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Dreamwood Acres

by Beth McKee

Psychedelic flourishes meld with funky piano signatures, carnival calliopes swirl in and out, and 12-string guitars and gospel choruses ring in accord with swampy accordion on this subtly lush album.
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5. The Fall
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6. You Make It Look Easy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Beth McKee is the gestalt of all the places she’s settled. From her native Mississippi, where she learned the blues rsthand from Malaco Records session musicians, to her immersion in the scenes of Austin, New Orleans, and now Orlando – all their musical terroir is in her sound. But those inuences, too, have become less distinct in the distillation of Beth’s aesthetic. You’ll recognize the hues if you really wanna parse it. But if you just listen, you’ll hear a sound that is quintessentially Southern. It’s tapped from the roots and rolls like honey. And that voice is rich and forti ed but never has to peacock to show its easy radiance.
For dreamwood acres, Beth’s fifth solo album which releases May 16, 2018, the former Evangeline singer/keyboardist has adopted a new region of the South, the fertile musical realm of North Carolina. And the results of her new sonic adventures, while
adhering to Beth’s signature of roots music that rides the idyllic backroads of soul, gospel, blues, folk, pop, and rock.
According to Beth, “dreamwood acres could be from any place – from a summer camp to a cemetery, suburb or a sanitarium – and this record runs that gamut. I just let the songs go wherever they wanted. Let’s call it free-range music.” And range it does.
dreamwood acres is produced by Mitch Easter protégé John Pfiffner and features collaborators from the jangle-pop god’s inner circle. Psychedelic flourishes meld with funky piano signatures, carnival calliopes swirl in and out, and 12-string guitars and gospel choruses ring in accord with swampy accordion on this subtly lush album, providing a furtherance of Beth’s natural progression as an artist and musician while never sounding like anyone but Beth McKee.
And all that genre-mashing musical exploration sets the scene for Beth’s heartfelt and literate songs of the lost and wayward, the backbone of her work.
“dreamwood acres is populated with characters real and imagined, living and dead, brought into clear view by real songs, played by real people,” said collaborator Je rey Dean Foster.
And dreamwood acres provides those characters a colorful playground to inhabit.
Added Foster: “From psychedelic soul, to Brill Building pop, deep dark folk art funk, and even a bittersweet show tune, Beth covers a lot of ground while keeping her feet rmly planted in the humidity of the modern American South.”
It’s a golden Southern kaleidoscope that’s emotionally embracing and smolderingly smooth. So recline, maybe grab a glass, and dig in.

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