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By Way of Texas

Beth Wood

Beth Wood is a local singer-songwriter by way of Texas, and her brand of Americana, country and folk music has been getting people’s attention across the nation for nearly two decades. She has released eight albums, appeared on OPB’s Art Beat, received rave reviews from the likes of the Washington Post and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, won the 2006 Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest and been a finalist in the Telluride Troubadour Contest. Her ninth album, produced by local musician and 2011 Next Big Thing winner Tyler Fortier in his home studio, is on its way.

The folk track “Backroads,” off her last album The Weather Inside, matches easygoing guitar with Wood’s earthy vocals as she sings about slowing things down and enjoying the moment in an increasingly frantic world, but then she changes things up with the groovy country rock number “Doing this Dance” about a great relationship. Wood sings evenly in “Get Good” about holding on during difficult times because things will eventually get better; it doesn’t come off sounding like a hollow sentiment, which is key to this song’s success.

Wood is releasing her upcoming album in a unique way; via her Song-of-the-Month Club, she will send members a new song with lyrics and liner. At the end of 10 months she plans to have a fully produced album. Fortier joins Wood at Cozmic, where he says they’ll be “swapping songs and telling stories.”

Beth Wood and Tyler Fortier play 8 pm Thursday, Aug. 1, at Cozmic; $10.