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Wednesday Writers Series: Chuck McDowell with Beth Wood, Wyatt Easterling, and David Robert King
Live @ Red Clay Music Foundry Wednesday, August 1st 2018 at 7:30 pm
Doors open 6:30 PM
Hosted by Chuck McDowell and featuring national and local, touring songwriters! Will be streamed live at YouTube.com/EOPLive

General Admission $15 in advance ($20 day of show)
Wednesday Writers Series
Hosted by Chuck McDowell, a weekly series focused on original songwriters, from Georgia and beyond.

The series will stream live on www.youtube.com/eoplive
Louisiana born Georgia raised Chuck McDowell is an award-winning songwriter and
entertainer with a reputation as a remarkably prolific songwriter in songwriting circles around the country. Clever and driven in his pursuit to write better songs, his focus and energy has gained attention from, and garnered co-writes with, some of most lauded songwriters & lyricists of our day.

A romantic, an innovator and a wildly creative personality, Chuck put together the eclectic ESOEBO, a guitar/cello duo with Gail Burnett. Gwinnett Magazine named ESOEBO Best Entertainer of the Year.

Chuck is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Eddie Owen Presents Annual Songwriter Shootout. He has garnered attention for festival appearances including 30A Songwriter Festival and International Folk Alliance. You'll probably pick up his influences, though they are filtered through his unique and playful instincts and southern upbringing.

No Depression recently wrote "McDowell is a deft and crafty songwriter with an innate ability to write serious, emotionally deep-sounding songs born of rather innocuous incidents."

Humor and depth often intertwine letting the listener filter which they receive. His live performances are known for making people smile, laugh, cry, clap, sing, shout, and stomp. more >>>
After many years of working all angles of the music business in such diverse roles as a multi-platinum producer and songwriter, to Chief of A&R for a major label, to signing on as a staff writer in Nashville, Wyatt has had the opportunity to work with some of the finest songwriters and artists from around the world touching on a number of different genres. All of these various roles have influenced his craft as a songwriter and performer and along with his intricate guitar work and smooth voice Wyatt easily draws in the listener into his world of Contemporary Folk and Americana. more >>>
While trading songs at a songwriter gathering in Nashville, TN, Idaho native and high school teacher David Robert King's boneyard truth telling, worn and vulnerable voice, and magnetic melodies were overheard by legendary singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier who told King "I have a feeling we will get together someday." This speculation led to King and Gauthier gracing stages throughout North America. David has also shared the stage with Josh Ritter, The Mark O'Connor Band, Tim O'Brien, Loudon Wainwright III, Darrell Scott, and Over The Rhine, and has collaborated with Emily Saliers of The Indigo Girls and Jonatha Brooke.

King's dark, sometimes humorous songs, are unapologetically personal while grounded in the arid soil of his native Idaho. His songs reverberate with the sting of the high desert wind and the hidden power of the Snake River. This combination led to a top 40 song on folk and roots radio, wide critical acclaim, and featured spots at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, The Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and Strawberry Music Festival. He is currently recording a new album with producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan, Blue Rodeo) due out in early 2018. more >>>
Beth Wood sometimes plays music in her sleep. That’s how engrained it is. From the moment when a curious five-year-old girl asked her mom if she could take piano lessons to the moment when the grown woman opens her mouth, her heart, her eyes and her hands to sing her song for a live audience, music has been the constant, the silk thread that never breaks. It has been a forty-year spiritual practice.

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. For twenty years she has been writing, creating and touring full-time, delighting and inspiring audiences with her exceptional musicianship, intelligent songwriting, powerhouse voice, and warm and commanding stage presence.
A home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, Beth’s work has expanded to include teaching voice and song coaching as well as leading workshops at festivals, retreats and beyond. Beth has released two books of poetry, Kazoo Symphonies and Ladder To The Light on Mezcalita Press. Beth believes that engagement in the process of creation is as important as its outcome. Her musical philosophy is that there are no wrong notes. She has released ten independent albums.

Beth grew up in the musically-rich town of Lubbock, TX with her mom’s classical tapes playing in the car, her dad’s Willie Nelson records spinning in the living room, her brother’s Foreigner and Heart 8-track tapes blasting in his room, and her own little radio which she would hide under the covers and search late into the night for songs with women’s voices. Anne Murray’s “Songbird” broke something open in her that Bette Midler’s “The Rose” quickly filled up with tears while Karen Carpenter’s “Top of the World” and Captain and Tenille’s “Muskrat Love” delighted her to no end. And then came Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, well that’s how an eight-year-old’s head explodes.

There have been awards. Beth’s skills in the craft of songwriting have been recognized by the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award, The Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Award, the Billboard World Song Contest, and many more. There have been incredible and surreal moments in the spotlight: opening for Steve Winwood, Michael McDonald, Shawn Colvin, Chris Whitley; being a four-time featured artist on Cayamo, a week-long Caribbean songwriters’ cruise along with most of her living musical heroes; singing the national anthem for 42,000 people at a major league baseball game; discussing guitar tunings with David Crosby backstage at a festival; being featured on “Troubadour, TX”, a nationally syndicated documentary-style singer-songwriter reality television series airing in almost 40 million households and 140 U.S. markets.

What matters to Beth more than awards or sales or big spotlight moments is connecting with people through music night after night. Her dream is move something with her music, whether it’s a swirling emotion or a curious mind or tapping feet. Her mission is to communicate joy. That may not be the glamorous part but it is the engine that keeps this stubborn and determined artist on the road year after year. It’s what keeps the songs coming and the words turning. It’s what keeps her dreaming in music at night.

Beth lives in Portland, OR which may be the polar opposite of Lubbock, TX except that both places have friendly people who care about art, community, and each other. Beth has immersed herself in the northwest music community through her work on staff with the Americana Song Academy and as host of the Sisters Folk Festival Sunday Community Celebration. She is still – every day - in awe of the trees. more >>>
Tickets
General Admission
$15.00