|Beth Fitchet Wood|
Beth Fitchet Wood is a singer, guitarist, composer and producer. Her main influences are in the folk, pop, musical theatre, jazz and rock ‘n roll genres. She was in the Southern California band "Honk" in the early seventies, who released three albums and toured nationally with Loggins and Messina, Chicago and the Beach Boys. After Honk, Beth played in just about every conceivable musical format, in most kinds of venues. She also toured the world as a background vocalist and assistant producer.
"How to describe a folksinger from Phoenix with Long Island New York roots, who cut her teeth on the Sons of the Pioneers and Rodgers and Hammerstein, with Harry Belafonte and Georgia Gibbs thrown in. Beth sang and played guitar in Honk, a rock 'n roll band that ranged from Mahalia Jackson to Cream to Freddy Hubbard, who improbably was successful enough to land several major record deals in the early 70's and tour with Chicago, Loggins and Messina and The Beach Boys.
After decades of playing with brilliant songwriters, she finally shook it off and began writing herself, and all her influences melded with her own voice into an indescribable yet familiar expression. Her songs are very personal and intimate, and though the folk idiom is strong, her harmonic structures might make a purist run for the door. Or weep.
She has made 5 CD's on her own, has appeared as band member on 5 others, and has sung on countless other projects of every description, in most languages. "Shared stages" with a phonebook of the most influential musicians.
She won first place songwriter at the Tucson Folk Music Festival in 2009, and in her home town, Laguna Beach, has hosted (for 5 years!) one of the best Songwriter's Showcases anywhere
'...pure, plain beautiful singing.' - Mike Boehm, L.A. Times"