From her first gig several years ago on a city sidewalk in downtown Portland
to more recent appearances at The House of Blues and at The Palms Casino
in Las Vegas, at The Liquid Lounge at The Experience Music Project in Seattle, and at
The Aladdin Theater and at The Kennedy School in Portland, Beth Willis's unique mix of blues, folk and acoustic rock keeps showing that
she truly is for all of you---head, heart, gut and funny bone.
Here are the Beth Willis musical ingredients----
Combine a wonderfully rich, expressive voice with tremendously affecting lyrics that'll
make you laugh and cry and think and feel within a wide-ranging musical framework that
runs the gamut from folk to rock to blues to country...and beyond.
Beth Willis will make you laugh knowingly with the rollicking "Drinking With The Boys" as
she works "masturbation" and "cogitation" into the lyrics framework.
Beth Willis will touch your heart with the wry, sad "Nothing"
("..We were soulmates...
Then you must have lost your soul...")
and with the poignant pain of "Distance"
("I know that I'm restless...
And I think that I'm free...
But I'm so numb and broken..
And I'm so tired of me.")
And, Beth Willis takes stark self-deprecation to new and often humorous levels with "Masquerading Again"
("I keep reinventing life as I know it...
Keep ripping apart with no chance to sew it...").
Music from Beth's new release were recently played on Portland Oregon radio station KINK-FM, one of the areas most popular music stations.
Whatever mood you reach...Beth Willis reaches out to it and to you.
Seriously, seriously talented.
Beth Willis is, indeed, for all of you---
head, heart, gut and funny bone.
Beth Willis is Portland's musical treasure.
Let her get to you now...and often.
Beth Willis - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Deborah Katz - Violin, Vocals
Robert Richter - Lead Guitar, Bass
Richard Roskopf - Drums, Percussion
"Did I Mention I Never Lie" 2008
Portland Blues Article
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I spent the next three hours treated to something very special. It was like going back in time to 19...I spent the next three hours treated to something very special. It was like going back in time to 1992 and hearing Sheryl Crow for the first time. Just one girl (as near to an angel as you can get)and a guitar. Beating out some covers and great original work.
One thing I could not believe, was the slightly embarrassed look on her face when I requested more and more originals. This gal has some soul. The second thing I was surprised about, was why no record company scouts have discovered this girl as of yet. Drop dead gorgeous looks, songs aimed right at the heart, perfect stage presence, she loved to work the crowd, very talkative and positive. The group fell in love with her by the third song.
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did i mention..i never lie?---the latest EP from Beth Willis---is remarkably real and really remark...did i mention..i never lie?---the latest EP from Beth Willis---is remarkably real and really
Sharply incisive lyrics that range from soul-stirring and gut-wrenching to hysterically
gut-busting....a wonderful voice with uncommon range and emotion...and various song styles
that highlight Beth's ability to move you---from tender, acoustic folk to balls-out country
rock to riveting rock.
Without a doubt, did i mention...i never lie? is...a Beth of fresh air.
Typical set can include any number of originals, and a list of covers that covers 8 hours and a multitude of genres. Ideal set would be all original - mixture of acoustic blues with hints of folk and rock - and fill the better part of 3 hours.
Drinking With the Boys
On the Ground
Fever - Peggy Lee
Santa Monica - Everclear
At Last - Etta James
Summer of 69 - Brian Adams
What I Got - Sublime
Moondance - Van Morrison
When Doves Cry - Prince
And lots more.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.