July’s Newsletter, full of mystery & intrigue…

The sun is shining and it’s raining at the same time. 

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

icon Must be summer in Oregon!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers – 

I hope you are enjoying summer as much as I am!  The veggies are growing, baseball is in full swing (ha), the BBQ’s are fired up, and the days are long…it’s a delicious time of year!

Let’s get to the scoop for July…

1. CALL TO ACTION

2. GRATITUDE & THE NEWS

3. JULY SHOWS in GA and CA…(scroll down for more details)

4. THE FUTURE

1. CALL TO ACTION...Hey guess what – unfortunately, my Sat, July 27 house concert near Santa Cruz had to be canceled. Does anyone in CA wanna put together a last minute house concert?  Let’s work together on it! Your friends will love the intimate concert experience, I’ll be so grateful, and my feet will dance. Holler at me if you are interested at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com.

2. GRATITUDE & THE NEWS ..I always put Gratitude and The News together because I am so grateful for my life in music and for every little kindness and positive thing!  I didn’t have shows in June, but still I owe special thanks to lots of folks.

Much gratitude to y’all for continuing to support my Song of the Month Club! It’s the best way to hear my new music, and you get a little present delivered to your inbox every month.  It’s not too late to sign up!!  This month’s offering, “Holding On To You”, is sparse, intimate and personal. I haven’t even played it out yet so you could be the first to hear! You can read all about Song of the Month Club here, and please pass along to your friends if you think they might dig it!

I’m also very grateful for all of your positive wishes and good energy surrounding my audition for The Voice!  What a fun and surreal experience it was.  The audition was in Las Vegas – a very surreal place as it is. 🙂 My dear friend Ocea met me there and we had a really fun girls’ trip. Thank goodness she was there to cheer me on, drink margaritas with me, and help me pick out what to wear. 🙂 The audition went very well and I felt great about it!  I won’t know for a while what the outcome is, and I’m not allowed to talk details because of their confidentiality requests. (I guess what happens in Vegas really stays in Vegas!) But I promise I will keep you posted and let you know as soon as I hear anything. This was a wild ride way out of my comfort zone, but my theory that every song has something to teach me continues to hold true. I learned “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum, “Rolling in the Deep”by Adele and “Too Close” by Alex Clare for my audition. I never would have chosen these songs otherwise, but each one rocks my world in a different and unexpected way.  LOVED it!

I was psyched to learn that the song I wrote with the great Phil Madeira made on his latest solo CD!  Phil is a genius — one of those guys who plays every instrument you can think of, sings like a wounded angel, writes brilliant songs, and produces, too.  He is a regular in EmmyLou Harris’s band the Red Dirt Boys, and his songs have been recorded by The Civil Wars, Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Keb’ Mo’, Garth Brooks, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Shawn Mullins, and more!  Dang! You can take a listen to our song “Let You Down” here, and find out more about the CD here.

July is jam-packed with awesome! I can’t wait for my trip to GA! All year I look forward to being part of the Home By Dark shows.  Each night features songwriters in the round in a beautiful outdoor setting. This year promises to be a BLAST as always!! I get to swap songs with James CastoJesse Terry with instrumental all-stars Matt Blanchard and Jim Hettinger. Woot woot! BONUS: a portion of proceeds from both shows will go to CDA (The Child Development Association). If you’re anywhere near Atlanta on July 5 or 6, come join us! Here’s a video about the greatness of Home By Dark!  home by dark

I’m also thrilled to be playing some house concerts in California…returning the gracious and fun Goodrich house in Redding and playing a new series in San Diego hosted by a Cayamo alum!  And finally, I’m excited to be attending the Zigzag Songwriting Retreat again this year hosted by the great Chris Kokesh and Matt Meighan.  It’s a treat I’m giving myself and I know from my experience last time that it will be a fun, relaxing, soul-feeding, joyful time in a gorgeous place.  WIN!

And finally, click here to check out this wonderful interview with Portland’s Matt Miner, concert promoter extraordinaire…It makes my heart smile SO BIG to read my name in the same sentence with Jackson Browne…whaaaat?!?!

