Three of the instructors from the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, will be playing a special concert in Seldovia following the camp. Seldovia Arts Council has hosted instructors from the camp for the last few years. Included in this year’s line-up will be: Steve Braughman, Betty Soo and Doug Cox. The concert will begin at 8 PM on September 4. Come on up to the Susan B. English School Commons for this event.
Steve Broughman, hailing from San Francisco, California is an amazing Celtic fingerstylist. Steve’s production, Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection, is on Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s list of 20 Years of Essential Acoustic Albums. “Celtic Guitar Summit, by Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock, sheds new light on O’Carolan’s enchanting melodies and on the long history of Celtic music they inspired.”
—The Washington Post
“A star of fingerstyle guitar: very deft, thoughtful, quietly adventurous, deeply lyrical and playful.”
— Radio National, Australia
Change is good. Sometimes, you just need a little shake-up to get things to how they always ought to have been. WithHeat Sin Water Skin, BettySoo adds some welcome edge and grit to the heartbreaker ballads and bell-pure vocals she’s come to be known for.
Teamed with seasoned producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Slaid Cleaves), BettySoo has made a record worth sitting up and paying attention to. Her vocals are striking, the players strong, the sound gripping, and the lyrics compelling.
Her first studio efforts (Let Me Love You, 2005; Little Tiny Secrets, 2007, Never the Pretty Girl EP, 2007) were well received by critics, earning praise locally and nationally – even securing her performance opportunities overseas. And she’s not slowing down any time soon. Since their release, she has earned multiple songwriting awards (including Kerrville New Folk, Wildflower Festival, and Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year) and has proven herself a strong emerging live performer.
Joining her on Heat Sin Water Skin are Todd Wilson on organ, Gene Elders on fiddle, and Dave Terry on drums. BettySoo and Gurf handled the guitar and vocal parts themselves. As for genre, she’s still nestled in the folk-rock world, but she is bringing something new to her listeners. “There’s a little gospel, some straight-ahead folk, a bit of twang, and maybe even a familiar oldie with a new twist. Be ready for a surprise.”
Then again, not much about BettySoo isn’t surprising. People are surprised just to see her take the stage. Plain-faced, petite (clocking in at exactly 5 feet), and freckly, people don’t have any idea what to expect – they certainly don’t expect such a large voice and moving songs. “I guess Asian-American singer-songwriters aren’t that common,” she comments, “at least, not in Texas.”
And, of course, there’s the whole issue of her name. How did a second-generation Korean end up with such a classic southern name? Is it a stage name? “No,” she answers, laughing, “I guess I’m just lucky that way. It’s right there on my birth certificate. Soo is my dad’s middle name, too. Yep, he’s a boy named Soo.”