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September 5, 2007

E-Letter Vol. 7, Num. 9

I. Salutations
II. Upcoming Shows
III. Things I Love

September 4, 2007
Hello lovelies!
It has been a tremendously long time since my last e-newsletter (welcome to the new folks on the list!). Time moves ever forward and being in Colorado for the last year and a half has been a true joy. It’s the first time in a decade that I have watched a full cycle of seasons while standing still in a place called home. Just recently the hummingbirds (ruby throats and brilliant orange rufous) have come back through on their long journey back south from Canada to Mexico (it seems like such an extended flight for such a short vacation), which signals the true end of summer is near. We hung bird feeders this year for the first time since moving up into the mountains, somewhat against the recommendations of our friendly Ace Hardware. When you walk in the front door of the hardware store there is a cork board off to the right which proudly displays photographs of locals' experiences with backyard bird feeders and their sometimes unexpected visitors. Most photos show black bears cradling feeders tightly against their chests, like precious seeded gifts. Others show hummingbird feeders tipped up to bears lips, sugar water spilling across their great faces, eyes glazed like a kid on halloween. We have yet to add a photo to this wall of bear.

I would be lying if I said I am not excited to get back on the road, to perform, to SING! The Midwest, here I come! This is a long foray into the heart of the country and I am thrilled to perform in towns that I haven't visited now in quite a while (Minneapolis, I have missed you) as well as some to which I have never before been (Hays, KS). I've got a slew of new material and I can't wait to play them live (I have been in and out of the studio for the last week, recording a new, two song "45" for you). The extraordinary Massachusetts based singer-songwriter Jenny Goodspeed will be opening all but the last four shows. She has a new record coming out this month, Under The Ash Tree, on which I was lucky enough to get to sing. I think you're going to love her.

I hope this finds you and your loved ones, very, very well. I have missed you!

(please check musi-cal for last minute additions to this tour)

-Wed, 9/26/07 • Cafe Semolino, 110 West 11th, Hays, KS • 7:30pm • (785) 621-2520

-Thu, 9/27/07 • Crescent Moon, 816 P Street, Lincoln, NE • 7:00pm • (402) 435-2828

-Fri, 9/28/07 • Ritual Cafe, 1301 Locust St, Des Moines, IA • 8:00pm • (515)288-4872

-Sat, 9/29/07 • Saints Rest, 917 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA • 10:00am (EARLY!) • (641)236-6014

-Sat, 9/29/07 • Dirks Private House Concert, Iowa City, IA • 7:00pm • For more information please contact susan-dirks@uiowa.edu or call (319)338-4899

-Mon, 10/1/07 • Live Radio Performance at KUNI 90.9 FM, University Of Nothern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA • 7:00pm • Call (800)772-2440 for more information or be in the studio audience. The show can also be heard online at www.kuniradio.org/kunilive.htm at 7 pm Central Standard Time

-Tue, 10/2/07 • Isabella's (In the Ryan House), 1375 Locust , Dubuque, IA • 7:00pm • (563)585-2049 or www.isabellasbar.com

-Thu, 10/4/07 • Paradigm Coffee House, 1022 Michigan Avenue, Sheboygan, WI • 8:00pm • This is a split bill w/ Steph Taylor • (920)457-5277

-Fri, 10/5/07 • The Basement at Caryn and Danae's, West Allis, WI • 7:30pm • SOLD OUT

-Sat, 10/6/07 • Collected Sounds House Concert, Minneapolis, MN • 8:00pm • For more information or to RSVP, please go to www.parlorparties.com/bethamsel2007.html

-Sun, 10/7/07 • Octagon Center For The Arts, 427 Douglas Avenue, Ames, IA • 6:00pm • (515)232-5331 or www.octagonarts.org

-Thu, 10/11/07 • North Wolcott House Concert , Chicago, IL • 7:00pm • Doors open at 6:00 pm, so show up early and eat! For more information or to RSVP, please go to www.6112northwolcott.com/houseconcerts

-Fri, 10/12/07 • The Indy Hostel, 4903 Winthrop Avenue, Indianapolis, IN • 8:00pm • (317)727-1696 for more information, or visit www.segmentofsociety.com

-Sat, 10/13/07 • River City House Concerts, Louisville, KY • 8:00pm • Doors open at 7:00. Please call (502)290-8338 for more information, or visit http://www.rchouseconcerts.com

-Sun, 10/14/07 • Music Folk, Saint Louis, MO • 7:00pm • Music Folk is a high end acoustic instrument shop, and will be presenting Beth as the first in a series of excellent performances. Please call (800)892-2970 for more information, or visit www.musicfolk.com

-Mon, 10/15/07 • Aimee's Coffeehouse, 1025 Massachusetts Street , Lawrence, KS • 7:00pm • (785)843-5173 for more information.

-Tue, 10/16/07 • Kadee's, 210 East Spruce Street, Garden City, KS • 7:00pm • (620)271-9555 or www.gardencitykansas.com/kadees

Books: Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer. Not the best written book, but it ripped my heart apart. I was crying so fiercely while reading the end, I gave myself a bloody nose.

Music: A 3 Song Demo from Norbert Leo Butz. I am never in my life as moved as I am listening to this man sing. He is now a Tony award winning Broadway actor, crazy gifted and wildly talented, but I will always think of him as a rock star first and foremost. You can check out his on-line tunes HERE

tv: Californication on Showtime. I watch tv and I think David Duchovny can do no wrong (maybe it is an X-Files thing).

Posted by bethamsel at September 5, 2007 12:32 AM