BettySoo writes profound pop/folk with just enough country to makes things comfortable. At once powerful and vulnerable, she handles us like a big sister with everything in hand. Her side-project collaboration with Canadian Doug Cox yields mostly beautiful covers of lost Texas treasures such as Willis Alan Ramsey’s “Angel Eyes” and Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Morning Song to Sally”.
Born in the Bronx to parents from Korea, BettySoo’s music is authentic Austin. Growing up outside of Houston, she played a range of musical instruments, including piano, violin, oboe and flute, as well as singing in the church choir, but it was not until she moved to Austin, to study Engish at the University of Texas, that she discovered the guitar. The rest, they say, is history.
Guided by a strong work ethic, family values and sincere humility, BettySoo’s work resonates with people from all walks of life. When not in her recording studio or touring throughout North American and Europe, she might be found caring for friends who are experiencing the highs and lows of life. BettySoo leans on her own struggles with loss and depression to touch us deeply, some times in places we would prefer not to visit. Listen to “When We’re Gone”, and hear her wisdom and compassion, even as she shares hard lessons from her own life.
BettySoo was fortunate to cross paths with Gurf Morlix early in her career. Gurf’s resume is as extensive as it is impressive, a producer who has been sought out by the likes of Patty Griffin, Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard. While some thought it an unusual collaboration, Gurf was hooked by BettySoo’s moving songs and captivating voice. His genius, disguised by a dry sense of humor and a brusque approach, is clearly evident in her work.
BettySoo reminds us of both our strength and our fragility, but her real message is to carry on, through the trials of life and love, and find the joy. Always find the joy. And remember, listen to your big sister!
Three things to know about BettySoo: (1) Soo is her middle name, (2) she hated piano lessons, and (3) her parents insist on paying to see her shows.
A|S Series (July 6, 2016)
BettySoo writes profound pop/folk with just enough country to makes things comfortable. At once powerful and vulnerable, she handles us like a big sister with everything in hand. BettySoo reminds us of both our strength and our fragility, but her real message is to carry on, through the trials of life and love, and find the joy. Always find the joy.
Michael caught up with her at the condo recently…
Right around the corner, BettySoo will be the musical guest on a “Roots on the Rails” railway journey from Chicago to L.A., August 10 through the 13. Join her for an epic American journey!
Austin Songwriter is proud to present a night of music and stories with Jeff Plankenhorn, BettySoo and Ben Balmer at Pershing, Austin’s newest music venue, on Thursday, December 8th. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm. There will be a meet and greet with the songwriters after the show.
Recently attended an absolutely gorgeous and intimate show at Threadgill’s north location. Friends BettySoo and Kevin Welch traded acoustic gems and enjoyed one another’s company. Michael Fracasso was called up from the audience to play, as was Jamie Harris. A listening room full of big old smiles and a few small tears.
Some say that this building, known as “Old No. 1”, birthed the Austin music scene when Kenneth Threadgill asked Janis Joplin to come up and help him with his yodeling.