Kim Beggs

Kim Beggs

 Whitehorse, Yukon, CAN
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

A voice as cool and as refreshing as the Yukon river" delivers songwriting of the highest order says Maverick Magazine (UK) in a five star review. A rich unique vocal harmony performance that trancends language.

Biography

Kim Beggs Singer Songwriter
Nominee for 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards (cd designer)
Nominee for 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards (gospel album - the blue warblers)
Nominee for 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award (traditional singer)
Nominee 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards (solo roots album)
Nominee 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards (music video (animation))
Nominee 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards (solo roots album)
Nominee 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards (emerging artist)
3RD Place Winner International Songwriting Competition
Some things simply cant be rushed.

It may seem like a long three years since Kim Beggs released her last solo CD, Blue Bones but once you hear the fifteen new songs that make up Beauty and Breaking youll know right away that its been worth the wait. If it was Blue Bones that brought Kim to the worlds attention, Beauty and Breaking makes good on all of its promise and takes her music to a higher level.

Integrity isnt a word thats often heard in todays world much less in the music business so it shouldnt be used lightly. But, Kim is an artist who lives and breathes integrity. She doesnt have her finger nervously on the pulse of pop culture, trying to catch the latest rhythm or affectation and affix it to her song to guarantee airplay. Instead, she does that most rare of things and makes music from the heart for those who care to listen. Like a master craftsman of old, she works patiently and tirelessly to produce music that has meaning for her and that she can stand behind when she hits the road to share with people from around the globe. Shes not expecting the songs on Beauty and Breaking to get her on David Letterman or the cover of The Rolling Stone; shes playing a much different game than that. Shes worked too hard at her music to make those kinds of compromises or concessions to a fickle and unforgiving marketplace. Her songs are too good and too important for that.

Kim, almost born in a taxi cab on the way to the closest hospital eighty miles south in Val dOr Quebec, lived her first years in Joutel, a little mining town that doesnt exist anymore. She spent much of her childhood moving from place to place as her father followed mining jobs around Quebec and Ontario. Prior to her birth her family lived in the Yukon where an older bother was born. Joutel was just the next stop along the way. Kim Beggs did not expect to lay down geographical roots that she could come home to, when she picked up and moved to the Yukon twenty-two years ago, but that what happened and she hasnt looked back since. And, while its tempting to look for the influence of the vast Yukon landscape in Kims music, you might be missing the point by doing that. The Yukon isnt felt so much as place or geography in these songs; its experienced instead as an approach to living the kind of independent life that her music embodies. Located so far from urban centres, people in the North have to become adept at doing things by themselves or they wont last very long. Kims music is like that. For Beauty and Breaking, Kim not only wrote every track except for Moonshiner, an old Irish standard made popular by Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan but also played a significant role in the production of the music with the versatile Toronto producer David Baxter, illustrated the CD jacket cover and readied the whole album for manufacture and distribution. From beginning to end, Kim Beggs was involved in every aspect of the creation of Beauty and Breaking and the results speak for themselves. Beauty and Breaking is Kim Beggs crowning achievement as four albums into an already impressive career, she continues to slowly build a body of work that gets better and better with the passage of time.

As the years have gone by and her skills and reputation have grown, Kim has become less interested in being known as an artist from the Yukon, and wants instead to be judged solely on the merit of her work. Thats certainly understandable as even a quick listen through the songs on her new album reveals the work of a singer and songwriter at the top of her game. Has anyone working in the folk music genre written a hurting song that bites deeper than Beauty and Breaking this year? How many songs have you heard recently that balance the sweetness and pain like Not A Mermaid Song does? Certainly none that have such a seductively enticing rhythm and lilt! And, if you thought Gordon Lightfoot closed the door on nautical disaster songs with The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald you should give a listen to Kims account of the AJ Goddard Shipwreck that immortalizes the last voyage of a Yukon bound ship that met its watery end in 1901. Like all of Kims songs, its about far more than a boat going down, as you tune into the spinning metaphors of love, loss, and impermanence that mingle in the waves the verses conjure. Almost all of the songs on Beauty an

Lyrics

Lips Stained Red with Wine

Written By: Kim Beggs

Lips Stained Red with Wine
By Kim Beggs

Restless in one family knot
My heart beat unbraided thoughts
And I too bramble to be taut
Beyond this mountain bid me come

