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(rhymes with Gillette*)
She has been honored as a songwriter numerous times, from the Billboard Song Contest (three times), the American Song Festival (3 times), and the American Songwriter's Association. In 2008 she was a winner in the Independent Music Awards for her version of "St. James Infirmary Blues." She has performed actively for over 30 years, bringing a mixture of original songs and select songs by others to audiences throughout the country. She figures she has played several thousand shows in her long career.
Her writing ranges from deep emotion to high wit, and her subject matter covers everything from traditional blues themes to vignettes about love and life in the new world to issues of concern to women in particular and humans in general -- domestic violence, eating disorders, addictive behaviors, homelessness -- and she handles them all with taste and insight. In short, Beth's versatility makes her difficult to pigeonhole. Beth accompanies herself on guitar and harmonica. Her unique fingerpicking style, bluesy voice, and range of material have endeared her to audiences in the Midwest and across the country.
She has been featured as the opening act with such greats as Billy Joel, Manfred Mann, Arlo Guthrie, Richard Thompson, Steve Goodman, Bill Monroe, Koko Taylor, and many others.
In 1981 she released "It's A Living . . . " (on vinyl) and in 1987 "Blues in Paradise" (on cassette). Both have been re-released on CD. In 2000 the all-original "Taking the Cure" was released.
Beth is a respected blues singer and harmonica player, and a talented writer of blues songs, as witnessed by her "Blues in Paradise" release. It showcases influences from R&B to Chicago-style to gospel.
Beth has long had a local reputation as a consummate interpreter of
Bob Dylan's songs, and in 2002 she released "Beth Loves Bob," a tribute
album that has been well-received by Dylan fans from all over.
In 2006, Beth was nominated for induction into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.
KLammy Nominees for Best Folk Artist,
Acceptance as a Performing Member of Indiegrrl
"Taking the Cure" (review)
"It's A Living" (review)
Richard Thompson performance (review)