BettySoo and Graham Weber

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Acclaimed singer-songwriters BettySoo and Graham Weber join us this week.

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter BettySoo grew up in Spring, Texas. She moved to Austin to attend UT. Lived a pretty normal life, bought a house, worked a job, and got married. Then decided to become a singer… and by default, a songwriter.

BettySoo performs solo and with bands, and leads workshops on songwriting, voice, and guitar. In the five years since the release of her album Heat Sin Water Skin, she has toured extensively with her band and with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox, with whom she released two duo albums of songs penned by friends and heroes.

Her awards include Mountain Stage New Song Winner and Wildflower! Festival Songwriting Competition Winner. May 2014 saw the release of When We’re Gone, her highly-anticipated album of original songs produced together with cellist Brian Standefer in Buda, Texas. BettySoo presents solo, duo, and band performances of original music and the music of singer-songwriters from Texas and beyond.

“BettySoo may well have the most gorgeous voice in Texas at the moment, if not in all contemporary folk: Its purity and strength can be downright devastating when shined through the prism of songs like ‘100 Different Ways of Being Alone,’ one of the many standouts from her deeply moving 2014 set When We’re Gone. The rest of her catalog is just as rich – and varied, too, with 2007’s Little Tiny Secrets flashing a sense of humor as wicked as the true grit that characterized her Gurf Morlix-produced 2009 release, Heat Sin Water Skin.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

For more information, please see BettySoo.com  You can also keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Graham Weber:   Midwestern Raised, Refined in Austin, Texas since 2004. He has headlined and opened national tours, released 5 solo studio and 2 live albums. Lyrically rich, heartbreaking and humorous. “Weber remains a master of evocative metaphor unraveling in the uneasy rift of his whiskey-burnt tenor” – The Austin Chronicle

Graham currently has many irons in the fire. In addition to performing as a solo troubadour, he performs with his band Graham Weber and The Buffalo Squeeze,  sings torch songs with his piano player Micah Motenko, and has just recorded an EP with Austin’s WESTERN YOUTH (due out in January 2018).  He will release his 6th full length studio album in the fall of 2018.

Graham also works as an international ambassador/ writing collaborator/ artist coordinator for The House of Songs. Through this work, Weber travels around the globe to work with foreign artists as well as when artists Austin, building relationships through artistic collaboration across national borders.   

His most recent album Faded Photos captures the landscapes of both territories, sunburned and frozen simultaneously. With string arrangements by Peter Stopschinski (Lambchop, Grupo Fantasma, Golden Hornet Project) and some production help from old friends, Weber has created a stunning collection of songs unlike anything in his discography.

For more information, please see GrahamWeber.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter