August, I already love you.

Hey August,Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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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. :)


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 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 $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

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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!