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Radio Bristol presents the Farm and Fun Time variety show, live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, featuring special guests Rachel Baiman and Beth Snapp.
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors 6:30 p.m., we ask that all patrons please be seated by 6:50 p.m.)
Location: Performance Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood. As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world.”
Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling—“I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”
Beth Snapp’s egress into one of East Tennessee’s most gifted and respected singer-songwriters is a metamorphosis of triumph, played out over a trifecta of pristine, confessional studio releases that chronicle her journey of self-actualization with the warm reassurance of a wise confidante.
Her latest, an EP entitled Don’t Apologize, is the culmination of years of growth both personally and as an artist. As the title would suggest, it’s about picking up the mess, cutting losses, and living life on her own terms. The EP has risen to #9 on the Folk Alliance charts within the first weeks of play, and her single “Easy to Love” was featured on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction. Beth has also been featured on No Depression as well as DittyTV.
“To me, this EP is a continuation of a journey. My second project was largely an account of just coming out of a storm. I had survived, I knew things were going to get better, but there was some healing and processing to be done. As time passed, and I did the work to heal, I emerged into a new place. I realized that surviving the storm wasn’t enough. I realized I was put on this Earth to do more than survive.”
Beth’s “Pop-Alachian” sound is a cross-over blend of country, bluegrass, pop and folk, a colorful variance where each element shines. Her silken, jazzy vocals are as delicate as a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, softly lilting over lush, acoustic instrumentation and stirring echoes of Southern hills into the smooth, caramel creamer of an uptown latte.