SPARKLING Texan troubadour BettySoo is widely regarded as one of the brightest new song-writing forces to have emerged in America in recent times, writes Andrew Keddie.
And she is set to light up the Heart of Hawick auditorium on Sunday, September 25, as part of her biggest ever UK tour.
A multi-award-winning composer, she has many famous admirers.
When she released her acclaimed album, Heat Sin Water Skin, the Austin Chronicle said that in the process, she had “stepped into the upper echelon”. When the same record got its UK launch, Maverick magazine praised her “wonderful gift for storytelling”.
“Her vocals are striking, the playing is strong, the sound is gripping and the lyrics compelling”, said producer Gurf Morlix when he spoke about working with her on the last solo album.
When BettySoo arrives in the UK, she will be accompanied by Canadian dobro master Doug Cox, with whom she has just released a brand new CD entitled Across The Borderline – their tribute to other song-writers they have grown to love.
The pair first met while teaching at a guitar picking camp in Alaska, discovered they shared the same tastes and enjoyed making music together.
The record has been picking up a huge amount of radio exposure and in August, AmericanaUK gave it a top-score 10-out-of-10 rating, saying the pairing was “just perfect”.
Doug, who once served as a tour manager for The Texas Tornados (his between-song anecdotes are priceless), is recognised around the world as one of the finest players.
One of their biggest fans is BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris and when he found out they were heading this way, he booked them for a studio session for his programme, which they will record in London as soon as they arrive.