“Charm, stories, humor, insightful songs, sweet voice, and dazzling guitar ability.” ~ BBC Radio Belfast
David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker and writer. He has performed over 3000 concerts and released twelve full-length CDs of primarily original music, touring in all of the fifty states, as well as five of the seven continents. The Boston Globe writes that his music “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition,” while BBC Radio Belfast lauds his “charm, stories, humour, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability.”
LaMotte’s newest album, The Other Way Around, features musicians from every inhabited continent, and guest appearances from Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nicky Sanders and Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Tim O’Brien, among a large cast of musicians. It was released in September of 2016, and debuted at #8 on the Folk-DJ chart.
Touring full-time for over twenty-five years, LaMotte has developed a large and loyal following around the world. His music has been honored with numerous awards and artist grants, and has been featured on dozens of artist compilations. Notably, his song Dark and Deep was included on Songs Inspired By Literature, Chapter One, a benefit CD to raise money for adult literacy. Other artists on that CD include Suzanne Vega, Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen. Several independent films feature David’s music, and it has been heard on the Today Show and the Showtime television series This American Life.
LaMotte is also a public speaker and workshop leader, offering Worldchanging 101 workshops around the world for more than a decade. As a result of his work with schools in Guatemala, he was named a “Madison World Changer” by his undergraduate alma mater, James Madison University.
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood.
Beth began her musical journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few. When she wasn’t dodging tornadoes and dust storms, Beth was studying classical piano, violin, harp, and voice and contemplating the greatness of her family’s record collection. With big dreams of becoming a musician, Beth left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, where she picked up a degree in literature and a guitar. Beth began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since. Twenty years, thousands of shows, ten albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, Beth has never looked back.
Beth has been featured on “Troubadour, TX”, a nationally syndicated documentary-style singer-songwriter reality television series airing in almost 40 million households and 140 U.S. markets. Beth has also been a four-time featured artist on Cayamo, a week-long Caribbean songwriters’ cruise along with Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, John Prine, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson and many more.
Beth lives in Portland, OR and is loving the Northwest life. Beth has immersed herself in the northwest music community, including working on staff with the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy for six years as an instructor and host of the Sunday Community Celebration. Beth’s work has expanded to include teaching voice and song coaching as well as leading workshops at festivals, retreats and beyond.
“A superb singer/songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” — Washington Post
“Wood is about as good as it gets if you appreciate the singer/songwriter genre.” –Charlotte Creative Loafing
“Lord have mercy…Wood is a down-home, old-fashioned girl with a wicked streak” — Indie-music.com
“…when you come across a recording like Beth Wood’s “The Weather Inside” you take note and recognize that this is the work of a genuine artist with a remarkable voice determined to make meaningful and lasting art.” –Lone Star Music Magazine
Chris Rosser is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer and producer. As a
solo performer, he has opened shows for folk and pop luminaries such as John Mayer,
Tom Rush, David Wilcox, Shawn Mullins, John Gorka, Nickel Creek, and more. He has
released four solo singer-songwriter recordings, Archaeology (1998), The Holy Fool
(2000), Hidden Everywhere (2006) and A Thousand Hands (2014).
Rosser illustrates his talent as an instrumentalist and composer in the world fusion trio
Free Planet Radio. He plays the Indian dotar, sarod, Turkish cumbus oud, melodica,
piano and guitar on their two CD releases New Bedouin Dance (2004) and The
Unraveling (2008). He also tours internationally as the keyboardist with master Turkish
musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and plays piano, guitar and oud in Grammy-winning flute
virtuoso Rhonda Larson’s ensemble, Ventus. In 2014, he will tour with Ventus for 35
shows in the top concert halls of the People’s Republic of China.
Rosser has won songwriting contests at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the
Merle Watson Festival, has showcased twice at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was
a New Folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival. As a recipient of the 1999 WNC
Regional Artists grant, he continued his studies of Hindustani classical music and the
sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world famous Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan
in San Rafael, CA. In 2003, he was awarded a prestigious songwriter/composer
fellowship from the NC Arts Council. Chamber Music America awarded him and Free
Planet Radio a grant in 2014 to compose and perform a three movement piece for the
trio plus string quartet. Rosser earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami
School of Music where he studied jazz piano and studio recording.
In addition to performing, Rosser has produced and engineered over 150 CD projects
for other artists in his Hollow Reed Arts recording studio in Asheville, NC. He has
composed music for national commercial spots, and TV shows on Animal Planet, TLC,
Oprah Winfrey Network and more. His song “Make A Wish” was featured in the TLC
show “Jon & Kate + 8” during an episode with 12 million viewers. He composed the
score for the pilot and eight episodes of the TLC TV show “United Bates of America.”
He recently produced and engineered the album “Unity” for Sean Johnson & The Wild
Lotus Band which debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart.