BETH BOMBARA writes frank, elegantly-crafted Americana. Drawing inspiration from artists ranging from Gillian Welch to Dawes, her fifth, self-titled album is out now. Look for tour dates across the United States this summer.
St. Louis is the only place Beth Bombara could have created her fifth album, which borrows gracefully from the city’s proud alt-country and blues traditions while embodying the collaboration, experimentation and resolve of the tight-knit scene developing there today.
Beth has been a musician for most of her life. She started a punk band in high school and, after college, began playing guitar with Samantha Crain. She moved to St. Louis and started a solo project in late 2007. “The city requires you to be active in your engagement of it,” she says. “There’s not much room for takers. But if you put in the work, the city rewards you.”
Today, Beth tours extensively across the country and is hailed as one of St. Louis’ finest songwriters. She is equally comfortable headlining the rock club Off Broadway and the Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Whitaker Music Festival, where she recently performed for a crowd numbering over 10,000.
Beth Bombara displays its authors’ finest work to date. Previous efforts have served as explorations of Beth’s musical personality (you’ll find records written in the languages of folk, rock and Americana in her back-catalog). There is no easy way to describe the new album. It is full of crafty melody and effortless instrumentation. Her lyrics find the shortest path to the truth.
This also marks a major progression in Beth’s collaboration with her husband, fellow musician and producer Kit Hamon. “We’ve always worked together on Beth Bombara records,” she says. “They’re an extension of our relationship, and the efforts that make a good song are not unlike the efforts that make a healthy relationship. Whether the result of that work is good or bad has to do with how graciously we can sort the strong ideas from the weak ones.”
On Beth Bombara, they have found grace and strength to spare. – Kiernan Maletsky
Aug 19: Lawrence KS, Replay Lounge
Aug 20: Manhattan KS, Auntie Mae’s
Aug 21: Longmont CO, Cyclhops
Aug 22: Denver CO, Lion’s Lair
Aug 26: Bozeman MT, Longhorn Cider House
Aug 27: Missoula MT, Draughtworks
Aug 28: Spokane WA, House Show
Sept 2: Seattle WA, Triple Door Musicquarium Lounge
Sept 4: Sacramento, CA, Shine
Sept 5: San Francisco CA, The Plough and Stars
Sept 6: San Francisco CA, Thee Parkside (Twang Sundays)
Sept 9: Fruita CO, Cavalcade
Sept 11: Colorado Springs CO, 503 W
Sept 13: Lawrence KS, Replay Lounge