Check out this blues boogie by Tommy Emmanuel - Holy Fuck! ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lbvSBNLLoo
"I am the bastard love child of Janis Joplin & Jim Morrison, except that one day while Jimbo took a trip in the desert, Janis was in NYC banging Lou Reed. It's all a little fuzzy from there ... and yes, I'm actually a girl! ... well, currently!"
SELECTED IN JULY 2008 AS A TOP 10 ARTIST & SONGWRITER BY TAXI,
the World's biggest & most-respected independent A&R Company!!!
FINALIST IN 2 CATEGORIES OF 2008 USA SONGWRITING CONTEST!!!
And FINALIST IN 2009 USA SONGWRITING CONTEST!!!
With “innovative tunes that exemplify the braggadocios-ness that is Texas music,” transgender blues, blues-rock & alt-rock singer-songwriter Beth Isbell “redefines ‘dark’ as a plausible blend of the psychedelic and the acoustic.” Lucky Boyd, My Texas Music
"As a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Beth Isbell certainly leaves her mark wherever she performs. Her unique mix of blues, rock, and folk music as well as her passionate performances have won over audiences across the Midwest. Enjoy a special performance from an artist who truly is one of a kind." Oklahoma Film & Music Office, Best Events Guide, 4/08
Tracks in mp3 Player ... all band tracks are LIVE performances!:
Merry Christmas Baby! - Beth Isbell live solo acoustic blues (KGOU Radio cut)
*Mountain King - The Dead Prophets (Beth, Mike Clark [lead gtr], Carol Dierking)
Little Wing - Ed (Beth, Steve Henderson [lead gtr], Ed Zamora, Ron Stinnett)
Voodoo Chile - Ed w/ Steve Henderson on lead guitar
*Am Blues - TDP w/ Mike Clark on lead guitar
Roadhouse Blues - TDP w/ Mike Clark on lead guitar (#3 on Broadjam psych rock)
Crossroads / I'm Goin' Down - Ed w/ Steve Henderson on lead guitar
*My Soul Is Flyin' - TDP w/ Mike Clark on lead guitar
*Katrina - Beth Isbell (both guitar parts / studio)
*Mountain Wind - Beth Isbell live
*Vice-Presidential Blues ... to add some humor! ... Go Barack!
Beth's most recent release was a solo acoustic original indie rock EP "Aardvark" ...
which has received some really nice reviews in the national press:
"It's a very special little Aardvark, mighty and strong,
not overproduced, raw and real - I love it!"
Review by Red Parlor Recording Artist Manda Mosher
(who's band performed on the Craig Ferguson show earlier this year!)
“A Fringe Fest performer, and alternative in the extreme, Isbell is an OK-based artist whose every note is invested with an edgy, subversive quality. Recorded raw, with just a guitar and the artist’s unusually deep, masculine voice, these are the songs of a message artist, one whose lyrics are primary. That’s especially so of American which reveals itself to be a political diatribe and anti-war song. Magic might be the most memorable song due to its engaging, singalong format. Isbell emits an outsider essence that we find compelling!”
Overall Score 7.4
Review by Music Connection magazine - p. 48 (Aug 2009 issue)
""Beth Isbell is an edgy, lyric-based performer who never fails to invoke emotion with her music. Each song on this EP is there for a reason; because Beth had something to say. You’ll be entertained by her writing, her unique vocal style, and her innovative uses of technology to make this mostly bare-bones release shine. Isbell doesn’t have to do much more than grab a guitar and start singing to get her point across. Her politics are seldom hidden but she keeps it all within the realm of decent freedom of speech. While you may derive your own meaning, the lyric 'I don’t want to be un-American, but I don’t want to be an American idol…' says so much about Isbell. The symbolism is thick and exists on so many levels. Isbell covers Radiohead’s 'Creep' and offers five original compositions in this half-dozen EP. Beth will be heard. You might as well hear her now so you’ll have a chance at understanding. Isbell’s life has been hard and full of personal trials, crushing defeats, and remarkable triumphs. Each have found their way to this disc. This is alternative art at its best; shunning the mainstream and shouting the message!""
