows begin at 8:00 pm and usually go to 11pm.

Sat, May 3 – Rock Porch Sessions – Hot Springs Village, AR. Private concert for residents of Hot Springs Village.

Sun, May 4 – Private House Concert – Sasche, TX.

Fri, May 9 – House Concert – Ft Worth, TX.

Sat, May 10 – Private House Concert – Dallas, TX.

Sat, May 17 – Wildflower! Festival – Richardson, TX. Wildflower! is an award-winning, multi-day eclectic arts and music festival featuring six performance stages, the Wild! Marketplace, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, the family friendly Kidz Korner, and a whole lot more! Located at the Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson- just north of Dallas at US 75 and Galatyn Parkway. BW will be playing the beautiful indoor singer-songwriter stage at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. $30 adult three-day pass. $20 adult single day pass. $3 kids 5-12. Kids under 4 free! 4:45 pm. With Dirje Childs on cello.

Sun, May 18 – Wildflower! Festival – Richardson, TX. BW will be playing in the round with Betty Soo, Robby Hecht, and Butch Morgan. 3:45 pm.

Sat, May 24 – SHELTER FROM THE STORM: Opportunity Village & Food For Lane County Benefit – Eugene, OR. Cozmic hosts a benefit for Opportunity Village and the Food For Lane County Dining Room. There will be raffles and a silent auction. Performers include BW, Steel Wool, Walker T Ryan, Phoebe Blume, Cross Current, Two Doors Down, and Jeremy & Mina Wegner. $12 in advance, $15 DOS or $12 with 3 cans of food. 7 pm.

 

here’s the awesome cover of my new CD!!

well this was the setting for the Hammer’s house concert in Corpus…took my breath away! hey, is that a dolphin behind me? :)

a cool shot from the O’Connor’s concert with Cal Scott and Richard Moore. Man, did we have some fun!!

got to go birdwatching with my folks down in corpus. we were marveling a this handsome Ruddy Duck and how close he let us get…

and then THIS guy swam up!!?!?!?

May is our birthday month. Marty and I have the same birthday. Cheers, baby!!

 

4. THE FUTURE…

Looks like it’s going to be a sweet summer!! In July I’ll get to do another midwest with my friend Dave Stoddard, woohooo! And then in August it’s a return to Chukkar Farm Concerts in GA along with some time in the mountains in CO. Life is good!

As always, I am so grateful for your support of my musical journey. I thank you for reading and spreading the word and listening and coming to shows and clapping and cheering me on! Hope to see you out there on the road. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

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

 

My favorite quote of the moment… “Be joyful/ though you have considered all the facts.” –Wendell Berry

 

Guess what, Texas – I’m headed your way!

Dear Texas,Thursday Apr 17, 2014
icon oh how i have missed you!
Hello there, Texan friends!! Here’s a tiny little burst of news for your Thursday inbox. I have a Texas tour coming up, and I’m so psyched I can barely stand it! I’ll be doing a mix of public and private shows…really looking forward to returning to my old faves Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse in Dallas, Mucky Duck in Houston, and the Wildflower Festival in Richardson! Also, a little birdie told me that if all the stars align, I will have copies of my NEW CD, Sometimes Love, at the Wildflower Festival!!! WOOOOOOP!!!So here’s where I’ll be…I’d really love to see you. Can you help me spread the word? Thanks and always grateful…and save some bluebonnets for me, will ya? Your fan,Beth

More show details at www.bethwoodmusic.com

 

BW’s April Newsy Newsletter…

Dear April,Monday Mar 31, 2014
icon Thank you for being awesome.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! And a very happy spring to you. This time of year is so hopeful, so full of possibility…what a gift!April is so full of awesome that it can barely contain it all. Here’s what ‘s coming up… read below for more details!

Thu, Apr 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL

Fri, Apr 4 – Calmes House Concert – Baton Rouge, LA

Mon, Apr 7 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR

Fri, Apr 11 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

Fri, Apr 25 – House Concert – Corpus Chrisi, TX

Tue, Apr 29 – KPFT 90.1 FM – Houston, TX

Tue, Apr 29 – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Houston, TX

GRATITUDE…HUGE thanks to these folks for making March so wonderful: Barney & Linda and friends, Jonathan & MaryLynn and family and friends, everyone at Abacela Winery, Dell & Milam, the Oxford-Pickeral family, Becky & Tom, Tony & Marian and everyone at Tony’s Studio B, Keith &Leslie and friends, Fran and Leigh and everyone at Madeira Beach, Scott & Michelle Dalziel, Terri & Dave and The Magic Bus and their wonderful community, Ellen Buckstel & Brian and everyone at Shack in the Back, and Rebecca on Annamaria Island!

THE NEWS…I’ve got a couple more southeast shows before I head back west. One of my favorite tour stops of all time is RadioLive in Pensacola, FL…I’m super excited to return and share the stage with Eliza Gilkyson and John Common! You can read about it here, and also listen live through the magic of the interwebs. I can’t wait! And my final southeast tour stop will be the Calmes House Concert in Baton Rouge – I’m so excited to play for their community of friends!

Eugene peeps, I am super excited about my show coming up with the great Anne Weiss at Tsunami Books on April 11. Please help us spread the word! Anne is a very soulful artist, an educator, an activist, and an all-around bad-ass woman. I’m honored to share the stage with her at our favorite independent book store! Here is our poster.. feel free to share!

I’m also returning to the wonderful songwriter-in-the-round series with Cal Scott &Richard Moore at O’Connor’s Vault in Portland. These guys are AMAZING writers and players and improvisors…so I always know we’ll be stirring up a whole mess of fun! Here’s the scoop.

Speaking of Oregon, I am so honored to be a part of OPB’s Artbeat!! Check out this episode that includes Astoria painter Darren Orange, artist and curator Steve LaRiccia,the Venice exhibition at Portland Art Museum and little ol’ me!!

video: season 15, episode 15 | watch oregon art beat online | pbs video

In late April/early May I’ll be taking this show on the road to Texas, a glorious place to be in the spring time. :) Can’t wait to see some bluebonnets, visit family, drink margaritas, and play in Corpus, Houston, Dallas, Ft Worth, and Richardson, woohoo!

My new CD is ever evolving into a reality and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Jess Terry and I are working on artwork, and my mastering date is set for April 8 with Thaddeus Moore at Liquid Mastering in Eugene. Also very exciting…Tyler Fortier and I are going to have a duel CD release celebration in Eugene, and it’s set for Sat, June 14 at Cozmic with the full band, so there’s no turning back! If all goes right, my new CD might be ready for my Texas trip…fingers crossed!

I am thrilled to tell you that I’ve been invitited to play at the Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs, CO on labor day weekend this year. This has long been a very special part of the world for me, and I have wanted to be a part of this festival for a long time!! I am barely contain my excitement as I read that also playing will be Sam Bush and his band, Sarah Jaroz, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien, Darlingside, Elephant Revival, and the list goes on and on. WOOHOO!!

Speaking of festival awesomeness, the good folks at Sisters Folk Festival andAmericana Song Academy are gearing up for another epic year. I am so blessed to be a part of this festival and songwriting retreat, and every year brings new inspiration and a boatload of fun. I’ll be leading the Sunday morning Community Celebration again, which is one of my favorite days of the whole year. :) Check out Dennis McGregor’s insanely awesome poster for this year!

 

This was how Florida greeted me…

we had such a great time at our Madeira Beach house concert (thanks to Fran & Leigh!) . what you can’t see are the dolphins right outside the window!

hey look, it’s Ibis happy hour in Becky & Tom’s neighborhood!

imagine my delight to discover my hosts Leslie & Keith’s whiskey collection! yummm….

singing with Ellen Bukstel at Shack in the Back was an absolute BLAST! Ellen is so funny…it was so hard to keep a straight face! :) thanks Russ for the photo!

an artsy shot from Reba Heyman (a.k.a. birthday girl)!

 

TOUR DATES…Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Thu, Apr 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL. Join us for WUWF’s long running live music program, broadcast live each month from Historic Pensacola Village in Downtown Pensacola. All RadioLive performances take place at the Museum of Commerce, 205 E. Zarragossa Street in Pensacola. 850 474-2787. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Manna Food Pantry. Show starts at 6 pm. BW will share the stage with Eliza Gilkyson and John Common! RadioLive rises from the ashes!! One of my all time favorite gigs!

Fri, Apr 4 – Calmes House Concert – Baton Rouge, LA. Seating is limited. For reservations and info please call or email Robert at 225-261-4718 or rcalmes2@yahoo.com. $10-$15 suggested donation. 7 pm.