Lips stained red with wine
Up all night with the stars they shone
Firelight wakes the dawn
When will my song be sung

Sisters ribbons all undone
And their husband’s hats are hung
And I too bramble to be stung
Yonder mountain, my heart strums

For babe in arms make woman render
Mama mourned with eyes so tender
That I too bramble to surrender
On one mountain we did sunder

Lips stained red with wine
Up all night with the stars they shone
Firelight wakes the dawn
When will my song be sung

A maiden still I journey through
With walking stick and heart stained blue
And I too bramble, too fermenting
Yonder mountains streams are quenching

Lips stained red with wine
Up all night with the stars they shone
Firelight wakes the dawn
To sing ‘til day is done

Summertime Lonesome Blues

Written By: Kim Beggs

Summertime Lonesome Blues

My baby’s good looking when the snow hits the ground
My wintertime baby loves me all year round
But he only quits drinking, when my train comes to town

In the springtime, my baby gets blue
When the sun comes round he hears that whistling tune
I know he knows I know I’ll be leaving soon

For five hundred miles, I’ll miss my baby my blues
The train whistle blows my favourite tune
Heart does the talking and my shoes do the walking

I heard the news, on that whispering avenue
My wintertime baby hit the bottle in June
Baby’s been drinking the summertime lonesome blues

He got the blues, ain’t nothing I can do
My blues my baby, until the morning through
Baby’s been drinking, and sleeps at the river by noon

For five hundred miles, I’ll miss my baby my blues
The train whistle blows my favourite tune
Heart does the talking and my shoes do the walking

He got the blues, ain’t nothing I can do
My blues my baby, until the summer is through
And gets the birds eye view "Hey baby I’m coming back soon"

My baby’s good looking when the snow hits the ground
My wintertime baby loves me all year round
And he only quits drinking when my love comes to town

In five hundred miles, I’ll love my baby my blues
When the train whistle blows my favourite tune
My heart does the talking and my shoes do the walking

Can't Drive Slow Yodel

Written By: Kim Beggs

Can’t Drive Slow Yodel
by kim beggs

I was driving down a lonesome Road
In my highway pony with the radio
When lights went whirly and I got pulled over
By the handsome man with the golden shoulders

He looked at me he asked if I knew
I looked at him and I told him the truth
I ain’t having a baby, and there’s no rodeo
Its just because I can’t drive slow

YODELADEYOYODELADEYO

Can’t drive slow when I’m hittin’ the road
Can’t drive slow through the great unknown
When I’m driving down another Tennessee road
I can’t drive HOME slow to my Yukon Gold.

Can’t drive slower than the money I owe
Can’t drive slower than my yodelly ode
For a thousand miles on the AlCan highway
Can’t drive slow to my Yukon hidaway

YODELADEYOYODELADEYO

Well the handsome man with the golden shoulders
He weren’t thinkin’ bout another donut holder
They’re drilling for oil, it’s the brand new gold
I’ll let you go but you need to know

Pedal to the metal for the company store
Pedal to the metal wasting precious gold
Pedal to the metal causes world woe
SAD YODEL WOOOO

Well the only way cause I can’t drive slowly
Is to float down the water on my river pony
Put on my shoes and for a walk about
Or imagine the world from my own front porch

I gotta write folk yodels when the weather is colder
That you don’t mind hearing over and over
Over and over til you’re older and older
Just because I can’t drive slow

YODELADEYO
YODELADEYO
YODELADEYO
I can’t drive slow

Honey and Crumbs

Written By: Kim Beggs

Down past the border I’m bound, another southern town
What’s mine is yours, when I’m on your shores
And tears come pouring down, on the floor they were found
Bartender, sweeping and wiping away all those sad sounds

And when you’re holding me with all of your might
And say my sweet little something, make you feel alright
I put my guitar down at the end of the night
Bartender, sweeping and wiping away all your love light

For all that it’s worth, and nothing I say,
Don’t stop the bones and the heart from aching
Your not my darling but you’re making me wait
I cry every time I drive outta this place

When the sky turns dark, that’s when there’s room in my heart
Where you can sparkle so fine, and I drink that wine
But when the dawn’s early morning tells me something ain’t right
Bartender, sweeping and wiping I’m driving til I’m out of sight

