Betsy Badwater

Betsy Badwater

Betsy Badwater hammers down a stout distillation of rockabilly, country, blues, soul and high-lonesome. Betsy writes the songs, sings, plays guitar, and a tambourine-topped bass drum all at the same time -a One-Woman-Band-WITH a band. The Americana bandleader insists on organic instrumentation, guts-out-gospel vocalization, and rich, passionate, storytelling.

Betsy Badwater comes from the Suwannee River.... We’ve heard it told that she was born in the mouth of an alligator, wearing red high-heels and singin’ the blues. She says a lot of things. Whether or not these tales are true, we do know that she is a former 6-12th grade teacher and mental health counselor in residential facilities for adjudicated male youth. Funding cuts for mental health in the state of Florida shut down the facility where she worked for many years. Betsy took losing her job as a sign and turned to her hearts desire to play music and create art as permanent way of life. The same formal education and work ethic that made Betsy successful in her academic and counseling career still serves to keep her unsinkable in her new life. The struggles never had a chance to squash her soul.

In just the last 4 years, Betsy has recorded three 16-20 song albums, toured annually and has opened for many of her heroes. Betsy Badwater & The Hillbilly Chrome have performed as supporting act for David Allen Coe, Chris Thomas King, Rodney Atkins, Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Mitchell Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Ten Foot Pole Cats, Ramblin’ Steve Gardner & Bill Steber, Miss Izzy Cox, and more. Betsy Badwater has been featured on NPR radio shows as well as commercial radio stations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, as well as featured on PBS television, CNN and Headline News.

Betsy is also, proudly, the daughter of a long line of Primitive "Footwashin'" Baptist preachers, church founders, and singers. Like Ralph Stanley, Betsy learned, from infancy, to sing in the Appalachian High-Lonesome and shape-note ”song lining” singing style heard almost exclusively in Primitive Baptist churches. Betsy’s gigantic voice came out of a family of gigantic voices- when there’s no music in church, you have to sing “out.” The sound can be as frightening as it is beautiful.

"Nearly a decade after working with Ray Charles on the score for the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning film “Ray,” Chris Thomas King chose to work with Badwater. “I think she’s a very good songwriter, and I think her songs can go quite far,” King said of Badwater and the songs he produced for her upcoming album."
- Michael L. Smith, Pensacola News Journal (Jun 21, 2013)

Betsy's newest record, released Aug 17, 2013, Hometown Money, was completed at The Music Shed Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA with the fabulous Recording Engineer, Ben Lorio. Hometown Money features Grammy-winning movie star and Blues/Americana hero, Chris Thomas King ( O' Brother Where Art Thou, Ray) as Producer and multi-instrumentalist. Betsy toured Hometown Money as a One-Man-Band with a 52 date / 9 state tour of The South, from August to October of 2013 accompanied by Miss Izzy Cox (Austin, Texas), Denton Hatcher & The Soap Box Blues (Baton Rouge, LA), D.Anson Brody (Fort Worth, TX), and Andrew Delaney (Dallas, TX).

2014 OMB Summer Tour (again partnered by Miss Izzy Cox) kicks off August 1st at Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL. Her highly passionate, gritty, as sensuous as raucous albums, Tall Tales, Tales of the Wayward, and Hometown Money are available on all major online music outlets and at live shows.

Denton Hatcher & The Soapbox Blues

Living in between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Americana musician Denton Hatcher is one of the south’s budding singer-songwriters. Hatcher's music is familiar but diverse, much like the musicians who hail from his hometown of Vicksburg, MS., including Tommy Bishop, Willie Dixon, and George McConnell. If a man’s musical taste reads something like a journal, then Hatcher’s influences have helped cultivate an eclectic yet deeply personal sound. From Otis Redding to Hank Williams to Warren Smith (Hatcher’s cousin who played on Sun Records), Hatcher draws inspiration from many styles, but his music stands together like a strong foundation, one that quickly reaches the audience, opens their eyes a little wider, and gets their toes tapping. His music is simple but clever, wounded yet strong, which he holds together with the honest joy of a powerful guitar riff and strong rhythm.

Hatcher’s experiences in life have refined his sound, which exudes rockabilly rhythms, soulful blues stylings, and wounded country charm. He doesn’t sugarcoat what he’s been through; instead, he aims to take the listener on a musical journey of love, heartache, self-doubt, and rebirth. His music instantly grabs listeners and pulls them into the experience of his life, a life we can all identify with in one way or another. By focusing on life’s heavy-hitters in all their forms – relationships, freedom, love, and death – Hatcher speaks to the truths closest to his heart, which are truths that resonate in everyone. His lyrical content may be painful at times, but it is a pain that produces beauty. Hatcher speaks to the grim nature of life’s heartaches and trouble, but he is just as quick to share his love for transitions and a life full of opportunity and adventure. It is easy to identify with his darkest moments and his greatest triumphs, as they are all situations that the heart of America suffers from and celebrates on a daily basis.

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* General Admission * Standing Room Only- Any Available Seating Will Be On A Strictly First Come/ First Serve Basis * All Ages * Additional $5 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian *

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Betsy Badwater with Denton Hatcher & The Soapbox Blues

Saturday, August 17 · Doors 8:00 PM at Vinyl Music Hall