Mon, Apr 7 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR. 7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Beth shares the stage with Cal Scott, jack-of-many-genres who writes and performs with The Trail Band and Kevin Burke, and the word-witty and tune-wise Richard Moore, likely to share a few more scenes from “Rain,” his musical-in-the-works about Portland. Discount advance tickets are $12 each from http://songwritersbethwood.brownpapertickets.com/ or $15 at the door. More information from Matt Miner at 503-484-8196 or mattminermusic@gmail.com. 7 pm.

Fri, Apr 11 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. Tsunami Books is a Eugene institution…a warm, wonderful, community-minded, independent book store with a listening room stage in the back! Co-bill with the great soulful songstress, Anne Weiss!! $15 in advance or at the door. 7:30 pm

Fri, Apr 25 – House Concert – Corpus Chrisi, TX. Details to come…please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you’re interested in attending.

Tue, Apr 29 – KPFT 90.1 FM – Houston, TX. KPFT is Houston’s listener supported, commercial free, people powered, free speech radio station! BW will be a guest on Wide Open Spaces with Roark Smith. Listen live here… http://kpft.org/player.php. Noon.

Tue, Apr 29 – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Houston, TX. 2425 Norfolk. BW returns to Houston’s fine listening room, The Mucky Duck! $20-$22. 7 pm.

THE FUTURE…I am so happy that spring is here, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful summer and the release of my 9th album, “Sometimes Love”. All of you Song of the Month Clubbers have my enduring gratitude for helping me make this recording a reality. I will be reaching out to you soon for your addresses.

As always, thank you so much for supporting my music and my musical dream. I am so grateful that I get to do what brings me joy. Happy spring to you and I hope to see you out there on the road! Your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

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

 

My favorite quote of the moment… “Be joyful/ though you have considered all the facts.” –Wendell Berry

 

March is here and I’m stoked!!

Hello, March. It’s so good to see you!

Thursday Mar 6, 2014

icon Less lion, more lamb please.
Rawkin’ out at KPOV in Bend!

Greetings, friends and fellow music-lovers, and a very warm welcome to you new mailing list peeps! It’s been a crazy winter, but thank goodness spring is on the way. What a wonderful time I had last month visiting snowy Bend, Tahoe, Redding, and then Kansas, Texas & Oklahoma! Here’s what’s happening now…

1. Call to Action

2. Gratitude and The News

3. Shows coming up in OR, FL & LA.

4. The Future

 

1. CALL TO ACTION. I will be in the great state of Texas in May, and I have a couple dates open. I have lots going in the DFW area…woohoo! In there anyone in other parts of the great state interested in hosting a house concert? Your friends will have fun and my feet will dance! Looking at May 9 or 11. Email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com for info!

Secondly, Northwest friends, my buddy and Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown will be coming back this way in late May/early June. We are planning a few shows together. Is there anyone in Portland who might host or know a place where we could do our “Words and Music” show?

2. GRATITUDE & THE NEWS

GRATITUDE…What a wonderful time we had in February! Marty got to join me on some of my travels and we had a blast. Special thanks to KPOV, JoAn, Glenn & Cynthia, Ron & Tina, the Darkes, Alex & Janice & the Vintage, Janelle & Bridgehouse, all the organizers and volunteers of Folk Alliance, my girls Kim Richardson, Louise Mosrie & RJ Cowdery, Ann & Bop, Nathan, Frank & Suzy, Terry & Susan and Redbud Farm & Vineyard, Barney & Linda, and Jonathan and MaryLynn!!

THE NEWS… It’s happening! Mastering date for the new CD will be set this week! The great Jess Terry has begun working on artwork. I’ve decided on a title, “Sometimes Love”. Omygawsh, this CD is finally going to happen! Cannot WAIT to share it with you…

I had a fantastic time at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City. What a blessing to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones.! I heard wonderful performances by Chris Kokesh with Leela Grace and Kathryn Claire, Moors & McCumber with Ellis, Bill Isles, Bill Nash, RJ Cowdery, Kevin Faherty, Lucy Billings, Jeff Black, Patrice Pike, Kim Richie, Louise Mosrie, Kim Richardson, Jenna Lindbo, Megan Burtt, Bronwynne Brent, David Berkeley, and so many more I can’t remember them all! Renee got to attend this year as well, so it was great to be part of the Mountain Time Booking team, yay! We had a wonderful keynote by Graham Nash, who brought me to tears twice…once when he talked about his mother and once when he talked about Buddy Holly. And we had a special presentation by Al Gore who managed to scare the crap out of me and inspire me at the same time. We connected with many venues and festivals and hope to expand on those connections in the months to come!

