BETH MCKEE with Colin Allured Appearing Fri Oct 23rd 2015 at 8pm

Tickets:
$10


Like Bonnie Raitt with less of the over-polish, Lucinda Williams with her act more together. Maybe Dusty Springfield if she had a weekly honky tonk gig.
 — Alex V. Cook
 (New Orleans Offbeat Magazine)

  



Honky Tonk piano worthy of some 
Jerry Lee Lewis arson.
– L.A. Weekly (live review)






Beth McKee has lived through the South from Mississippi to New Orleans, through Florida, Texas and North Carolina and is well familiar with both the joys and hard times necessary to create soulful music. Her May, 2015 release Sugarcane Revival reveals a career defining collection of originals that reflect her continued efforts to delve into the fabric of her deep-South upbringing. As critic Bill Bentley wrote in The Morton Report, “These are songs that matter.” In 2012 she brought her full-hearted voice to “Next To Nowhere,” an all-original collection of songs carved from the struggles of life as a working musician in the South. With stellar reviews and radio airplay worldwide, including a nationally aired tourism commercial for her home state of Mississippi, her career as an indie artist has flourished and she has found a niche for herself among the songwriters of the deep south.
While spending some time off-road to record the new album Beth saw a need to unify her local songwriting community. In early 2014 she began hosting a monthly singer/songwriter series at Orlando hotspot The Smiling Bison. The series quickly became one of the most well attended regular events in town and from it Beth has spawned an all female songwriters circle that meets monthly with every member writing a song each month using a word or phrase that Beth provides ahead of time.

After her New Orleans band Evangeline terminated their contract with MCA Records and broke up in the mid 1990’s Beth took a break from the music business and worked on developing her craft. She honed her songwriting skills in 2010 by recording and releasing “I’m That Way” and breathed her fire into the works of Chess Record’s Louisiana legendBobby Charles. “Recording Bobby’s songs was a great study in songwriting and I learned a lot from it and from him.” Bobby, was so impressed with Beth’s interpretations of his songs that he asked her to sing with him on his own record “Timeless” which she did and which would turn out to be the last before his death.

Beth has a strong desire to give back to the communities she visits during her tours, so she founded a network of over 2,300 southern women that she dubbed her Swamp Sistas. With their help, Beth hosts gatherings called “La Las” around the South. The Swamp Sista La Las are celebrations of regional music, food and culture and raise awareness and money for community issues and organizations that are important to the group.

The most recent Swamp Sista La La, held in May 16 at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival was a record breaking event and also the release event for Sugarcane Revival. Prior to that were La Las at East End Market in Winter Park, Florida at SECCA in Winston Salem, NC in conjunction with Cobblestone Market, WMNF Community Radio in Tampa, Fl. and at Starbright Farm in Lewisville, North Carolina.


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