Was that eclipse of the sun, burned a hole in my drum
My wisdom had stumbled, I was coming undone.
And now my weeping’s like honey, my warbles are crumbs
Bartender sweeping and wiping away where I come from

For all that it’s worth, and nothing I say,
Don’t stop the bones and the heart from breaking
Your not my darling but you’re making me wait
I cry every time I drive outta this place
I cry everytime I drive out of this place

Longest Dream

Written By: Kim Beggs

He knows
It’s coming fast
His engine slow
His windows black

Its shaken him
Shaken him silly
Ache in his bones
Get along billy

Its dark in here
Can’t see the sky
Look at that blue
And close his eyes

And comb his hair
For the longest dream
Takin’ him for to see

He’s ready
For his last trip
Its time
For him to rest

On the eastbound rail
And know what’s next
He loved her well
The best he can

She could not bare
She don’t know how
Deep in his heart
She will be there

To comb his hair
For the longest dream
Takin’ him for to see

Fly away
Beyond these walls
Above the clouds
Where there ain’t no fog

He isn’t here
Look at the sky
Into that blue
And close his eyes

And comb his hair
For the longest dream
Takin’ him for to see

Maiden Heart

Written By: Kim Beggs

Remember oh my darling when
My sweetest heart met you
My face did shine with laughing lines
You wound up on a spool

But no satchel sewn could hold the hearts
Of youth that needed proof
Love so tender, fools forever
Lord we broke in two

Cause when you danced all night without me
I heard the shotgun wedding bell
It let me go, to the sorrow
But the maiden heart still loves you

I left town, got lost and found
Down a southern darkened lane
I was a broken down blue sparrow
Big fists that led the way

Was bruises on my pretty face
Big words just could not say
It was the beating in my own heart
That got me to today

A migrant bird whispered one night
Some kind amazing grace
If I follow her to northern lights
I’ll find your sweet embrace

I was older oh my darling when
My sweetest heart saw you again
My face did shine with deeper lines
You wound up on a spool

With silver thread a satchel sewn
To keep our hearts and blooms
Love still tender keeps forever
Made us one from two

Cause when you danced all night with me
I heard the sweetest wedding bell
Don’t let me go back to sorrow
Cause a maiden heart still loves you

Now we’re olden and dazin'
A pocket and a posy
Love surrenders, fools forever
Fallen down but rosy

Cause when you dance all night with me
I hear the sweetest wedding bell
Don’t let me go back to sorrow
Of a maiden heart still loves you

River Green Ocean Blue

Written By: Kim Beggs

River Green, Ocean Blue
By Kim Beggs

You’re sweet and miss me
Running up the alley dark
Scared of something don’t know what
Dark inside my mind and heart

Tumble down and kiss me
Shuffle through your day is done
Worried ‘bout the dropping off
Narrow missed the frozen part

River green with eyes that see
Ocean blue, a little like you

Walk a block and hit me
With a dose a laughing art
Don’t think twice as hard me
Double down and get your queen

Lift your glass and cheer me
Up above the world so high
Bless the fiddler keepin’ time
Get us through with winter wine

River green with eyes that see
Ocean blue, a little like you

Lay your head and sing
Counting ways a bell does ring
Off to church or buy the round
Dream of being here and now

River green with eyes that see
Ocean blue, a little like you
River green a little like me
Ocean blue, a little like you
A little like me

Oh Boy

Written By: Kim Beggs

Oh Boy
by Kim Beggs

Standing on a rocky shore
All the time since he was born
Sweetest heart and a mother’s love
Come pouring through from heaven above

He wears black but he plays in blue
One shoulder high the other makes due
He plays and he plays and he plays in tune
Til the light comes shining through the winter’s moon

Oh Boy went fishing in a waters blue
Oh Boy went looking for his way through
Oh Boy knows about something true
And he hopes the morning comes around soon

When he plays, she always sings
She dances to all the love he brings
When he plays she shines and watches and drinks
She’s wears velvet and a ruby red ring

He wears black to cover his tracks
Only she can find him dressed like that
He goes out walking on a lonesome path
Little girl hopes that he’ll come on back

Oh Boy went fishing in a waters blue
Oh Boy went looking for his way through
Oh Boy knows about something true
Oh Boy hopes the morning comes around soon

