SATURDAY, April 2 - 2022

5:00 pm
Blues Stage
Beth McKee Band

Orlando singer-songwriter Beth McKee offers songs of tenacity and purpose, sung to a deep southern groove. The resulting sound is a composite of the places she’s called home; Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and now, Florida.

A working pianist from the age of 14, Beth McKee’s musical identity began catching wind once she moved to Austin, Texas. After some time spent playing in bars and touring blues bands, Beth was recruited by Greg “Fingers” Taylor to join his band and embarked on a national tour opening for Jimmy Buffett. Afterwards, Beth moved to New Orleans to join the all female band Evangeline and the group was quickly signed to Buffett’s MCA Nashville imprint, Margaritaville Records. Beth released two albums with the group before setting off to create her own musical legacy.

By 2005 she’d begun to write, record and release albums independently and currently boasts five releases, as a solo artist, that have garnered rave reviews from nationally recognized media outlets like Living Blues, Downbeat Magazine and As her indie career burgeoned, Beth’s strong desire to give back to the communities she has visited inspired her to found a network of over 2,500 women, dubbed Swamp Sistas, a reference to her musical sound and the region it emerged from. With help from the group, Beth began hosting gatherings, called “Swamp Sistas La Las,” a re-vamp on the traditional Creole house party with a purpose.

In addition to writing, recording, touring and La La coordinating, McKee mentors other songwriters and conducts songwriting clinics as musical “informances” at various southern Universities. (University of Mississippi Center for Southern Culture, Rollins College, Appalachia State University and Wake Forest University.)