Betty Soo/Doug Cox
Living 2,500 miles apart (a couple airplane flights plus a long ferry ride) and working in different musical worlds aren't circumstances that make for convenient collaboration. But their friendship and musical respect were immediate, as they found countless familiar threads in the people and music they admired. Some songs they shared were penned by writers celebrated around the world, others were lesser-known, and still others were written by dear friends. BettySoo and Doug decided to create a show built around the stories and work of their mostly-unsung heroes.
"The touring and recording BettySoo and I plan to do is based on all the stories and songs we have each collected over years of being surrounded by great characters." says Cox, "Lots of these songs are in danger of disappearing if they don't keep being sung. Keeping these songs alive is what we intend to do with Across The Borderline."
With two voices, a guitar and a dobro, Across the Borderline gathers different places and sounds: low and high, north and south, hope and heartbreak.
Who, in her right mind, drops out of graduate school, chucks a mortgage-paying day job and empties her savings account to launch a music career at the ripe age of 26 within weeks of writing her first song?
BettySoo, that's who.
It's working out for her, given the Austin-based singer-songwriter is eight years into said music career and shows no signs of stopping not with half a dozen albums to her name, fistfuls of glowing reviews, and an ever-growing international grassroots fan base.
A fortuitous beginning to an immensely satisfying musical adventure one that has found her playing to listening room and festival audiences from coast to coast as well as in Canada and Europe. Like many self-critical artists, BettySoo is quick to dismiss the merits of her charmingly modest debut, 2005's Let Me Love You, but subsequent releases 2007's Little Tiny Secrets and Never the Pretty Girl EP, 2009's Gurf Morlix-produced Heat Sin Water Skin, and 2011's Lie to Me, an all-covers collaboration with Canadian Doug Cox under the duo handle Across the Borderline have all been embraced by critics, peers, and folk, AAA and Americana DJs. (A second duo album, More Lies, was released in Europe by Continental Records in 2012.)
But in a few short years, BettySoo has proven herself an ascendant songwriter with multiple awards (Kerrville New Folk, Mountain Stage NewSong, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year, Wildflower! Festival, Sisters Folk Fest), a powerful and often hilarious performer (SXSW Official Showcase, Int'l Folk Alliance Official Showcase, Kerrville Folk Fest Main Stage, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Music Fest), and an engaging, effective teacher (Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, Sisters Americana Song Academy).
About Doug Cox
Musically, dobro and string player Doug Cox covers the waterfront. From Blues to New Acoustic Music, World Music to Americana, Doug has collaborated with iconic British blues master Long John Baldry, India's musical royalty Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, guitar master Amos Garrett, Austrian Dub band Dubblestandart, American songwriter Chuck Brodsky, and African guitarist The Mighty Popo, to name a few.
One doesn't find one's self in such esteemed musical company without some serious chops, and Doug's got those. Less often remarked upon but every bit as important is the fact that Doug Cox has "big ears."
And everybody's talking about Cox newspapers including The Toronto Daily Star and The Boston Globe, music magazines including Folk Roots, Guitar Player, and Acoustic Guitar and all kinds of other folks. Described as "brilliant," "stunning," "ground-breaking," "virtuoso," and "a musician's musician," it comes down to the same message: his journey is worth watching.
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