Heavens to Betsy
I was born and raised in Southern California, in the era when singing cowboys ruled the airwaves and TV screen. Tex Ritter was my favorite. I was one of those kids who fell in love with those singing cowboys. I begged my Dad for a horse and a guitar, and he surprised me with both. The guitar came with a book of chords and I taught myself how to play. Within a few months, I had written my first song, which was about my horse, Jubilee. The song had about six verses and two chords. From there, I met a few friends who also played guitar and sang. So we played at school functions. When I was a little older, we moved on to local coffeehouse. In my early 20s, I married another aspiringsinger/songwriter, and sat in as vocalist in his band occassionally. Shortly after that, I had my first child, and my husband's career skyrocketed. I put my guitar and songwriting aside for a while to focus on my family. After the breakup of my 23-year marriage, I dusted off my guitar and took solace in songwriting. I naturally turned back to the music I had loved as a child. In 2000, I met the extraordinary cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski at the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. We quickly became friends and started writing songs together a couple years later. Heavens To Betsy was recorded in Burlesom, Texas and produced by renown, award-winning producer Rich O'Brien. Having Rich make such beautiful works of art out of my songs was one of the best experiences of my life.