In other news, my friend Della Perry (www.ramblebramble.com) is making improvements on my website as we speak! It’s been a while since the last overhaul, so it’s time to update and get with the program. I’m excited to learn some new features and look forward to sharing it with you when we get it ready!

Last week, my Dad and I worked on gathering together my poems for a book. We had no idea what we were doing, which turned to be really fun. We divided them into possible sections and edited a bit. Next step will be to start thinking about a title and some art work. SO exciting! I have my friends Nathan Brown and the late Jim Chastain to thank for inspiring and nudging me in this direction! I hope I can make them proud.

Renee and I are working on fabulous April/May dates for TX. Nathan Brown and I will be doing “Words and Music” shows in OR and maybe WA in June! And my tour with Davd Stoddard in July is shaping up to kick some serious booty. Woohoo!! But first, March is going to rock. See details below…

And finally, I am so proud to share the news about my husband Marty’s new business venture: E3 Craft Strategies. I SOOO admire Marty’s resiliance, energy, and experience, and I know this new chapter will mean great things for us! It has already meant that we have more time together, a welcome change indeed. Go baby, GO!

 

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

Sun, Mar 9 – Abacela Winery Winter Music Series – Roseburg, OR. 12500 Lookingglass Rd. 541-679-6642. Named Oregon’s 2013 “Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest! Abacela’s tasting room hosts a Winter Music Series every other Sunday from 1-4 pm. Enjoy live music and wine tasting. Wine by the glass and small plate special available from the kitchen. No cover.

Fri, Mar 21 – Tony B’s Studio – Lakeland, FL. 213 E. Bay St. 863-688-3469. Fine wine, craft beer, small bites menu and live music! $10 at the door. 7 pm.

Sat, Mar 22 – Private House Concert – The Villages, FL.

Sun, Mar 23 – House Concert – Madeira Beach, Fl. Seating is limited. Please email me for info and reservations at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com. Hosted by Fran Snyder! 7 pm.

Fri, Mar 28 – Full Moon Farm Concerts – Floral City, FL.

Sat, Mar 29 – Private House Concert – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thu, Apr 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL. All RadioLive performances take place at the Museum of Commerce, 205 E. Zarragossa Street in Pensacola. 850 474-2787. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Manna Food Pantry. Show starts at 6 pm. BW will share the stage with Eliza Gilkyson and John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light! RadioLive rises from the ashes!! One of BW’s all time favorite gigs! 6 pm.

Fri, Apr 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA. Seating is limited. For reservations and info please call or email Robert at 225-261-4718 or rcalmes2 [AT] yahoo.com. $10-$15 suggested donation. 8 pm.

Um, this was our drive over the mountain from Eugene to Bend. Thank goodness Marty was driving!

This is where the magic happens at KPOV community radio in Bend! We had a great time, I got to play a few songs and visit with Rick about some of my favorite songs evah.

I got to play an impromptu set at Crux Brewery in Bend! It was 9 degrees outside so I brought my guitar in while we had a beer…which led to this!

It was so wonderfully warm at the House Concert in the Glen at Newport Hills in Bend on a snowy night…this is Los Ratones who opened the show, also known as Dennis and Natalie

Hands down cutest audience ever!!

That’s weird, I don’t feel that tiny?? From Valentine’s Day show at The Vintage Wine Bar in Redding…

We photo-bombed ourselves at Folk Alliance!! With sistas in song Melissa Greener, RJ Cowdery, and Louise Mosrie…

My favorite moments at Folk Alliance are sharing music with friends. With the great RJ Cowdery (a.k.a. Cobra)…

Singing “This Little Light of Mine” at the children’s hospital in Kansas City!

Oh man, did we have a good time at Redbud Farm & Vineyard?!? With Nathan Brown on squeezebox and Frank Lawrence on percussion! P.S. their tornado shelter is also their wine storage room. Well played, Redbud.

Um, what?!?!

 

4. THE FUTURE…

Well I’m looking forward to a much warmer trip coming up next! :) If you have music-lovin’ friends anywhere near these places, would you please help me spread the word?

Thank you so much for supporting my music, reading my newsy ramblings, and being awesome. Hope to see you out there on the road. With much gratitude from your fan,

 

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

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

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