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

Fri, July 5 – Home By Dark @ The Chattahoochie Nature Center – Roswell, GA. 9135 Willeo Road. HOME BY DARK is a one of a kind music event featuring the best performing songwriters and musicians in the country. 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 food is up to you 🙂 Please note that these are “listening room” shows. You are expected to refrain from conversation during the performance. Events are rain or shine. All tables are located on the concert deck, but not all tables are covered by the pavilion.Gates open 90 minutes before scheduled start time. General Admission seating is located outside of the pavilion. No seating is provided for G.A. tickets, so bring chairs, blankets, etc. Got questions? Contact us at booking [AT] homebydark.com. In the round with James Casto, Jesse Terry and Matt Blanchard! $15. All sales are final.Online sales accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Amercian Express. Got questions? Contact us at booking [AT] homebydark.com.

Sat, July 6 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm -Alpharetta, GA. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. Songwriters in-the-round at a beautiful polo farm! HOME BY DARK is a one of a kind music event featuring the best performing songwriters and musicians in the country. 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 food is up to you 🙂 Please note that these are “listening room” shows. You are expected to refrain from conversation during the performance. Events are rain or shine. All tables are located on the concert deck, but not all tables are covered by the pavilion.Gates open 90 minutes before scheduled start time. General Admission seating is located outside of the pavilion. No seating is provided for G.A. tickets, so bring chairs, blankets, etc. Got questions? Contact us at booking [AT] homebydark.com. In the round with James Casto, Jesse Terry and Matt Blanchard! $15.

Sun, July 7 – Private Party – Atlanta, GA

Sat, July 13 – National Anthem for the Eugene Emeralds at PK Park – Eugene, OR. Get tix here or at the box office. 7 pm.

Fri, July 26 – House Concert – Redding, CA. Hosted by the fabulous Jean & Ross Goodrich, I’m thrilled to return to this fabulous series! For info and reservations, please call or email Jean Goodrich at jeangoodrich [AT] charter.net or 530-941-8421. All are welcome! $20 suggested donation.

Sat, July 27 – your house?? – CA

Sun, July 28 – Two Worlds Connect House Concerts – San Diego, CA.Email Jimmy for details at  jimmie [AT] cattlecallevents.com

Mon, July 29 – Songwriters at Play at Bon Temps Creole Cafe – San Luis Obispo, CA. 1000 Olive Street. Live, original, acoustic music — Songwriters At Play showcases top talent from California’s Central Coast region, and touring professional artists. Music starts at 6:30. BW is the featured artist for the night and will play a 45 minute set starting at 8:15.

 

ME?  at the MGM Grand?  Whaaaat?!?  Here I am getting my game face on and generally scaring people with the silent version of “Woohoo!”…


Here’s me & Ocea celebrating after the audition and eating at Bobby Flay’s restaurant and going to see the amazing Cirque du Soleil Zumanity…is she a true friend or WHAT!??!  P.s.We went to bed at 11 pm cuz we know how to party.

 

4. THE FUTURE…It’s going to be a great summer here in Eugene and I’ll be around for most of it! I’ve got a couple really nice OR shows in August, and then it’s time start the countdown for the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy, woohoo!!  Thank you for your cheers and emails and applause and support.  I simply couldn’t do this without you.  Well, I guess I could but I’d be singing in the wind.  Still singing, but not nearly as fun.  🙂  As always I love hearing from ya. May your summer be sunny and fruitful, and I hope to see you out there on the road.  High fives 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!

 

Stuff coming up…

Aug 1 – Cozmic- Eugene, OR (with Tyler Fortier & Peter Perdichizzi)

Aug 6 – Secret Garden Concerts – Portland, OR

Aug 8 – Private Party- Canyonville, OR

Sep 3 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 4 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 5 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 7 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

Sep 8 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

Sep 13 – House Concert – Boulder, CO

Sep 14 – Private Party – Littleton, CO

Marble says he’s ready for baseball. Go Ems!