|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 -Â 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!!
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”.)
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.Â 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.Â 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.Â This event is open to the public and presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc.Â 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.Â 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 -Â 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. Itâ€™s closely connected and run by the folks at Signature Sounds Recordings, one of the worldâ€™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 moreâ€¦ 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,
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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