Review by Lucky Boyd, My Texas Music (Jul 27, 2009)
"I try to deliver my soul to the audience in every performance," and folks are really beginning to notice and connect. For example, in 2008 Beth, as a solo artist, has headlined a multi-artist concert for a Texas radio station and recently played at a huge music festival in Atlanta with an average 3-day attendance of over 350,000. Beth has also fronted several original & blues/rock cover bands and is one of the best frontpersons to recently emerge on the scene. Beth's voice has been described by industry A&R pros as having "a great David Bowie quality." Her performance & writing style is a cross between Neil Young & David Bowie. Put a great band behind her and she can deliver magic with the power & passion of Jim Morrison & Janis Joplin. Growing audiences just love her passionate performances!
Beth is an accomplished and award winning songwriter in multiple genres. Beth was selected by TAXI, the world's leading independent A&R company, as one of their Top 10 artists/songwriters for July 2008. Her song The Good Woman Waltz was the No. 1 country song in the Texas Top 40 chart and was picked by TAXI as one of their 10 favorite songs for July 2008. While Beth writes in multiple genres, her favorite songs to perform are original acoustic rock pieces – dark, haunting , moody, grungy, compelling and riveting. Beth's music “redefines ‘dark’ as a plausible blend of the psychedelic and the acoustic.”
As to being transgendered, Beth says "it's not a choice, I just am. The bottom line is that I'm just more comfortable being female for lots of medical reasons starting from birth. It's taken a while for me to accept who I really am, but I have and really like my new self, ... I hope you do too. :)
Most of all, I hope you dig the music!"
Main Music Site: http://www.studioeight.tv/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=16212
CONNECT WITH BETH:
Beth's Music Videos: http://www.youtube.com/roxybeast
Beth's Other Music Sites:
Broadjam (over a dozen songs in top 10 charts!): http://www.broadjam.com/bethisbell
Influences: Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Eric Clapton, SRV, Freddie King, Rolling Stones, Luther Allison, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, Mance Lipscomb, Townes Van Zandt, and Kurt & Dave.
Beth Isbell Music Related Websites ....
Beth's Myspace Sites:http://www.myspace.com/bethisbell
(main solo & original acoustic rock fan website)http://www.myspace.com/thedeadprophets
(Dallas psychedelic rock band fan website)http://www.myspace.com/thebanded
(OKC blues band fan website)http://www.myspace.com/billisbellfolkband
(Nashville americana/folk/country fan website)http://www.myspace.com/billisbell
(personal/main music business and A&R website - 1,500+ friends)
Blues Band Recordings: http://www.livebluesworld.com/profile/bethisbell
Rock & Blues Recordings: http://guitarworkshop.ning.com/profile/bethisbell
Beth's Ourstage Sites (#1 comedy song Feb. 09, #2 comedy song Jan. 09):http://www.ourstage.com/fanclub/bethisbellhttp://www.ourstage.com/fanclub/thedeadprophetshttp://www.ourstage.com/fanclub/billisbell
Songwriting & Radio Quality Download Sites:http://www.airplaydirect.com/bethisbellhttp://www.broadjam.com/bethisbellhttp://www.taxi.com/bethisbell
CD Sales Sites:
**Solo Acoustic Rock & Blues CDs --http://www.mytexasmusic.com/bethisbell/
(All Solo CDs)http://cdbaby.com/cd/bisbell
(The Awakening EP)http://cdbaby.com/cd/bisbell2
(Live @ Blue Moon CD)
**Psychedelic Rock-The Dead Prophets: Bonus Editionhttp://www.mytexasmusic.com/deadprophets/http://cdbaby.com/cd/deadprophets2
**Nashville Americana/Folk/Country "The Good Woman Waltz" CD--http://www.mytexasmusic.com/billisbell/http://cdbaby.com/cd/billisbell
itunes: type "The Good Woman Waltz" into search
Mp3 Sales Sites:http://www.isound.com/beth_isbell
(download sales - solo acoustic cds)http://www.isound.com/dead_prophets
(download sales-psych rock cd)http://www.isound.com/bill_isbell
(download sales - Nashville studio cd)
-or- on iTunes! (search "Beth Isbell")