beth sass

beth sass

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
SoloFolkPop

“Beth is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, music supervisor, arranger, producer, and performer who enjoys crossing stylistic boundaries. Her music is deeply thoughtful and evokes a tangible sense of time and place. As one of the first graduates of Berklee’s songwriting department, she studied the pioneers of all eras and genres of writing and performing, while gaining a solid foundation in the music craft and business acumen needed to augment the talent she so obviously possesses. Specializin

Biography

By 12, Beth, inspired by her poet mother and artists such as the  BeatlesLaura Nyro, Dusty SpringfieldThe Carpenters,  Judy Collins Leonard Cohen , she wrote her first song. By 8th grade, she was part of a duo with a friend, that lasted throughout high school and resulted in a vinyl record.

 Beth attended Berklee College Of Music where she studied composition.  Becoming known for her poignant songwriting and elegant piano work, her artistic identity was solidified. As Berklee suggested, she sent her compositions to Nashville, where Sony (then Tree Publishing) signed songs from her catalog. While performing in the Boston area as a solo artist at colleges and coffee houses and suddenly, fraught with angst that was captured and recycled into songs, she found herself a huge draw at  massively attended piano bars. She also spent several years on the New England Country Music circuit, fronting her own band.

 

Beth moved to Nashville formally, where  she was signed as a staff songwriter at Multimedia Music and later Alabama Band’s Maypop Music Group, where she was mentored by great country lyricists Don Pfrimmer  and the late John Jarrard, while also supporting herself as honky-tonk country keyboardist, and piano-bar and demo singer. She also toured for several years as keyboard player, for acts like Herb Reed and the Platters, The Drifters and The  Coasters.

 

She recorded Seven Songs , with producer Richard Adler (Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Alison Krauss), featuring a live band. “Naomi” from Seven Songs hit Indie Music Community Garageband.com, reaching #1 in Acoustic. Also from Seven Songs, her song “Stampede” was chosen for a Shuteye Records Americana compilation,The United States of Americana.

 

Her next  2012 release, Knowing Me, was produced by her and Jerome Kimbrough. “Just one man worked best for me on this record,” says Beth, who says Kimbrough was invaluable.   “We did it all ourselves. This was a product of two people having a big conversation…It’s six songs and six emotional places that I hit over the course of a season.  It’s a season of feelings.”


 

“My goal”, she says, “is to never stop being there for myself creatively…and that the fruit of my caring falls into the hands and the hearts and the ears of an audience, that it’s not just in my own backyard, that as many people as are supposed to be on the receiving end, get to be.”

Discography

"Seven Songs"


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BETH SASS: Seven Songs
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This project was produced and engineered at Soundwave Studio, Nashville, by Richard Adler (Allison Krauss/Neil Young/Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Doc Watson, Marty Stuart). In his own words: "Real musicians playing real drums, bass, and guitars provide an earthy palette of support, all the while staying within the bounds of elegant simplicity and focus on Beth's words. A breath of fresh air to those who are tired of drum machines and unreal, unidentifiable synthesized instruments."

Vocals and Piano: Beth Sass
Acoustic and Electric Guitars: John Mahoney(The Platters/The Drifters/The Herd)
Bass: Scott Lilliott (Loretta Holloway/Texas/Budget Symphony)
Drums and Percussion: Kathy Burkly(Greg Piccolo/Girls Night Out/Sandy Martin)
Background vocal and coaching: Sally Jones(Pinecastle Records)
Organ: Steve Conn

Mastered at Americana Mastering, Nashville, by John Eberle.

Set List

an entire evening of original music