Way Too Soon

Written By: Kim Beggs

Way Too Soon
by Kim Beggs

Sky was blue so blue as you
As me just trying to make it through
Sun goes down here way too soon
And me I read the news

Wind does blow and makes it cold
As ice inside a heart untold
Old man comes up here way too soon
And me I’m losing you

Pennies fall from a blown out pocket
I don’t notice like I used to
Once were worth their weight in gold
Worth their weight so I was told

Ground is frozen to the bone
A heaving shelter of my own
Frost is talking way too soon
And me I sleep ‘til noon

Snow is cold hurts my face
Can’t seem to walk out there with grace
Winter comes here way too soon
And me broken in two

Pennies fall from a blown out pocket
I don’t notice like I used to
Once were worth their weight in gold
Worth their weight so I was told

River running through here madly
I walk out to meet it oh so gladly
Oh the ice fog cried way too soon
And me no tears ‘til June

Pennies fall from a blown out pocket
I don’t notice like I used to
Once were worth their weight in gold
Worth their weight so I was told

Discography

Four full length solo CDs recorded and released.

Beauty and Breaking 2014 (Kim Beggs)
Blue Bones 2010 (Kim Beggs)
Wanderer's Paean 2006 (Kim Beggs)
Streetcar Heart 2004 (Kim Beggs)

Birds 2013 (The Blue Warblers)
Pretty Good 2012 (The Blue Warblers)

Long Gone Free (2011) single
Tether Hooks and Velcro (Yukon Women in Music - single)
Music Yukon Sampler 2007 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2005 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2004 (compilation CD)
Yukon Women in Music (YWIM) 2004 compilation CD
"beautiful" (EP) summer 2003
Demo 2002

Beauty and Breaking (2013) NNNN at NOW Magazine

Blue Bones 2010 was released with Black Hen Records in Canada; Burnside Distribution in the USA; Continental Records Services in Europe.
iTunes Spotlight Feature
Essential Track for the Globe and Mail
#1 Galaxie Channel Folk Roots June 2011
week 2 = #2 on Earshot Radio - Folks Roots and Blues
week 1 = #10 on Earshot Radio - Folks Roots and Blues

Wanderer's Paean (CD)
in 2007
#22 Canadian Album Galaxie Channel Folk Roots
#8 Canadian Album for Int'l Airplay (FOLKDJ)
#20 Canadian Artist for Int'l Airplay (FOLKDJ)
#11, 17, & #20 Canadian SOngs for Int'l Airplay (FOLKDJ)
Wanderer's Paean (CD) Oct 2006
#6 for Galaxie Channel Folk Roots Cdn
Top 10 for Canadian Artist, Album and Song on
International playlists in Jan/Feb 2007
Euroamericana Charting

Streetcar Heart (CD) Dec 2004
National radio airplay particularily CBC Radio One
CBC SUnday Edition
CBC Roots Round Up
Music Yukon Sampler 2007 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2005 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2004 (compilation CD)
Yukon Women in Music (YWIM) 2004 compilation CD
"beautiful" (EP) summer 2003
Demo 2002

Set List

Originals:
Honey and Crumbs
Mama's Dress
Maiden Heart
Can't drive Slow Yodel
Terrible Valentine
Summer Lonesome Blues
Firewater Bones
Longest Dream
I'm Thinking Tonight of my Blue Eyes

Set
1. Old Pal
2. Beautiful
3. Streecar Heart
4. Carry My Guitar
5. Busdriver
6. Gidyup Cowboy
7. Petals
8. Quicksand Man
9. Her Big Yellow Backhoe
10. Banks of the Yukon

Set 2 (Originals)

10. Keep Comin' Round
11. My Woes
12. Birds and No Bees
13. Bucko
14. Pieces of Sun
15. Pioneer and Doctor
16. Lowdown
17. Shipyards Song
18. J'ai Besoin des Nuages
19. Heartache Shoes
20. Feel a Little Glum
21. Lay it All Down
22. Wandere's Paean
23. Up From The River
24. Walkin' Down to the Station
25. I Don't get Around Much Anymore

Oldtyme cover songs:
1. Dark Hollow
2. The Bluebirds are Singing for Me
3. Bury Me Beneath Willow
4. I Ain't Gonna Work
5. All the Good Times
6. Close By (Bill Monroe)
7. Brand New Shoes
8. Banks of the Ohio
9. Don't that Road L